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Issue 109 • Friday, October 11, 2013
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The Soca Warriors are getting set for a match
against New Zealand on Tuesday, October 15, from
7.15 pm. It will be their eleventh outing for the calen-
dar year 2013.
Most sports fans will scour the back pages of the
dailies for scraps of news of the unit that will as-
semble under the lights at the Hasely Crawford Sta-
dium, Port-of-Spain, to augur some miraculous
tidbit of info that will make the power of the Warrior
Chant that much more potent. Knowledge, after all,
is power, and positive thinking can project across
time and space and affect your reality, not so?
Perhaps the most positive of thinkers in the
stands will be Raymond Tim Kee, the president of
the TTFA who, in a month's time, will be celebrating
his one-year anniversary in the post. He leads a
new-look TTFA, rebuilt by force after a tsunami of
accusations, guilt, shame and scandals washed the
boards clean of the old guard that had stood for
Missing from the stands will be director of foot-
ball Leo Beenhakker, the Dutch Don making a stand
on behalf of his T&T-based staff of coaches who, as
of press time, hadn't been paid in several months.
Stephen Hart, the Canadian-Trini head coach of
the senior mens team, has been paid, but the major-
ity of the rest of the coaching staff have been oper-
ating on goodwill and promises.
"I have made my feelings known to (TTFA presi-
dent Raymond) Tim Kee and (TTFA general secre-
tary Sheldon) Phillips about the whole situation,"
Hart told whistleblower site, Wired868.com.
"Like everybody else, I want to see what direction
it moves in... There was an agreement in place and
once you make an agreement it is a matter of princi-
ple; you have to fulfill that agreement.
"I understand there is a lot of circumstance that
surrounds the situation but you've made a contract
and you have to fulfill it."
As the new fiscal year opens, and the funds start
flowing from the Ministry of Sport, the TTFAF has
promised to meet its outstanding obligations to 31
unpaid coaches and staff of at least four national
The TTFA has other issues as well, not the least
among them is the matter of the outstanding
money from the 2006 World Cup bonuses. In May,
the players had come to an agreement to settle the
outstanding debt. The second payment to the play-
ers was due last month but the TTFA missed the
deadline. It appears that the players will hold strain
while the Association scrapes together another
hand to pay the settlement.
That debt is but one of several murky financial
matters the TTFA inherited from the Jack Warner
led executive---a web of incestuous accounts that
seems to have included everything from Warner's
Fifa stipend from Zurich to CFU donations to Haiti
and Miami skyscrapers. But none of these accounts
are accessible by the new executive who have been
left holding the hat.
With all the hope and promise powering the
TTFA, one can only...well...hope...that the guys on
the pitch will be able to overcome the Kiwis.
New Zealand's director Fred de Jong said the
buildup to their World Cup playoff in November
against the Concacaf fourth placed team would still
"I don't think it would be advantageous playing
someone like Brazil or Spain. We're pretty happy to
that we can get this international fixture off the
ground because in essence it mirrors our prepara-
tion for November should our opposition be Panama
or Honduras," said de Jong.
"You want to try and get competitive games
against the type of opposition you're going to come
Hopefully Concacaf can win then, too.
• Tickets for the Tuesday's friendly international
between T&T and New Zealand cost: $100 (covered),
$75 (uncovered), ($125 Akeem Adams Section), and
are available at these outlets: The Fan Club (Movi-
etowne POS and Gulf City, San Fernando), More Vino
Woodbrook and San Fernando; All Out Sports Bar,
Queen's Park Oval; Law 5 Sports Bar, Chaguanas; To-
bago FA Office, Fairfield Complex, Scarborough.
Fans will be able to purchase their Akeem Adams
-- Heart of a Warrior T-shirt at all Native Spirit
branches; Long Circular Mall (622-7969), Native
Spirit Gulf City Mall (653-8282), Native Spirit
Trincity Mall (640-8264).
The T-shirts will be sold at a cost of $100 with all
proceeds going towards the Heart of a Warrior fund.
