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  1. CONCACAF 2030 World Cup Second Round Qualification Draw Our second foray into this stage of the qualification process sees us unseeded yet again due to the January rankings, so we are at the mercy of the draw to see if we have any chance of getting through to the next round. The draw sees 20 teams enter playing a two legged affair with no away goal rule (not sure if I have mentioned that away goals do not count at any stage of this competition). Seedings (ranking in brackets based on January 2027 Fifa Rankings) Seeded: Canada (105), Dominican Republic (110), Haiti (113), Panama (119), Guatemala (122), Barbados (129), Puerto Rico (130), Saint Lucia (130), Aruba (133), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (136) Unseeded: Montserrat (138), Cuba (141), Guyana (147), Curacao (150), Saint Kitts and Nevis (152), Turks and Caicos Islands (153), Cayman Islands (154), Grenada (164), Antigua and Barbuda (165), Surinam (188) Initial Thoughts Canada – No way. Dominican Republic – No thanks. Haiti – Seem overrated. Panama – Mainly domestic players, slightly beatable. Guatemala – Same as above. Barbados – Revenge? Probably not. Puerto Rico – Majority of the players come from club side Puerto Rico FC. We could beat them. Saint Lucia – Have English based players, avoid. Aruba – Hard to beat. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – Nothing special, ideal draw. The Draw Haiti v Grenada Montserrat v Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Curacao v Guatemala Cayman Islands v Panama Barbados v Turks and Caicos Islands Canada v Surinam Antigua and Barbuda v Dominican Republic Puerto Rico v Saint Kitts and Nevis Guyana v Saint Lucia Aruba v Cuba Draw Verdict Unless the country’s name is Dominica or Barbados I don’t think the game wants me playing you in World Cup qualification. So Barbados we meet again, last campaign they knocked us out 2 – 1 on aggregate which was a pretty close affair. They seem to have remained at about the same level they were then, there best players mainly based in England with one based in Turkey. It’s going to take a big effort to beat them and Barbados will be favourites, but the draw could’ve been a lot worse.
  2. 2030 World Cup Qualification (NAM) First Round Squad Goalkeepers: Syed Brumvert, Spentz Magny, Euan Turbyfield Defenders: Gianni Ascani, Peter Brumvert, Kevin Cook, Events Fletcher, George Fletcher, Duane Gannon, Christopher Hassad, Lagneau Rene, James Speer Midfielders: Lee Bryne, Lagneau Coulton, Duane Fletcher, Herby Glinton, Marc Hassad, Syed Lowery, George Magny, Marc Singh Forwards: Charles Brown, Ian Cook, Events Rene Dominica 3 – 2 Turks and Caicos Islands – 2030 World Cup Qualification (NAM) First Round, First leg – 23/03/2027 The game started well for us immediately putting the home side on the backfoot, we wasn’t creating too much in the way of chances but we looked the better side and more likely to get a goal. Thankfully the goal came for us on the 37th minute when Herby Glinton poked home from just outside the box. We kept the pressure up but couldn’t get another before the half-time whistle. The team talk worked wonders as we went 2-0 up when Glinton’s defence cutting pass found Marc Hassad who buried the ball into the back of the net. Just when the game looked like it was getting away from Dominica they found a way back when Lorcan Parmenter capitalized on some slack defending. Both teams started to have chances but neither could finish and some real sloppy play during the transition play from us was capitalized on by Dominica when Parmenter got his second of the game with just six minutes left to play. Then came the killer blow when Ashley Burbeary used our defender as a shield to blindside the keeper and win the match for the home team. Turks and Caicos Islands (5) 3 – 0 (3) Dominica – 2030 World Cup Qualification (NAM) First Round, Second leg – 31/03/2027 A refreshed home side came firing out of the blocks and within 11 minutes parity was restored when a fast break from a Dominica free-kick saw Marc Hassad neatly slot past the keeper. The game calmed down after this but Dominica reminded us of the threat they posed when narrowly missed scoring from a free-kick. A rather bizarre turn of events saw Dominica’s keeper handle outside of the box and then get injured in the process of doing so. When the Physio had finally finished with him the ensuing free-kick was nodded into the path of Events Fletcher who made it 2 – 0 to put us ahead on aggregate in the 34th minute. Dominica threatened to hit back just before half-time but a fine save from our keeper denied them. Hassad twice got in similar positions of which he scored from in this match and the last one, but sadly scuppered both and the opportunity to end this game as a contest. Lucky for us however our two best players Herby Glinton and Events Rene linked up well with Glinton supplying a wonderful pass for Rene to hit a stunner on the half volley and put this match out of sight on the 74th minute. The remainder of the game saw nothing else of any note happen and the final whistle confirmed our progress along with our first ever victory in a World Cup qualifying competition. 2030 World Cup Qualification (NAM) First Round Verdict That was harder than it should’ve been. The squad arrived tired for the first leg and we ultimately paid for it when Dominica got those two late goals. I must admit with how poor we play at home sometimes that I feared we would exit the competition earlier than expected. Thankfully for us though the quality of Herby Glinton shone through in both legs and revenge on Dominica was complete. Now we move on in rather hope than expectation of getting through the second round, but who knows what can happen when you’ve got Luton Town’s Herby Glinton?
