'We haven't been able to get near a football pitch' -T&T head coach Lawrence blasts UAE organisers

By September 04, 2018
T&T coach Dennis Lawrence. T&T coach Dennis Lawrence.

Trinidad and Tobago national coach Dennis Lawrence has been left disappointed with the preparations made for the team ahead of its friendly against United Arab Emirates at the Estadi Municipal de Montilivi on Thursday.

The UAE are expected to face Trinidad and Tobago in a series of practice matches in preparation for the Asian Cup.  With just two days left to go before the friendly, however, the visiting T&T team is yet to be able to host a practice session.  According to Lawrence, while the plans and preparations for the friendly had been well put together, the execution on the ground left a lot to be desired.

“At the moment it’s been very disappointing for all the efforts we have made to get over here and be prepared.  We approached the TTFA to fund us another day, just in terms of our preparations.  At the moment it’s all gone to waste, just because of the representatives of the UAE,” Lawrence told TTFA Media.

“We arrived at the hotel yesterday morning.  We haven’t gotten anywhere near a football pitch.  Contractually all the agreements were made in terms of equipment and everything but nothing was provided.  I’m really disappointed.  I’m really disappointed for the players, I’m really disappointed for football,” he added.

“We really didn’t come here expecting that.  It’s not the way you are meant to treat the game and it’s not the way you are meant to treat any type of opposition.”

According to Lawrence, the team arrived for the friendly and have seen no buses turn up to take them to training sessions and no football pitches arranged for the team to practice.

“We got to the situation where nothing that we agreed has been contractually provided by the representative of the UAE because I don’t believe it was the football associations themselves.  I believe it’s the representatives of the match agents.”

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