Trinidad At All-Time Low

Date Published: 
1993-06-27
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner

FOOTBALL in Trinidad and Tobago is at all time low, says Austin 'Jack' Warner. The country which just missed qualifying for the 1990 World Cup in Italy has fallen on hard times since last year's first round World Cup qualifying round loss to Jamaica.

The poor showing of the Trinidadians in the recent Shell Cup has left fans even in that country even more dis-illusioned, with matches in the normally football mad nation attracting minimum audiences.

"It's the worst in the history of football in the country", said Warner. "One of my objectives this year is to re-energize Trinidad and Tobago's football. That is going to be an herculean task."

So low has enthusiasm for the game being in soca land, Warner added, that the management of the Trinidad and Tobago Hawks, one of the country's three franchises in the Caribbean Professional Football League, had thrown the gates open for spectators to see their matches free of cost. The crowds still stayed away.

"We have to get the game back on track," said Warner. "If football in Trinidad and Tobago fails it will be the end of football in the region."