  3. CONACAF 2030 World Cup First Round Qualification Draw So as expected our ranking didn’t change in January and that has put us into the First Round of the draw. Unlike previous campaigns I expect to progress from the round we are starting in this time. It’s normally 12 teams who contest the First Round, but this time it is 14. I have no idea why the game keeps messing with the format. But it does reflect real life better, as 14 teams do contest the First Round draw. Seedings (ranking in brackets based on January 2027 Fifa Rankings) Seeded: Curacao (150), Saint Kitts and Nevis (152), Turks and Caicos Islands (153), Cayman Islands (154), The Bahamas (161), Grenada (164), Antigua and Barbuda (165) Unseeded: Nicaragua (167), British Virgin Islands (182), Surinam (188), Anguilla (197), US Virgin Islands (198), Dominica (200), Belize (205) Initial Thoughts Nicaragua – Beatable, but would like to avoid British Virgin Islands – Would be a good draw Surinam – Avoid. Anguilla – Good record against them recently. US Virgin Islands – First choice team to play. Dominica – Sweet revenge for the 2022 campaign Belize – Would rather avoid The Draw US Virgin Islands v Cayman Islands Surinam v The Bahamas Antigua and Barbuda v Nicaragua Anguilla v Curacao Dominica v Turks and Caicos Islands Grenada v British Virgin Islands Saint Kitts and Nevis v Belize Draw Verdict How times change. Eight years ago in the 2022 World Cup Qualifying campaign Dominica were the favourites against us and subsequently knocked us out 4 – 0 on aggregate. Now we are the favourites and if we turn up we should knock out a team who don’t have Jay Emmanuel-Thomas anymore and are an entirely domestic squad.
  4. 2026 Just one more year to go before the World Cup Qualifiers, will we be able to get the ranking which we desire? Results Turks and Caicos Islands 1 – 2 Guyana – Friendly, 24/03/2026 (Rene, 83) Guadeloupe 3 – 1 Turks and Caicos Islands – Caribbean Cup First Round, 19/08/2026 (Coulton, 71) Turks and Caicos Islands 3 – 1 Cayman Islands - Caribbean Cup First Round, 21/08/2026 (Ascani 33, Brown 44, Coulton 90+2) Aruba 2 – 0 Turks and Caicos Islands - Caribbean Cup First Round, 23/08/2026 Turks and Caicos Islands 2 – 2 The Bahamas – Friendly, 02/09/2026 (Rene 27, Collis 30) Saint Kitts and Nevis 3 – 0 Turks and Caicos Islands – Friendly, 08/09/2026 Turks and Caicos Islands 1 – 1 Nicaragua – Friendly, 07/10/2026 (Byrne 88) US Virgin Islands 1 – 1 Turks and Caicos Islands – Friendly, 13/10/2026 (Hassad 36) Anguilla 0 – 3 Turks and Caicos Islands – Friendly, 11/11/2026 (Rene 42, 53, Coulton 90) Turks and Caicos Islands 2 – 4 Antigua and Barbuda – Friendly, 17/11/2026 (Bryne 46, Hassad 58) Rankings January: 149 February: 149 March: 145 April: 150 May: 150 June: 150 July: 155 August: 154 September: 154 October: 152 November: 151 December: 153 Yearly Verdict Well that was a disappointing year, I think I got my hopes up too much that we could make that next step and be seeded for the second round qualifying draw, now it looks like will not even be in the second round automatically. Least that means will be seeded for the first round draw. I blame myself for not getting victories in the friendly matches, I’m just not tactically astute like many who plays this game are and they could probably get more out of this team. Having said that we probably are at the level of a team who belong in the first round draw, that is the stark reality for this nation. So next year I begin my third World Cup Qualifying campaign, as always I’ll have a full preview of my thoughts and the draw itself. Star Player Events Rene - A good year for the five star striker. Hopefully he can kick on even more this year.
