I have heard the clarion call from this country’s football fans for the resignation of senior men’s national coach Terry Fenwick.

This follows our exit from the FIFA World Cup set for Qatar next year.

It was a bitter pill to swallow and if all things were equal the buck stops with head coach Fenwick and his technical staff.

But, in this case, all things were not equal. Let’s be fair to the former England international and do some serious introspection.

All of our home matches were played on foreign soil because of the Covid–19 pandemic.

To give up home advantage during World Cup qualifiers is deemed sacrilegious in the football community.

The Ministry of Sport, the TTFA, the Ministry of Health and the Government did not go the extra mile to assist in this area.

Any country serious about its World Cup campaign will have pulled out all the stops to ensure Fenwick and his Soca Warriors were ready for the challenge ahead.

Football fans, a World Cup journey is not Play Whe; there’s no luck and chance, but rather it requires careful planning, preparation and execution.

Can anyone tell me if this was done? How come despite the pandemic other Caribbean countries such as Jamaica were able to have friendly internationals?

Fenwick had one, if my memory serves me right and this was a one-off game against the United States. This was done to assess and recruit players in one shot. We all can recall the catastrophic result of that experiment.

Reading about and listening to the wide range of reasons why Fenwick should be fired, I found former senior team national women’s coach Jamaal Shabazz to be the most sincere of the lot.

Shabazz is quoted as saying nobody should be shedding crocodile tears and, it is easy to lynch Terry Fenwick. But we must take collective responsibility for bringing the game to this damnable state in the post-Jack Warner era.

The old adage still holds — what goes on off the field affects what happens on the field of play.

The court battle involving FIFA, William Wallace, duly elected president of the TTFA, and the Normalisation Committee appointed by FIFA readily comes to mind.

If this country’s football fans are looking for a fall guy for the dire straits the game finds itself currently then, the 1986 England World Cup defender is the man. I rest my case.

Astil Renn

via e-mail


The initiation of a Commission of Enquiry into the Government’s management of Covid-19, for which Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is so passionately clamouring, would be instructive if it presented an opportunity for the people of Trinidad and Tobago to hear from her just how she would have managed this health crisis had she been in charge.

The hush-hush arrival of a “small donation” of vials of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, flown in and apparently hand-delivered by courier to the Ministry of National Security, raises more questions than the number of vials involved.

I am repeatedly asked by various stakeholders whether Covid-19 vaccination could be made mandatory, so today I offer some initial thoughts.

This is not a clear-cut legal question and there are good arguments on both sides. There is no law, precedent or policy which governs the matter at present. Labour law, public health and human rights issues intermingle and ultimately, what is reasonable and in the majority interest would likely prevail.

I hope the Government considers giving a booster shot of the Sinopharm vaccine if supplies are available to this country. Dr Amery Browne, Minister of Foreign and Caricom Affairs, said T&T will receive 200,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine from China this week.

Did the staff at the health centres know only 50 persons could have been be vaccinated per day? When they realised this, did they not think to register the names and telephone numbers of the other elderly citizens already in line from 5.30 a.m. who were sent home when the vaccinations ran out?

It takes living and working outside of Trinidad and Tobago to realise how different and special we are.

We take it for granted that God is Trinbagonian. Our version of God is also every single pundit, every imam, every Baptist leader and all Anglican, Catholic and small church leaders. In our lively politics, whosoever leads either the People’s National Movement (PNM) or the United National Congress (UNC) is of immense personal importance in a country dominated by the descendants of former slaves and indentured workers.