Warner To The Rescue Again

Marc Purcell
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This is slowly turning into the Jack Warner show. After criticizing the lack of financial and corporate support for the national team and 2001 World Under 17 championship and threatening to pull the plug on the tournament, Jack finally got the things he needed.

Among Warner's concern was the lack of administrative support from various government ministries. Warner wanted several members in various government ministries excused from there jobs to assist with the aspects of the hosting. After speaking to Prime Minister Panday via telephone he got assurances that members such as national team manager Richard Braithwaite will be excused from his job with pay to help coach team 2001.

Also on the agenda is the building of new stadiums. Warner had complained that new stadium plans appeared to have stalled. He complained that Grenada PM Keith Mitchel had offered to host part of the tournament. However, a new stadium is to be constructed at Shirvan Park in Tobago. A new stadium in Central Trinidad as well as refurbishing of the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Arima Municipal and Skinner Park are also in the works.

After the discussions with the PM Warner sent a letter to FIFA stating that the tournament was in good hands. That was not the only bit of wheeling and dealing Warner did that day. He swung the purchase of the John, John towers to turn it into a football hotel for the national Under 17 players. The towers, built for fire victims in the area was sold to Warner for TT$ 2 million.

Under 20's get knocked around.

The national under 20 team realized that they are playing in the big leagues this past week. They suffered humiliating loses to Canada 4-1, Costa Rica 4-0 and the USA 6-1. Those loses mean that T&T will not go to the Under 20 World Championship to be held in Nigeria in 1999. Costa Rica and the USA will travel to Africa.

All in all the national team was woefully under prepared for the tournament having played locally and outside T&T for the first time just two weeks ago. Compared that to Canada and the USA who have been on the road and playing international games since last year. Some valuable lesson should be learned once again: When you are going to play in tournaments come prepared or not all.

Joe Public to play DC United

Joe Public will be looking to do T&T proud when they face DC United in the opening game of the Concacaf club championship tomorrow night in Washington, D.C.

Last year DC United defeated United Petrotrin 1-0 to move on to the semi-finals. Joe Public represents the best chance that T&T have of advancing. Along with former national striker Arnold Dwarika the club has a trio of Mexican players on loan from the Mexican leagues. Also coming into the lineup is Travis Multraine who although suspended in T&T can play for Joe Public since the game is outside the country.

Rougier stars in Hibernian win.

Anthony Rougier began showing off his talent again this weekend. Rougier's pace and skill powered Hibernian to a 2-0 win over Hamilton in Scottish League cup action. Rougier had some good attempts to score but was either saved by desperate defending or balls that passed just inches wide of the mark.

Rougier's attempt was cleared off the line by a defender but the rebound was pounded in by an unmarked Hibs midfielder to open the scoring. A Rougier header was just wide of a open goal and one of his crosses was met by a header from McGinlay but came off the cross bar. However all Hibernian had to do was put it into cruise control to preserve the win.

John scores double in rout.

He may have a new car and US$1,000 in cash but his eyes are on a bigger prize. Stern John added two more to his goal scoring total in his way to a 6-1 rout over his national team captain David Nahkid and New England. John scored on a header in the 33rd minute and then in the 84th minute. His last goal was John's 12th goal of the season.

In other MLS action Mickey Trotman's goal scoring run came to an end on Friday night when he faced DC United in Dallas. Trotman had scored four goals in his last five games. Dallas lost to DC 1-0.

In the shooting range...

In the USISL it was a weekend of goal scoring for T&T players. The Raleigh Flyers won there third game in a row 2-0 with Marvin Raeburn scoring in the 85th minute.

New Orleans completed a 1-0 win over the US Pro-40 team in the 100th minute on a powerful header by Glenn Benjamin.

Shawn Boney scored twice but was unable to prevent Connecticut from dropping there second game in three days 4-3 to Hampton Roads.