  5. Caribbean Cup 2026 So another Caribbean Cup rolls along and the group opponents this time are Guadeloupe, Cayman Islands and Aruba, playing them in that order too. The plan this time is to play the second team against Guadeloupe, a strong side but not fifa affiliated so when we get inevitably beaten it won’t remote effect our ranking. Then the first team can take on Cayman Islands and Aruba, we will be fresher for the Cayman Islands than the last tournament and even with a tired team we still have an outside chance of beating Aruba, maybe I can make a few rotations with the added squad depth. Turks and Caicos Islands Squad Goalkeepers: Syed Brumvert, Charles Hassad, Spentz Magny Defenders: Gianni Ascani, Peter Brumvert, Lagneau Collis, Kevin Cook, Events Fletcher, George Fletcher, Christopher Hassad, James Rene Midfielders: Kevin Byrne, Lee Byrne, Lagneau Coulton, Duane Fletcher, Herby Glinton, Marc Hassad, George Magny, Lagneau Rene, Marc Singh Forwards: Charles Brown, Ian Cook, Events Rene Group Opponents (rankings in brackets) Cayman Islands (136) – The small Caribbean nation maintains their impressive ranking record. Aruba (126) – A couple of Dutch based players to go along the domestic based players. Guadeloupe – Smashed Surinam and Dominica in the preliminary round. One player at Lincoln, the rest are domestic. Caribbean Cup First Round – Guadeloupe 3 – 1 Turks and Caicos Islands The game started off exactly how I expected with Guadeloupe dominating and getting an early goal with Therry Mamillone volleying home inside the box. This was really it for the first half with the French Colony going close just one more time. It wasn’t to be too long after half-time when a hard task became even harder with Benny Bernard doubling the score line on the 52nd minute. The game went flat again after this but when Lagneau Coulton pulled one back for us through a fluke cross on the 71st minute the incentive was there to snatch an unlikely draw. Benny Bernard was having none of it though and skilfully got behind our defence to make the game 3 – 1 and ended it as a contest with 10 minutes to go. Caribbean Cup First Round – Turks and Caicos Islands 3 – 1 Cayman Islands An eventful first half was an end to end affair with the first goal coming just past the half hour mark. Gianni Ascani fired home from a Charles Brown cross to put us 1 – 0 up. Just a few minutes later Events Rene missed a golden chance to put us 2 – 0 up, failing to connect properly with a low whipped in cross. This was duly punished on the 42nd minute mark when Jorroine McLean headed home a corner to make it 1 – 1. However the action wasn’t over when some neat midfield link-up with the forwards saw Charles Brown slot home and put us back into the lead. The second half was anything but a carbon copy of the first with the game becoming very flat, this didn’t bother me too much as all I wanted was the victory and thankfully Lagneau Coulton smashed home in the top corner from Ian Cook’s cross to score in his second consecutive match and seal the victory in added time, just the fifth competitive victory in the nation’s history. Caribbean Cup First Round – Aruba 2 – 0 Turks and Caicos Islands A win or possibly even a draw here could put us through to the second round of the tournament for the first time. Unfortunately three minutes is all it took for Aruba to take the lead with some neat play finishing up in the back of the net thanks to Giovanni Dania. Thankfully this didn’t open the floodgates for Aruba who were the better team and more threatening but went in at half-time with just the one goal. The second half was closer and we even had chances to equalize with Duane Fletcher and Events Rene going close, but you really have to take your chances against these teams and when Giovanni Dania scored again on the 72nd minute you just knew Aruba would see the game out, which they did without any trouble. Caribbean Cup 2026 Verdict Well I am happy enough with how this tournament went. To beat the Cayman Islands who are ranked 136th in the world in a competitive game will do wonders for our ranking. However I have to back that up with victories in the next six friendlies now, the World Cup Qualification draw is next year so it’s now or never for the second round seeding. Aruba are actually one the weaker teams that reach the third round stage in qualifying and we didn’t lay a glove on them. Makes me wonder just how much this team needs to improve before it can compete with them. Aruba were the only ones to qualify from the group with a perfect record, we finished third with three points.
