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By George Alleyne
Former Trinidad and Tobago ace
international footballer, Russell Latapy,
is now the man in charge of coaching
the Barbados senior men’s team.
Latapy who has played for clubs in
Portugal and Scotland and had many
caps for Trinidad, taking his country to
the World Cup, took over the job of head
coach Monday filing a position that was
vacant since 2017.
The former attacking midfielder’s
appointment took effect just under a
week following the Bajan Tridents’ 0-1
loss to Nicaragua in the Confederation
of North, Central American and Caribbean
Football Nations League qualifying
competition on March 24.
That loss was the final game for
the Bajan senior team whose record of
one win, against United States Virgin
Islands, and three losses, against Guyana,
El Salvador and Nicaragua, denied
them a place on the prestigious Gold
Cup tournament that begins mid-year.
Barbados ended that qualifying series
25th out of 34 teams but needed to get
into the top 10 to earn a place in the
This means that Latapy, who has also
coached the Trinidad national team,
has his work cut out.
“We have a bunch of players who are
talented and not only talented, but they
are prepared to work very hard. And I
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think for any coach if you have a team
that is willing to work hard then that
is half of the battle done,” the 50-yearold
“One of our main goals to help
improve football in this region which
gives the young players the opportunity
not only to play professionally but to
improve their standard of life. Because
this is what football has done for me
and I would like to pass on some of
this experience and give some of the
younger players the opportunity to do
Latapy got his first Trinidad and
Tobago cap in 1988 at age 20 and two
years later began his international club
career in Portugal then on to Scotland.
He helped his nation make it through
the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign
earning a berth in the finals for
the first time.
By Azad Ali
Former West Indies cricketers Ramnaresh
Sarwan and Philo Wallace have
been named on a six-member Task
Force to look into the selection systems
for Cricket West Indies (CWI).
The two will join vice-president of
CWI, Dr Kishore Shallow, director of
cricket Jimmy Adams, CWI director
Enoch Lewis and cricketer Miles Bascombe
on the committee.
CEO of CWI Johnny Grave recently
said that a Task Force was put in place
to deal with selection systems.
The last Windies selection panel
headed by Courtney Browne was fired
and was informed that they could reapply
for their positions after the Task
Force made recommendations to the
Browne, Travis Dowling, Lockhart
Sebastien and Eldine Baptiste were
axed from the panel.
Since then Browne and Baptiste are
arguing they were illegally removed
and plans to take legal action.
Grave said the Task Force was not put
in place to get rid of anybody but was put
together to bring “our structure in line,
with international standards.”
Latapy coaching Barbados
Barbados Football Association President, Randy Harris (R) greets new
coach Russell Latapy. Photo by George Alleyne
CWI Task Force