of the new T&T Warriors football team technical staff
are shown after they were presented to the media at the Hasely
Crawford Stadium yesterday. From left are ZEPHYRINUS NICHOLAS
(team physiotherapist), BRUCE AANENSEN (manager), GEORGE JOSEPH
(assistant manager), LEO BEENHAKKER (head coach), LINCOLN
PHILLIPS (technical director), JOSEPH SAM PHILLIP
(assistant manager), IKIN WILLIAMS (equipment manager). Missing
are team doctor Terrance Babwah, and assistant coaches Russell
Latapy and David Nakhid.
Newly-appointed national football coach Leo Beenhakker says
the job of getting T&Ts Warriors to the World Cup
in Germany 2006 is a big one.
Beenhakker, who will officially pick up his position on May
1, gave his views at a media conference at the Hasely Crawford
Stadium,in Mucurapo yesterday.
The 62 year-old Dutchman, a former national coach of Holland
and Saudi Arabia and club teams Ajax, Real Madrid and Real
Zaragoza, said he has seen tapes of the matches against Guatemala
and Costa Rica and drew his conclusions based on that.
will not discuss what mistakes need to be corrected individually
with you (the media) right now, before I speak with the players
in the team but I must say that Im surprised at what
happened in the matches, yet we can do it.
Beenhakker said that one point from three matches is not a
good sign but explained that he did not see a big difference
in the way T&T played than the way Guatemala and Costa
With respect to his next two matches in charge against Panama
(June 4) and Mexico (June 8), Beenhakker stated: We
need a very tough and good preparation where the players will
be worked on in small groups, concentrating on each aspect
of the game, defence, midfield and attack.
With respect to his assistants, T&Ts David Nakhid
and Russell Latapy, the Dutchman said his main problem was
on the pitch where he would rather see Nakhid play.
on the other hand is still playing in Scotland and will not
be here until the middle of May, but we have to start preparing
now. So there is a possibility that I may add one or two persons
to the staff.
Beenhakker made it clear that he was up for the test of getting
the Warriors to the World Cup in Germany.
than ever, Im prepared for a new challenge, and this
time its the position of coach of the T&T national
So far he has held meetings with key persons in T&T football
and said he was impressed with their professionalism and passion.
those meetings, I feel confident that I made a very good choice
to accept the job.
Looking ahead to the crucial World Cup matches, Beenhakker
aid there were no guarantees. There are no guarantees
in sports and in life. The job is not going to be easy. There
are no miracles, but its all right for you to dream,
you can remain hopeful and work hard towards your goal.
Beenhakker also said that he was surprised with the revelations
of his meetings with the local coaches.
meeting with the clubs coaches was a special experience in
that they explained to me that it was the closest they had
come to knowing what happens with the national team.
promised that on my return in April, I will be viewing some
of the local league matches to see what changes need to be
made to help with the development of the league.
my most urgent task is getting the team ready for the World
Cup qualifying campaign.
Admitting his little knowledge of the T&T players, Beenhakker
noted that by viewing some of the local club matches, little
by little he will be able to recognise the top players.
football you work with your eyes wide open, so I will be able
to pick a squad of about 24 players prior to the start of
But before selecting his squad, Beenhakker said he will also
be seeking some first hand knowledge of T&Ts overseas
is not that far from England and Scotland, so I will be able
to see the T&T players and chat with their clubs so I
will have more knowledge to work with.
thing is certain, we will not be waiting for them, because
they have obligations, and our preparations for the two World
Cup matches in June will start during the first week of May.
Plans are also on course for the players to have a live-in
camp for two to three days per-week for the four weeks of
preparations while some training matches will be included.