  6. 2025 A full year of friendlies to get through in the quest to boost that all important ranking. Results Turks and Caicos Islands 2 – 0 US Virgin Islands – Friendly, 28/03/2025 (Fletcher 26, Savage 56) Turks and Caicos Islands 2 – 0 Anguilla – Friendly, 11/06/2025 (Rene 62, Hassad 89) Dominica 0 – 1 Turks and Caicos Islands – Friendly, 17/06/2025 (Bryne 35) Turks and Caicos Islands 1 – 3 Montserrat – Friendly, 03/09/2025 (Rene 34) Cook Islands 0 – 3 Turks and Caicos Islands – Friendly, 09/09/2025 (Fletcher 8, Rene 43, Hassad 47) Turks and Caicos Islands 2 – 0 British Virgin Islands – Friendly, 08/10/2025 (Hassad 25, Brown 49) The Bahamas 0 – 0 Turks and Caicos Islands – Friendly, 14/10/2025 Turks and Caicos Islands 2 – 3 Cayman Islands – Friendly, 12/11/2025 (Cook 12, 22) Turks and Caicos Islands 3 – 5 Papa New Guinea – Friendly, 18/11/2025 (Brown 37, Bryne 52, Brown 90+1) Rankings January: 152 February: 152 March: 152 April: 151 May: 151 June: 151 July: 145 August: 143 September: 143 October: 140 November: 137 December: 149 Yearly Verdict This year was our best ever start to a year, even though Dominica are poor now on this game it was still a great result to beat them away from home. We also broke our highest ever world ranking a number of times, culminating with a ranking of 137. An amazing achievement for a nation our size. Conversely performances started to dive and losing to Papa New Guinea yet again was frustrating. Also our breakthrough five star striker Events Rene is missing chance after chance, must be the pressure of interest from MLS side San Jose Earthquakes getting to him. So next year we’ve got a home friendly against Guyana, the Caribbean Cup and six friendlies to round off the year. Let’s hope we can keep that ranking 130s or 140s. Star Player Duane Fletcher – A midfield general.
  7. 2024 First full year of a new cycle and all my focus is going on boosting that ranking. Results Turks and Caicos Islands 0 – 0 Cuba – Friendly, 29/03/2024 Cayman Islands 1 – 1 Turks and Caicos Islands – Caribbean Cup First Round, 21/08/2024 (Cupid o.g. 90+1) Turks and Caicos Islands 1 – 2 Martinique – Caribbean Cup First Round, 23/08/2024 (Hassad 67) Turks and Caicos Islands 0 – 3 Grenada – Caribbean Cup First Round, 25/08/2024 Turks and Caicos Islands 0 – 5 Nicaragua – Friendly, 04/09/2024 British Virgin Islands 2 – 3 Turks and Caicos Islands – Friendly, 10/09/2024 (Glinton 32, Brown 40, 66) Turks and Caicos Islands 0 – 2 Solomon Islands – Friendly, 09/10/2024 Nepal 2 – 0 Turks and Caicos Islands – Friendly, 15/10/2024 American Samoa 1 – 2 Turks and Caicos Islands – Friendly, 13/11/2024 (Brown 3, Rene 17) Turks and Caicos Islands 1 – 0 Grenada – Friendly, 19/11/2024 (Glinton 86) Rankings January: 156 February: 156 March: 153 April: 152 May: 152 June: 152 July: 153 August: 150 September: 152 October: 157 November: 163 December: 152 Yearly Verdict Hopefully I’m not seeing a pattern here. I remember coming off a couple of successful years in the last cycle and then everything going wrong. We’ve put in some pretty dire performances as I search for the right tactics for this team. Alas it could’ve been worse, a couple of wins at the end of the year including finally beating Grenada saw the ranking stabilize at 152. Perhaps the best thing about this year is the emergence of another five star player, Events Rene who plays for Golden State Force in America. The more foreign based players, the better. Star Player Marc Hassad - A good versatile winger.
