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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 2021 Coming off from a reasonable successful year, it was now time to keep the feel good factor going and rack up some more wins. Results US Virgin Islands 2 – 7 Turks and Caicos Islands – Friendly, 26/03/2021 (Lowery 15, Forbes 17, 27, 34, 43, Brown 56, 75) Turks and Caicos Islands 1 – 1 American Samoa – Friendly, 09/06/2021 (Bryne 33) Turks and Caicos Islands 3 – 2 Cook Islands – Friendly, 15/06/2021 (Forbes 13, Bryne 23, 55) Surinam 3 – 1 Turks and Caicos Islands – Friendly, 01/09/2021 (Jones 81) Turks and Caicos Islands 0 – 2 Vanuatu – Friendly, 07/09/2021 British Virgin Islands 0 – 0 Turks and Caicos Islands – Friendly, 06/10/2021 Turks and Caicos Islands 1 – 3 Dominica – Friendly, 12/10/2021 (Brown 10) Turks and Caicos Islands 4 – 5 Papa New Guinea – Friendly, 10/11/2021 (Bryne 8, Forbes 35, Bryne 52, 56) The Bahamas 7 – 1 Turks and Caicos Islands – Friendly, 16/11/2021 (Coulton 2) Rankings January: 178 February: 178 March: 180 April: 178 May: 177 June: 177 July: 171 August: 171 September: 173 October: 180 November: 179 December: 179 Yearly Verdict Well the feel good factor soon evaporated when Forbes got injured for a while after the Cook Islands match and yet again what followed was a winless streak with some absolute mauling’s dished out. The Bahamas and Surinam added to the list of teams we just can’t beat. The ability of our top defender Ian Coulton has nosedived meaning our defence really is full of absolute dross, we have a few good attackers but our one world class player Forbes is without a club, I just hope he can find one and doesn’t retire. Our ranking is due to plummet but we should’ve done enough to be in the First Round of the Caribbean Cup, however it looks like we will be unseeded for the World Cup qualification draw. We’ve got one game left against the Cayman Islands who are ranked 157, so that might just get us a seeded place. Star Player Lee Bryne – Made the left wing spot his own.
  9. 2020 After two frankly terrible years, could we buck the trend and enjoy some kind of success? Results Turks and Caicos Islands 2 – 1 British Virgin Islands – Friendly, 27/03/2020 (Brown 19, Brumvert 72) Anguilla 4 – 0 Turks and Caicos Islands – Caribbean Cup Preliminary Round, 12/08/2020 Turks and Caicos Islands 2 – 2 French Guiana - Caribbean Cup Preliminary Round, 14/08/2020 (Forbes 39, Hamilton 83) Turks and Caicos Islands 1 – 3 Martinique - Caribbean Cup Preliminary Round, 16/08/2020 (Brown 40) Turks and Caicos Islands 1 – 1 The Bahamas – Friendly, 02/09/2020 (Lowery 31) Turks and Caicos Islands 0 – 3 Belize – Friendly, 08/09/2020 Nicaragua 0 – 2 Turks and Caicos Islands – Friendly, 07/10/2020 (Lowery 17, Hassad 66) Cayman Islands 1 – 2 Turks and Caicos Islands – Friendly, 13/10/2020 (Lowery 33, 61) Turks and Caicos Islands 2 – 4 Anguilla – Friendly, 11/11/2020 (Bryne 36, Turbyfield 47) Turks and Caicos Islands 0 – 2 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – Friendly, 17/11/2020 Rankings January: 195 February: 195 March: 196 April: 188 May: 188 June: 188 July: 187 August: 188 September: 194 October: 177 November: 179 December: 178 Yearly Verdict In all honestly this year became an achievement when we beat British Virgin Islands in the first game of the year to give us that long elusive win, over two years in fact. Throw in a couple of good performances against stronger opposition in the Caribbean Cup and a further two away wins when we hadn’t managed one in four years, makes it a very good year indeed. The Cayman Islands were ranked in the 160s too so we got a considerable rankings boost. Of course there is still some negativity, our inability to beat Anguilla is really starting to annoy me and our defence isn’t very good, but we have a healthy ranking now and another good year will see us back in the First Round of the Caribbean Cup and seeded for the 2026 World Cup Qualification draw. Yes it has really gone that quick. Star Player Kevin Lowery – Scored some crucial goals to earn us victories.
