Terry Fenwick


COACH TERRY FENWICK failed to inspire Trinidad and Tobago’s senior men’s national footballers to victory over Bahamas last night, and as a result, the Soca Warriors were eliminated from World Cup qualifying in the first round for the first time.

Needing three points, T&T were held goalless by the Bahamas yesterday in a Qatar 2022 CONCACAF zone Group F World Cup qualifier at the Thomas Robinson stadium, ­Nassau, Bahamas.

It was a head-scratching performance, as T&T struggled to beat a Bahamas team which went down 7-0 to Puerto Rico a few days earlier, having also conceded 15 goals and lost all three previous matches played.

The Soca Warriors moved to five points and will not advance even if they beat group winners St Kitts and Nevis on Tuesday.

St Kitts and Nevis (nine points) benefited from playing a third home match when defeating Guyana 3-0 on Friday night, but will be away from Warner Park for the first time in the series when they take on T&T in the Dominican Republic—T&T playing their home match at a neutral venue due to Covid-19 restrictions at home.

Sheldon Bateau wore the captain’s armband in place of regular skipper Khaleem Hyland who came into camp late. Coach Terry Fenwick experimented with a three centre-back line-up comprising Bateau, Neveal Hackshaw and Aubrey David, allowing wing-backs Keston Julien and Shannon Gomez room to go forward.

Fenwick started with Adrian Foncette in goal, along with Julien, Gomez, Bateau, Aubrey David, Hackshaw, Joevin Jones, Duane Muckette, Andre Fortune II, Levi Garcia and Ryan Telfer. But trying to be patient, T&T were often too patient and lacked decisiveness.

Bahamas made it difficult during an opening goalless first half when their goalkeeper, Ian Lowe, stopped goal-bound shots from Bateau, Muckette twice and Telfer. And near the half-hour mark, Jamaica-based Leslie St Fleur looked set to give Bahamas the lead from a dangerous solo run which saw him hit the side-netting and Marcel Joseph almost stunned goalkeeper Foncette with a curling shot near half-time.

Becoming increasingly agitated as the second half wore on, Fenwick made five changes but failed to get the valuable goal. Hackshaw headed Joevin Jones’ free kick onto the woodwork; substitute Daniel Carr was stopped by the Bahamian keeper, while Daniel Phillip put a header over before the nightmare finally ended.

And soon after the final whistle, Fenwick told the media: “The result is very disappointing for us in Trinidad and Tobago... The quality of players that we’ve got within the squad, this is a big disappointment.”


West Indies coach Phil Simmons said his team paid the price for a poor first innings batting effort and hopes that the innings and 63-run loss to South Africa on the third morning of the first Test at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia will be a reality check for the hosts. Simmons wants a more clinical effort from his team in the second Test starting Friday at the same venue.

Tyra Gittens closed off her National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 Outdoor Track and Field Championship campaign with women’s heptathlon gold and high jump bronze in Eugene, Oregon, USA, late on Saturday.

Former Trinidad and Tobago footballer Angus Eve has been appointed interim head coach of the senior men’s national team following the sacking of Terry Fenwick which came on the heels of T&T’s exit in the first phase of Concacaf qualifying for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

West Indies cricket legends Sir Learie Constantine and Desmond Haynes were inducted into the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Hall of Fame, yesterday, joining a list of 18 West Indies icons that have would have previously received this prestigious honour.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) president, Ricky Skerritt paid tribute to the two new inductees calling them “exemplars” of the game who would have made significant impact in the sport.

Don’t doubt yourself.

Despite a heavy innings and 63-run loss against South Africa inside three days, West Indies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite said he is 100 per cent behind his team as they look to bounce back in the second Test starting Friday.