  8. Caribbean Cup 2024 Despite the improvements with the team I still have the meagre expectation of achieving just the one victory at the Caribbean Cup. Having been drawn in a group containing the Cayman Islands, Martinique and Granada, maybe my expectations will be surpassed? Turks and Caicos Islands Squad Goalkeepers: Syed Brumvert, Ajah McKnight, Duane Rene Defenders: Peter Brumvert, Kevin Cook, Ian Coulton, Events Fletcher, George Fletcher, Marc Hamilton, Christopher Hassad, Spentz Hassad, James Rene Midfielders: Lee Bryne, Ian Collis, Duane Fletcher, Herby Glinton, Marc Hassad, Christopher Jones, Lagneau Rene, Marc Singh Forwards: Ian Cook, Charles Brown, Kevin Lowery The Group Opponents (Rankings in Brackets) Cayman Islands (132) – Weaker team than us, but ranked 132 in the world. Very impressive. Grenada (171) – Bogey team with a couple of players outside their one star rated domestic league. Martinique – Completely made up of players from their one star domestic league, look weak compared to some of the other French colonies. Caribbean Cup First Round - Cayman Islands 1 – 1 Turks and Caicos Islands The game started off end to end with both teams creating chances before calming down a bit, the first half went drab after the first 20 minutes. The second half stayed like the latter end of the first, drab. This was until our defender Ian Coulton quite harshly had a foul in the box ruled against him. Alfredo Williams duly dispatched the penalty and the Cayman Islands were 1 – 0 up on the hour mark. We were fatigued and it was showing as we created next to nothing, it looked to be one of those matches when Herby Glinton whipped in a free kick on his second attempt when pressure from Lee Bryne forced Seb Cupid to put it in his own net in the 90th minute. A point was well and truly stolen. Caribbean Cup First Round – Turks and Caicos Islands 1 – 2 Martinique Well this game didn’t start well, Martinique striker Kevin Sery scored twice in just under 15 minutes from some pretty dire defending by us and was unlucky not to finish the job when he missed a decent chance from more slack defending. We managed to get a foothold in the game but didn’t create any chances and were just thankful to be 2 – 0 down at half-time. Despite being given a rollicking at half-time we still didn’t look like we were up for the fight in this match, however things changed when Marc Hassad pounced in the box to make it 2 – 1 with 25 minutes still to go. Suddenly we did look like a team, but ultimately we huffed and puffed to a closer defeat than I expected after the diabolical start. Caribbean Cup First Round – Turks and Caicos Islands 0 – 3 Granada Nothing of any real note happened in the early stages of the game, we missed a free-kick and they had a corner cleared. However on the 37th minute Kharlton Belmar got his customary goal against us beating the defence to put away a well whipped in cross. We exerted some good pressure and almost hit back but it was Granada who would go into half-time leading. It was Granada who would continue to fashion the chances too and when Belmar headed in from a cross to get his second and Granada’s second, I didn’t hold much hope for a comeback with just over 20 minutes to go. A Van-Basten style volley from John Jules on the 76th minute put a nice deserved shine on the result for Granada, 3 – 0 it was to finish. Caribbean Cup 2024 Verdict Normally I would’ve just conserved all my first-team players for the final match against Granada, but the lure of playing a Cayman Islands ranked 132 in the world with my first team was too good to resist. A win would’ve done wonders for our ranking, but the draw coupled with the Granada result will probably see us drop a few places. If my team came into the tournament fully rested then playing the Cayman’s with the first teamers wouldn’t have been such a dilemma, but ultimately I messed up the rotation and we paid for it with this lacklustre showing. Cayman Islands topped the group with 7 points, Granada managed to qualify in second with 4 points and we finished bottom with 1.
