Wednesday, October 18, 2017

MIRACLE NEEDED*


Tom Saintfiet has begged for more time to re-shape the national team, but two local football personalities feel his days are numbered as national team coach.
Belgian journeyman Saintfiet replaced Stephen Hart in December, following Trinidad and Tobago’s 3-1 defeat in Honduras in November in World Cup qualifying.
But Saintfiet’s first two competitive matches in charge have resulted in further losses to Suriname and Haiti that wiped out the national team’s hopes of qualifying for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
“I said from up front, it was a tall order for the coach to adapt to the players and the players to adapt to his philosophy, so I knew it was a challenge for him, especially when so many experienced players were missing from the squad for different reasons,” former national captain Clayton Morris told the Express yesterday.
That notwithstanding, Morris was not hopeful that Saintfiet would get it right by March when World Cup qualifying resumes.

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