To call the machines raced in Formula 1 "cars" is stretching the
definition of what most people conceive a car to be. In fact, the typi-
cal F1 machine has DNA that's closer related to the common jet
fighter than to the taxi you rode to town in this morning. And right
now, Red Bull Racing has air supremacy over the skies of F1.
In a game of millimeters and grammes, where thousands of man-
hours are spent researching ways to eek another tenth of a second
here, another nuefen (a nuefen is half the width of a bamsee hair, ac-
cording to my dad, Rito Allen, whose backyard engineering and fabri-
cation could rival most F1 outfits) there...Red Bull has done the
unimaginable. They are winning by miles.
Sebastian Vettel now enjoys an enormous 77-point cushion over
Ferrari 's Fernando Alonso heading to Japan this Sunday. If he wins
at Suzuka and Alonso finishes lower than eighth, the 26-year-old
will become a quadruple champion at an even younger age than the
great Frenchman Alain Prost was when he won his first grand prix.
Hoo hum, says Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, who thinks the contin-
uing domination of Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel was killing For-
mula One as a spectacle, adding that he "feels for the fans".
"I remember waking up in the morning to watch the start of the
race and then going to sleep, and then waking up when it ended be-
cause I already knew what would happen.
"He [Vettel] has won already," Hamilton said, "unless he doesn't
finish the rest of the races, and even if he doesn't he has probably
still won it.
"Personally I feel for the fans because I remember the period of
time when Michael Schumacher was winning [for Ferrari]."
Vettel won the Korean Grand Prix on Sunday by four ¬seconds
from the excellent Lotus pair of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain ¬Gros-
jean. That's about the span of time it takes to complete a full pit
stop but at 300kmh, four seconds amounts to 20km. In F1, that's
about as significant a gap as something Evel Knievel would want to
The famous American aviator, Howard Hughes' film, Hell's Angels,
he has envisaged a scene where the WWI fighter planes did their
deadly aeronautical ballet. Red Bull Racing, not unlike Hughes, is ob-
sessed about every detail on their projects.
When the energy-drink company bought Ford's F1 team Jaguar
Racing in 2004, the team was in a shambles. In the five years it was
controlled by Ford, its drivers won not a single race. The closest it
came to a championship was in 2004 when Jaguar placed seventh in
the constructors standings. Out of 11 teams.
Renamed Infiniti Red Bull Racing, the team now dominates F1 rac-
ing in much the same way Ferrari did during the glory years of Schu-
macher in the early Naughts. It has won the double
championship---when a team comes first in points both for an indi-
vidual driver and for the team, or constructor of the car---every year
since 2010 and is well on its way to winning its fourth. This winning
tradition is no fluke. And, unless the rules committee intervenes
with a new set of rules---the way it stopped Ferrari---the winning will
Money alone won't win in F1. Several of the top teams spend in
the same vicinity of quarter billion dollars a year. Teams have to be
smarter, better organised at planning and more adept at executing
raceday strategy than the typical NASA mission.
With five races to go, it's inevitable that Vettel will win his fourth
successive driver's championship.
"The car's fantastic and it doesn't happen by accident," said the
"Whilst there's a lot of people hanging their balls in the pool on
Fridays, we're still working very hard and pushing very hard so that
we have a strong race."
If he wins this weekend, maybe he'll get to join the other guys in
FORMULA ONE STANDINGS
As of: Korean Grand Prix
Pos Driver (Team)
1. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 272
2 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 195
3. Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) 167
4. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 161
5. Mark Webber (Red Bull) 130
F1 CONSTRUCTORS' CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Red Bull
The Soca Warriors as they lined up in their most recent outing in the OSN Cup held in
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in September. T&T placed third and Kenwyne Jones led the
team's high-scoring offense with three goals in two matches.
With eight wins and just three DNFs, Red Bull Racing has finished on the podium in
ever one of 14 GPs this season, and has proven itself to be the dominating force in
Formula 1 racing for yet another year.
Who's the man? You da man! No... seriously, I'm the man; me.
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