  9. 2023 Coming off of our most successful year to date, a stronger looking Turks and Caicos Islands team were ready to take on the World Cup 2026 Qualifiers. Results Turks and Caicos Islands 3 – 0 British Virgin Islands – Friendly, 07/06/2023 (Brown 20, Cook 77, Glinton 84) Nicaragua 1 – 1 Turks and Caicos Islands – Friendly, 13/06/2023 (Lowery 75) Turks and Caicos Islands 1 – 1 Barbados – 2026 World Cup Qualification (NAM) Second Round, First leg - 02/09/2023 (Glinton 31) Barbados 1 – 0 Turks and Caicos Islands - 2026 World Cup Qualification (NAM) Second Round, Second leg – 06/09/2023 Turks and Caicos Islands 1 – 0 Belize – Friendly, 11/10/2023 (Brown 32) Turks and Caicos Islands 2 – 2 The Bahamas - Friendly, 17/10/2023 (Glinton 53, Hassad 69) Surinam 1 – 1 Turks and Caicos Islands - Friendly, 15/11/2023 (Glinton 1) Anguilla 1 – 2 Turks and Caicos Islands – Friendly, 21/11/2023 (Speer 41, Hassad 90) Rankings January: 155 February: 155 March: 152 April: 163 May: 163 June: 163 July: 160 August: 159 September: 161 October: 158 November: 155 December: 156 Yearly Verdict Another successful year I would say. In the end it was disappointing not to get past Barbados and Billy Forbes retirement was a blow. However with a stronger team overall we have started to win more friendlies and remained unbeaten during all of them this year, even beating Anguilla! The last minute goal against them was very satisfying. Unfortunately due to scheduling issues I was unable to get friendlies in March this year, I genuinely thought we were in the First Round qualifiers which happen in March. Star Player Herby Glinton – The midfield maestro.
  10. 2019 – 2023 Cycle Verdict Well at times this cycle seemed like a real struggle, but we achieved our objectives in the end. We won a game in the Caribbean Cup and progressed via ranking into the second round of the qualification draw. We've also seen a crop of stronger players come through. Apart from Herby Glinton though they aren't going to be world beaters, but keep progressing as a team and maybe the nation will start producing more world beaters. This cycle also saw us say goodbye to Billy Forbes who retired, he will be remembered as an early pioneer of the Turks and Caicos Islands footballing journey. A real legend. 2023 - 2027 Cycle We wasn't too far from being seeded for that second round draw so the aim has to be to try and get seeded for that. We're going to need to win more friendly matches than we already do and get more competitive wins at the Caribbean Cup.
  11. 2026 World Cup Qualification (NAM) Second Round Squad Goalkeepers: Syed Brumvert, Ajah McKnight, Duane Rene Defenders: Peter Brumvert, Events Collis, Kevin Cook, Ian Coulton, George Fletcher, David Glinton, Christopher Hassad, Spentz Hassad, James Speer Midfielders: George Brough, Lee Bryne, Ian Collis, Duane Fletcher, Herby Glinton, Marc Hassad, Christopher Jones, Lagneau Rene Forwards: Charles Brown, Ian Cook, Kevin Lowery Turks and Caicos Islands 1 - 1 Barbados – 2026 World Cup Qualification (NAM) Second Round, First leg – 02/09/2023 Barbados as to be expected started off the better side, causing problems for our defence but missing their chances. Tyrone Mings was proving to be a particular problem for us. However it would be us who took the lead with Herby Glinton curling home my first ever World Cup qualification goal from just outside the box. Undeserved, but a goal is a goal. Barbados continued in much the same fashion but didn’t find that elusive goal. Early on in the second half however Barbados did find their goal, when failure to deal with Mings cross saw Rahiem Bailey eventually bundle home. Barbados didn’t fashion too many chances and towards the end of the game players were getting injured left, right and centre. We nearly won it at the end with an Ian Collis glancing header, but the game finished square and our hopes were still alive. Barbados 1 (2) - 0 (1) Turks and Caicos Islands 2026 World Cup Qualification (NAM) Second Round, Second leg - 06/09/2023 With Tyrone Mings missing from injury in this match we came into it with heightened expectations which were dampened somewhat when Jeffrey Samuel scored from a set-piece just five minutes into the match. What followed though was a great spell of dominance for us that sadly didn’t get rewarded with a goal during the first half. The second half saw Barbados have the better of the chances and they really should’ve ended this tie, but the more chances they missed the more I felt confident we could get back in it. However we missed one decent chance when I decided to throw everything at them, but the goal never came and the qualification dream ended here. 2026 World Cup Qualification Verdict Quite disappointed really not to have got through that. Barbados missing Tyrone Mings should’ve been an opportunity that we didn’t pass up, but we did. Billy Forbes retired earlier on in the year and I reckon he might’ve just won us this tie, two class players in him and Glinton would’ve been too much for Barbados (without Mings) I think. Montserrat actually beat Puerto Rico to progress into the third round, so it goes to show with a few class players and a bit of luck in the draw, that the third round is quite achievable.
