|Saintfiet wants more time |
Tuesday, January 10 2017
HEAD coach of the national football team Tom Saintfeit is saying a lack of preparation time with the team is affecting the performance of his troops after they fell to their third defeat in four matches.
The national team split their pair of friendlies with Nicaragua and were beaten in extra time by Suriname (2-1) and Haiti (4-3) in their Gold Cup qualifiers.
After losing to Haiti on Sunday which knocked TT out 2017 Gold Cup contention, Saintfeit said more time was needed with the squad.
Saintfeit said, “I had very limited time.
I came here a week before the games started and I had to select a squad so I was seeing some matches and I was counting on advice.” None of the four matches were played under FIFA dates therefore many of the top national players were not available.
“We had no FIFA dates and we invited Khaleem Hyland, Jan-Michael Williams, Levi Garcia, John Bostock, Kevin Molino, Joevin Jones, Cordell Cato and Mekeil Williams (and all of them could not show up). We invited a lot of players who were not available for several reasons, not released because of FIFA dates or personally not ready to perform for the team.” Saintfeit added, “But there are consequences if you have a lot of good players missing for such important games. On the other side I saw in these two weeks the boys growing, working very hard and I think even the local people discovered some local players that they never expected to play at this level.” The head coach acknowledged that some of the players showed that they are ready for international football, while some still have work to do.
“I have some good experiences of working with the boys and for sure some of the players proved that in the future they have to be on the squad, but in the four matches in two weeks time I learnt that some people are maybe not yet ready for it.” With all four goals conceded against Haiti coming from setplays including three headers in the six-yard box, Saintfiet described the sometimes shambolic defending on Sunday as “unacceptable”.
“If you concede four goals you can’t be satisfied. If I said I am satisfied I would need new glasses.
It’s unacceptable first of all to concede four goals...I am sure two of the four goals are unacceptable,” he said.