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to the senior level.
A quick look around the country
will recognise participation as a major
factor, but we are woefully short of
coaching educational personnel.
One does not have to watch the
practice sessions in order to see what
type of coaching methods are being
shared with the players, many of
whom have been identified as excel-
lent prospects for the future.
Thanks to the professional cricket
journalists, names like Evin Lewis,
Akil Hosein, Cariah, and quite a few
others have supplied all the encour-
agement for their scores at domestic
But the success does not take them
forward in their application to batting,
bowling and in lesser cases fielding
at the next step.
Literally, it will be fear to remark
that the exposure has been offered
to the youngsters but it is not accom-
panied by good technical advice, plan-
ning innings, implementation of line,
length and variation in the bowling.
It is my honest view that the men-
tal approach to the game is minimal,
causing them to fall well below their
The TTCB needs to be fair In their
analysis and take the appropriate steps
to make adjustments in the area of
coaching, especially for the lads who
are moving from the seventeen-years
to the adult stage.
Unfortunately, our young football
program is just as unsuccessful despite
the enthusiasm of inexperience
coaches, whose shortcomings are eas-
ily seen when they come up against
their concacaf neighbours.
It is amazing to make a survey of
the methods used to employ coaches
for youth players whose desired infor-
mation is very vital and their com-
munication skills must bring under-
standing patterns of individual
technique and team tactics.
I wonder if the authorities have
taken examples from the Mexicans,
the Canadians, the Costa Ricans and
Honduras especially, all of whom
include their most experienced coach-
es to build that initial foundation.
It is impossible for any of these
green horns to give an explanation
why they have failed to bring more
than two goals in four hundred and
fifty minutes of Football.
One interesting statistic which
identifies the quality of coaches, is
the number of times that their team
can string eight or nine passes con-
secutively and sometimes create a
goal opportunity at the end of same.
It pained me to see the failure of
the players to just retain possession
for a long enough period which could
cause discomfort to opponents, some
of who are moderate in quality.
Some may wish to throw that prob-
lem into the laps of many of the pro
clubs, whose technical ability to keep
that ball and build penetrative options
for scoring are aslso limited.
must not be seen as handouts
This recent Concacaf WC qualify-
ing tournament must send a serious
message to the Association, knowing
that the high expenditure did not fit
the final result.
And to think that some of these
guys are seeking soccer scholarships
in the USA, while their clubs are des-
perately searching for contracts in the
remote football countries in the Asian
and European clubs.
The investment by the government
must not appear to be just a handout,
but the funds must be channeled in
programs which are well in keeping
with an assurance of improved play.
It is possible to recognise fair per-
formances that led to losing results,
but organised play and the basic fun-
damentals of passing, shooting, and
solid defending can still be a part of
their game. Let us hope that our sen-
ior team can bring some quality of
our games this year.
There is hardly ever a good
reason for succumbing to defeat
as often as our under seventeen
national football teams and the
Red Force cricket franchise.
However, it is much easier to
understand the predicament of
the national cricket squad.
Having loss the opportunity to
put the best players on the field
may not appear to be the real
reason, simply because the other
countries have suffered a similar
Nevertheless, all the current
players have demonstrated at one
time or another that they are
capable to perform at the regional
level, especially those who have
had exposure at the youth level
for a few years.
These poor results call for strict
analysis by the coaching staff and
the players, not with harsh crit-
icism which will make them
angry, but comments which
could provide lessons for their
Clearly, the most obvious
obstacle lies with the absence of
motivation among the players,
knowing that the picture ahead
does not bring out the best in
The completely dwindling
crowd is evidence that the fans
may have given up through dis-
appointment and absence of their
Flaws in game development
Cricket flaws are hidden. What
appears in the middle is only a
smokescreen that may be used
in order to hide the flaws in our
development programme, directly
related to the line of progress
leading from the youth standard
cricketer and footballer
Defeat is following our nationals teams
...Youth football, cricket
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