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T&T s Soca Warriors will not be playing
the Copa America play-off against Haiti
in January as the confrontation between
the Football Association (TTFA) and the
national players heightened yesterday.
The Warriors have been calling for match
fees for participation in several matches
including the Concacaf Gold Cup, an inter-
national friendly against Nicaragua and
World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala and
the United States in November.
Several promises, including payments
from gate receipts following the match
against the United States in November have
not been kept and statements from the
recently elected president David John -
Williams have left a sour taste in the mouths
of the players.
John- Williams decision to discuss the
match fees at Wednesday s board meeting
was seen as a delaying tactic and the
announcement yesterday that a three-man
committee has been appointed to resolve
the issue, has again been cited as another
move to frustrate the players. "The president
has already painted us as greedy men, chas-
ing after money which the Association does
not have," said one player, "But it seems to
us that he is simply bent on frustrating us
and pushing us in a corner. What we are
asking for is what is due to us. We simply
do not understand why there is a need to
have a committee to give us what is rightfully
due to us."
The three members of the committee
are Joanne Salazar, Samuel Saunders and
ex-Secondary Schools Football League pres-
ident Ewing Davis.
They were selected at Wednesday night s
Board meeting and mandated to resolve
the matter as soon as possible.
Contacted yesterday, goalkeeper Jan
Michael-Williams said the country will
suffer the consequences if the players are
not paid their match fees. He said this was
likely to affect the World Cup qualifiers.
Michael-Williams said the president knew
about the situation before he took office on
"If they feel to pay the money they will
pay, but if they feel not to pay I can tell you
that the entire country will suffer as the
players will not take the field in the coming
World Cup qualifiers," the goalkeeper said.
Under coach Stephen Hart, the country
appears on the way to securing a spot at
the World Cup in Russia 2018, a four points
from two matches to date from a victory
against Guatemala and a draw against the
They will next face the first match against
St Vincent and the Grenadines in March.
Michael-Williams said no player has been
contacted by any member of the committee.
"We will listened to what the committee
has to say when they meet but it is having
a negative effect on us. And that is not right
for the country."
Attempts to contact John-Williams proved
Jan Michael-Williams...'country will suffer the consequences if players are not paid'
CARDIFF CITY---Cardiff City s
Trinidadian striker Kenwyne Jones
says he is solely focused on trying
to help the Welsh side s promotion
from the Championship, after scor-
ing a double on Tuesday as they
beat Brentford 3-2 at home.
Jones has been locked in contract
talks with the club, with media
reports this week indicating that he
would be asked to take a pay cut in
order to remain on the roster, when
his current deal runs out next sum-
However, the Trinidad and Tobago
captain said his aim at the moment
was securing Premiership football
for the club next season.
"Right now club promotion is
everyone s primary focus. I m really
just enjoying my time here at Cardiff
with Russell Slade (manager) and the
lads," said the 31-year-old former
Stoke City and Sunderland front-
"The fans continue to be fantastic
and of course that support drives
the team to want to finish well."
Jones five goals this term has been
vital as Cardiff have moved to seventh
in the Championship tables, just one
spot outside the playoff places.
None of his goals were as impor-
tant, however, as his strike in the
third minute of stoppage time at the
end on Tuesday after Cardiff had
blown a 2-0 lead after 34 minutes,
allowing Brentford to level the scores
in the 86th minute.
"In the second-half Brentford
came out with a vengeance and we
needed to hold the fort when it mat-
tered most," Jones explained.
"They applied the pressure but
the boys never lost faith. Fabio pre-
sented an excellent opportunity down
the left in those last few minutes
and I was able to connect and find
Jones had earlier scored in the 34th
minute to double the lead for Cardiff.
Jones not focusing on pay cut
Women Warriors suffer
third straight loss
The senior Women Soca Warriors suffered a
third straight loss, going under 0-3 to Mexico
when the round-robin phase of the four-team
International Women s Football Tournament
ended on Wednesday night at the Arena das
Dunas, Natal, Brazil.
Beaten 11-0 by five-time tournament winners
and host Brazil, and 4-0 by 2010 champions
Canada in their first two matches, the Arin King-
led T&T women were hopeful of picking up a first
win against their fellow winless opponents ahead
of a meeting at the same venue on Sunday in the
third place playoff.
However, for the third match in a row, T&T only
trailed 1-0 via a goal from Alicia Johnson in the
tenth minute. However, the Mexicans got late goals
from Monica Ocampo (86th) and Desiree Monsivais,
two minutes into time added on.
Brazil will go into the final with Canada on a
three-match tournament winning streak after a
2-1 win in their top-of-the-table clash.
No trust between WICB,
players says Nash
MELBOURNE---Former West Indies vice-captain
Brendan Nash believes the poor standard of
cricket facilities in the Caribbean has played a
role in the decline of the game in the region.
The Australia-born left-hander, who played 21
Tests between 2008 and 2011 after qualifying to
represent West Indies through his father who is
Jamaican, said the quality of the facilities at all
levels had fallen off and this had directly impacted
"A lot of money was spent on the 2007 World
Cup to increase the standard of facilities, Nash
"I know when I was there towards the end of
2010, the facilities really dropped off. So within
four years they just didn t have the money to
keep it going or it wasn t run correctly.
"It starts with the facilities because training
facilities are poor. Even club matches, facilities
are terrible. So I can see it getting better any time
Much of the decline in West Indies cricket has
also been attributed to the breakdown in the rela-
tionship between the West Indies Cricket Board
and the players, and Nash said this appeared to
be the case.
"I ve been out of it for two or three years but
from an outsider looking in that there is just no
trust between either party," he said.
The 38-year-old ended his association with
English County Kent last August, following a
productive four-year stint with the club.
And he said he was still available for interna-
tional duty if West Indies required his services.
"I m still available. I d like to think I can still
move around the field quite well and I ve been
playing county cricket, which has its challenges
over there, and done pretty well in the last four
He added: "They (West Indies) still need that
mix of experience and youth but they need the
right kind of experienced players."
Nash averaged 33 with two centuries and eight
half-centuries during his brief Test career.
Mexico 3 (Alicia Johnson tenth, Monica Ocampo
86th, Desiree Monsivais 92nd) vs T&T 0
Brazil 2 (Andressa Alves 12th, Debinha 40th) vs
Canada 1 (Josee Belanger
Venue: Arena das Dunas, Natal, Brazil.
Third place: Mexico vs T&T, 3pm
Final: Brazil vs Mexico, 5.30pm
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