  12. CONACAF 2026 World Cup Second Round Qualification Draw Well what a nice surprise, the game must’ve based it’s seeding on the January 2023 rankings as we have been given a bye to the Second Round so our youth potential has gone up by 1 from 6 to 7! Doubt will be producing any Messi’s anytime soon mind. Seedings (ranking in brackets based on January 2023 Fifa Rankings) Seeded: Puerto Rico (146), Saint Lucia (138), Barbados (137), Guyana (129), Bermuda (129), Guatemala (114), Haiti (112), Dominican Republic (103), Curacao (100), Aruba (99) Unseeded: Nicaragua (182)*, Cayman Islands (178)*, Antigua and Barbuda (164)*, Cuba (161)*, Saint Kitts and Nevis (158)*, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (158)*, Grenada (157), Turks and Caicos Islands (155), The Bahamas (154), Montserrat (152) *First round winners Initial Thoughts Puerto Rico – Bring em on, not that good. Saint Lucia – Difficult. Barbados – More difficult. Guyana – Overrated. Bermuda – Would hammer us. Guatemala – No chance. Haiti – No chance. Dominican Republic – Too good. Curacao – Beatable. Aruba – Very slim chance. The Draw Antigua and Barbuda vs Dominican Republic Saint Lucia vs The Bahamas Puerto Rico vs Montserrat Haiti vs Cuba Turks and Caicos Islands vs Barbados Grenada vs Bermuda Saint Kitts and Nevis vs Guyana Guatemala vs Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Aruba vs Nicaragua Curacao vs Cayman Islands Draw Verdict Well it could’ve been worse, we have a slim chance of beating Barbados but at least unlike in the Caribbean Cup I can play them with a full strength team. I’ve got two friendlies to prepare for this tie, let’s hope it’s a bit closer than the Dominica one in 2022 qualification.
  13. 2022 After the downturn in results from the middle of last year, we had one last attempt at getting seeded for the World Cup Qualification draw and then it would be time to prepare for said draw. Results Turks and Caicos Islands 2 – 1 Cayman Islands – Friendly, 22/03/2022 (Forbes 33, Lowery 43) Grenada 3 – 1 Turks and Caicos Islands – Caribbean Cup First Round, 17/08/2022 (Lowery 65) Turks and Caicos Islands 1 – 6 Barbados – Caribbean Cup First Round, 19/08/2022 (Hassad 2) Turks and Caicos Islands 4 – 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis – Caribbean Cup First Round, 21/08/2022 (Brown 6, Forbes 29, Bryne 32, Forbes 67) Turks and Caicos Islands 3 – 1 US Virgin Islands – Friendly, 31/08/2022 (Hassad 23, Forbes 62, Glinton 88) Cook Islands 2 – 2 Turks and Caicos Islands – Friendly, 06/09/2022 (Forbes 32, Lowery 72) Turks and Caicos Islands 0 – 0 Anguilla – Friendly, 05/10/2022 Turks and Caicos Islands 2 – 3 Mongolia – Friendly, 11/10/2022 (Forbes 36, Lowery 82) Turks and Caicos Islands 2 – 1 Montserrat – Friendly, 09/11/2022 (Brown 22, White 35 o.g.) Rankings January: 179 February: 179 March: 183 April: 175 May: 174 June: 174 July: 178 August: 177 September: 165 October: 165 November: 155 December: 155 Yearly Verdict This has probably been the best year so far in charge of this team and we didn’t even get seeded for the World Cup qualification draw. I’m finally seeing the benefits of having an active league with slightly better regens than before coming through and of course the excellent Herby Glinton who plays for Sunderland. This has seen a general upturn in results and of course the highlight was getting my first competitive win by thrashing Saint Kitts and Nevis at the Caribbean Cup. Obviously though we still are minnows of the footballing world with draws against Cook Islands and Anguilla compounded with defeat against Mongolia proving a stark reminder of that. I believe something changed for the better this year though and this can translate to progress in competitive tournaments and boost that youth potential. Onwards to the World Cup 2026 qualification draw! Star Player Billy Forbes – PLEASE do not get injured for the World Cup qualification tie.
