|LATAPY STILL SEES BRIGHT FUTURE FOR PLAYERS FOR DIGICEL CUP|
The result left the “Soca Warriors” third in Group H with three points behind leaders Cuba and Grenada. The win was not enough to take the disappointing looks off the faces of the players as they came through at the Piarco International Airport around 2:30pm.
“Disappointing. That’s all I can say at the moment. We let down the country and we know it but we will come back from this,” experienced midfielder Densill Theobald said. And team captain Clyde Leon only muttered: “I don’t have much to say. I could accept the Cuba game, we didn’t play well but the Grenada match we had no right to lose but that happens when you don’t score your chances.”
Head coach Russell Latapy faced the media, saying that he was more than willing to spend two minutes with them. That turned into a 10-minute question and answer session.
“The Cuba game was a difficult situation. We were beaten by a team that was well prepared. They had been living and playing together consistently for at least five weeks before the game and they were the better team on the day. I thought we grew from game to game and unfortunately we didn’t take our chances in the Grenada match and they got goal from a guy where it was a situation if you gave him the ball for another 50 times, he wouldn’t hit up in the post like he did then,” Latapy said.
“Against Grenada we were a lot better but goals win matches. We have ourselves to blame because if we had scored these chances we would have won the matches, We create our own luck and based on the team we have and the way we had been playing, I’m expecting us to score at least one goal in each game. We saw against Martinique last night as well where we created lot of opportunities and we put away only one. I would be worried if we weren’t creating the opportunities. Some things are difficult to explain.We had the youngest team in the tournament and we created difficult chances in training and we scored them but it was a different situation in the matches. It is a young squad and I’m quite sure some of these players will go on to have very good international careers,” added Latapy who went to say he would have hoped for more time with the full squad prior to the Cuba match if given another chance to approach the encounter.
When asked about his future with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation, Latapy responded : “I understand it’s an obvious question but it’s an obvious question that I cannot answer for obvious reasons. I will have to sit down with the Federation when possible and then I’d be able to say more.
"We understand their disappointment of the fans, It’s a process of trying n to go forward and I still think we are heading in the right direction where have a n number of young player who are between 18 -22 and in two years time they would have gained the sufficient experience for the world Cup qualifying campaign. These are young players who will need the support more than ever now because of the disappointment and I would hope the fans can give them that support,” Latapy added.
The TTFF is expected to conduct a post mortem of the t eam’s display and discuss the way forward heading into 2011. (Dec 1,2010)