Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 3rd 2015 Contents A62
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, September 3, 2015
Soca Warriors coach Stephen
Hart has made it clear that he will
not tolerate any form of disregard
for this country s football pro-
gramme by players of clubs.
Hart, a nativev of San Fernando,
was speaking in Utah, USA yester-
day as he continued preparations
for Friday s international friendly
against Concacaf rival Mexico.
Speaking to both international
and local media, Hart statements
came on the heels of the withdrawal
from the Soca Warriors 20-man
squad by England-born former
Arsenal youth player Gavin Hoyte.
With Concacaf semifinal round
World Cup qualifiers just around
the corner for T&T against USA
and the winners of the Guatemala-
Antigua & Barbuda, and Aruba-St
Vincent and The Grenadines ties,
Hart was eager to have a look at
the 25-year-old Hoyte, who has
only featured twice for the senior
However, Hoyte was forced to
withdraw from the squad on Friday
because of pressure from his English
club Barnet FC.
Commenting on the issue Hart,
a former Canada head coach said
there has to be compromise between
the involved parties especially on
the verge of a World Cup qualifying
Up to Friday Hoyte was in contact
with the T&T team manager
William Wallace and all seemed set
for his travel until he didn t show
up for his flight out of London along
with fellow English-based pro Andre
Hoyte later admitted that the club
had asked him to miss the encounter,
but there was no communication
from the club and Wallace was not
pleased that the decision was only
taken at such a late stage.
"I was not pleased with how his
club handled it. Basically they bullied
the player. They told him he would
be available and they would release
him and then just hours before he
is supposed to get on the plane they
refuse to let him go and then you
place the player in a situation where
he is in a scrap with the club and
I think that was very unprofes-
sional of him and quite frankly they
showed disrespect to the T&T inter-
national program because I am sure
if it was England who called him,
or Ireland or Wales, they would let
him go," Hart said.
"It is certainly a situation that I
am not going to look upon lightly
with other players as well if it comes
up. I will enter discussions with
Gavin because he has to also put his
foot down with the club .
"They didn t say yes from the
beginning because then they knew
we could refer to the FIFA statutes.
"Quite clearly going into World
Cup is extremely important players
are on top of their game and playing
regularly for their clubs and of
course we want to have proper rela-
tionships with the involved parties.
"There will be no situation like
this come World Cup qualifying
because we will have to know from
the onset whether the player is
coming or not and take action
accordingly depending on the matter
at hand," Hart stated.
Hoyte is a former Arsenal and
England youth international player
and his brother Justin is also a mem-
ber of the T&T national team.
Commenting on the training
camp so far, Hart said: "I m glad
we got these days in because the
altitude takes a bit of getting used
to for the players. They aren t strug-
gling but they have to adapt."
He touched on the showing by
some of the players coming into the
squad who were not part of the
Gold Cup such as Trevin Caesar,
Neveal Hackshaw and Marcus
"They have done well. (Trevin)
Caesar is coming in with a renewed
energy and passion. I like how he
has trained. (Neveal) Hackshaw has
always been a player that seems to
be all business. For a young man
he has a very good professional atti-
tude and I like that. A lot of players
when they look around at the squad,
they realize there are new faces and
there are positions to play for and
fight for and this is essential for our
team to move forward," Hart added.
The team trained twice on
Wednesday and will have one
evening session on Thursday at the
Rio Tinto Stadium which is sold
out for Friday s match.
team in medal
The national men s cycling sprint
team of Kwesi Browne, Njisane
Phillip and Jude Codrinton were in
contention for a bronze medal after
press time last night at the Elite Pan
American Cycling Championships
in Santiago, Chile.
T&T finished third overall with a
time of 44.441 seconds, finishing
behind Canada (44.305) and
Venezuela (43.959). T&T faced Brazil
for the bronze medal yesterday on
the opening day of the Champi-
The men s 4km team pursuit team
of Akil Campbell, Varun Maharajh,
Jovian Gomez and Gavyn Nero broke
the national record with a time of
four minutes, 28:202 seconds
(4:28:202). It was T&T s debut at
the Pan Am Championships in the
event. Unfortunately, the team did
not advance out of the qualifying
round after finishing seventh overall.
T&T finished behind Colombia
(4:04:860), Canada (4:06:198), Chile
(4:06:533), Argentina (4:07:859),
Venezuela (4:09:352) and Ecuador
(4:24:661). The T&T Cycling Fed-
eration believes the effort is an excel-
lent stepping stone towards the
future. T&T broke the previous
national record by 14.5 seconds,
which was set in May of this year.
The women s team sprint team of
Jodi Goodridge and Aziza Browne,
were unfortunately disqualified for
an improper exchange during the
"The last thing we want in the ministry
is another scandal," said the source.
"Unknown to many of us, the minister had
put in place a system to check files that were
approved for funding to ensure proper pro-
cedures were followed."
The source said one such procedure would
usually be a site visit.
"We are supposed to go and check on the
people applying to ensure everything is exact-
ly as claimed. Usually an application takes
several weeks to be approved. However, in
the case of Ma Pau, it was processed in a
"I have never seen a file like that approved
so fast. It appears there wasn t time to con-
duct a site visit which would have exposed
When contacted on the matter Dexter
Skeene, the chief executive officer of the
T&T Pro League confirmed that an appli-
cation was made by Fenwick and that the
Board is currently looking into the applica-
"The application wasn t approved yet but
we try to help all new clubs coming in,"
When asked if he knew about the inves-
tigations of alleged fraud in which Fenwick
is allegedly involved, Skeene replied: "No. I
am not aware of all this."
The source added that the speed of the
application even beat Sports Minister Brent
Sancho s additional oversights.
"The minister was not even aware of the
application until after the PS (permanent
secretary) cancelled the cheque. Apparently
he was furious that nobody identified the
While the ministry s staff were aware there
was a problem, they were surprised to be
called to be interviewed by the police.
"They had lots of people questioned,
including the Sport and Physical Education
Department and people from accounts.
contacted by the TT Guardian, Sancho con-
firmed there was an investigation into a pos-
sible fraud connected to a funding request
from the former coach (Fenwick) of Central
FC the reigning T&T Pro League champi-
"Yes, there is an investigation in the hands
of the police but I cannot discuss details at
this time," he added.
When asked if Fenwick was involved, the
minister replied: "Yes, it was an application
by Terry. However, until the investigation is
completed there should be no assump-
serious instance that s happened since the
minister was appointed in February. The
most worrying factor is that he had no idea
that this application existed until Ma Pau s
application to the Pro League had been
rejected. It appears that the application was
processed in a manner to avoid it coming
to the minister s attention," the source said.
The source added that there may now be
further investigations into Fenwick s receipt
of funding for his Football Factory coaching
"The minister is now having all approved
ications for funding reviewed to ensure
policies were followed. I am sure the
ball Factory will be one of the first to
hen contacted yesterday for comment,
wick admitted he did apply to the TT
League but disclosed his application was
g hampered, allegedly by officials within
t is a long story. One that I am willing
ll because I have all the necessary doc-
ntation in order," Fenwick said.
hen asked if he was misled or tricked
ne way or the other, Fenwick replied:
nwick, who is married to lawyer Reyna
lessar, moved to Belgium last summer
ke control of a club but returned when
mber of alleged financial irregularities
rced the club to part company with
several of Fenwick s business partners.
Fenwick: My application is being hampered
From Page A64
Hart gets serious with selection issues
T&T senior men's headcoach Stephen Hart watches his team the Soca
Warriors during a training session in Utah, USA yesterday.
PHOTO: COURTESY TTFA MEDIA.
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