  14. Caribbean Cup 2022 As predicted we are back in the First Round of the Caribbean Cup having been drawn in a nightmare group of Barbados, Grenada and Saint Kitts and Nevis. Not holding much hope out that we can get that elusive first competitive win under my tenure, but the plan is to put all our efforts into the last game against Saint Kitts as my squad is too tired to really give a sufficient challenge against Grenada or Barbados. Turks and Caicos Islands Squad Goalkeepers: Euan Collis, Ajah Mcknight, Duane Rene Midfielders: Gianni Brumvert, Events Collis, George Fletcher, Duane Gannon, Stephen Rene, Charles Savage, Events Savage, Ian Speer, James Speer Forwards: Charles Brown, Kevin Collis, Herby Lowery, Kevin Lowery The Group Opponents (Rankings in brackets) Grenada (168) – Strong team who have beaten us a few times Barbados (152) – Strongest team in the group. Saint Kitts and Nevis (160) – Decent, but very beatable. Caribbean Cup First Round – Grenada 3 – 1 Turks and Caicos Islands As expected the favourites dominated the match from the start and quickly took the lead on the 10 minute mark when Kimron Ganter was waiting to pounce in the box. The second would arrive a little later on in the half when Kharlton Belmar got his now customary goal against us with a great turn and strike in the box. Grenada didn’t add any further to their tally in the first half. My team talk obviously didn’t do much to motivate the team as we conceded straight away in the second half when Kuan Jules struck at the near post. It did seem like this game would end up as a cricket score but Herby Lowery’s goal on the 64th minute mark heralded a decent spell for us which unfortunately didn’t yield anymore goals. Caribbean Cup First Round – Turks and Caicos Islands 1 – 6 Barbados Well it didn’t take long for Barbados to go ahead, 45 seconds in fact when Akeene Boyce’s cross fluked its way into the net. However Marc Hassad didn’t follow the script with an instant response to restore parity. Barbados restored the lead just before the ten minute mark through Daryl Hurdle and by the twenty minute mark we were already 4-1 down. When Ranaldo King scored from a set piece a minute later I decided to just completely shut up shop and prevent absolute humiliation and it seemed to have the desired effect having not conceded another goal until the 88th minute when Jamar Burton headed home from a corner. Caribbean Cup First Round - Turks and Caicos Islands 4 – 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis So time for the match where it really mattered. We started really well and was rewarded nice and early when Charles Brown finished from an impressive counter attack move. The dominance continued and we were 2 – 0 to the good when Forbes headed home Bryne’s cross at the far post on the 28th minute mark. Lee Bryne turned from provider to goal scorer when he tapped home Brown’s rebounded shot minutes later. Saint Kitts came into the game a bit more during the second half but didn’t find anything in the shape of a goal. It was all over for them when Forbes scored his 26th international goal from a penalty kick in the 66th minute. Saint Kitts couldn’t find a consolation goal and the match ended an almost unbelievable 4-0. Caribbean Cup 2022 Verdict Forget the fact we were terrible in our first two matches and limped out of contention for the Second Round, let’s focus on the amazing result against Saint Kitts. It is easily the best result I have had with this team and finally give us that first competitive win. A few youngsters who aren’t complete rubbish have started to come through and a very good regen called Herby Glinton who plays for Sunderland gives me hope that more of these mid-tier Caribbean nations can be beaten. Barbados got through as group winners, Grenada as one of the second best teams. Whilst we finished third with our highest points tally of three.
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