  10. Caribbean Cup 2020 So the 2020 Caribbean Cup is upon us and due to our atrocious ranking we have actually be placed in the preliminary round. This is where the three lowest ranked teams in the Caribbean and the non-FIFA affiliated nations compete. Eight teams will be drawn into two groups of four with the winners progressing into round one and the best second placed team in either group also progresses. Ironically this could actually be a great opportunity for me to win a competitive game. Turks and Caicos Islands Squad Goalkeepers: Lagneau Bryne, Ajah McKnight, Duane Rene Defenders: Gianni Brown, Duane Gannon, Woody Gibson, Marc Hamilton, Billy Jones, Events Savage, James Speer Midfielders: Gianni Bryne, Lee Bryne, Herby Cook, Billy Forbes, Ian Glinton, George Hamilton, Marc Hassad, Christopher Jones, Gianni Slattery, Spentz Turbyfield Forwards: Charles Brown, Syed Brumvert, Kevin Lowery The Group Opponents (Rankings in brackets) Anguilla (193) – Proverbial Caribbean minnows who we just can’t seem to beat as of late. French Guiana – Decent team with a striker worth 1.7m Martinique – Another decent team with some fairly good players Caribbean Cup Preliminary Round - Anguilla 4 - 0 Turks and Caicos Islands We started well in this game and really looked set to get the first goal. Unfortunately we were never rewarded for our early dominance and got sucked when James Burris put home a cross on the 21st minute. Things could’ve got a lot uglier in this first half as Anguilla were now absolutely dominating, but we held out with no further damage done. Anguilla remained dominant in the second half and were two goals to the good when the impressive Burris supplied a through ball to Roy Richardson who put it home just before the hour mark. Things became more even and Forbes missed a great chance to at least give us hope. However a fantastic counter attack finished off by that man Burris put the game to bed, who further humiliated us with a late headed goal. Caribbean Cup Preliminary Round - Turks and Caicos Islands 2 - 2 French Guiana This game surprisingly started pretty even with neither side giving much away. That did change however when French Guiana’s hotshot striker Sloan Privet finished a nice low diagonal cross. Unlike most our games against the bigger teams we didn’t buckle after conceding and just over ten minutes later we were back in it when Billy Forbes tapped home Gibson’s cross. The game would remain 1-1 for the rest of the half. Just like the start of the first half, the game started an even contest with both teams missing a good chance each and the game increasingly looking like it will end in a draw. However a brilliant whipped in corner from Forbes was headed in by George Hamilton to give us the lead on the 82nd minute and within touching distance of a great victory. Unfortunately this lead only lasted for two minutes when French Guiana really upped the ante and we crumbled with Yohann Frontbonne scoring the equalizer. We held on though for an impressive draw. Caribbean Cup Preliminary Round - Turks and Caicos Islands 1 - 3 Martinique Martinique are a bit weaker than French Guiana so victory here may see us just edge through as best second placed team. Martinique missed a few good chances in the first half before the game settled down. Things changed on the 40 minute mark when a Lee Bryne cross was bundled home by young striker Charles Brown. We went into half-time leading this match. The Second Half was more entertaining for the neutral with both teams missing chances and as the game went on I actually started to believe we might win. However in a similar fashion to our goal, Martinique equalized through Ryan Serrano with 20 minutes left to play. This is where I made a major tactical error, I decided to go attacking rather than stay on the counter, two quick-fire goals by Martinique ended any hope of progression and undid what was very good work from my team in this match. Caribbean Cup 2020 Verdict It was certainly a Jekyll and Hyde performance from my team, thrashed by Anguilla but very much holding our own against the two French colonial heavyweights. What a shame that we couldn’t beat one of them. I’ve started blooding a few youngsters into the squad now so hopefully this experience will serve us well in the future, but for now it’s an even earlier exit in the Caribbean Cup. French Guiana finished top of the group, Martinique progress as best second placed team. We finished last with one point.
  11. 2019 After the disaster that was 2018 the biggest year so far has arrived in 2019 with the World Cup Qualifiers taking place. Results Dominica 1 – 0 Turks and Caicos Islands – 2022 World Cup Qualification (NAM) First Round, First Leg, 26/03/2019 Turks and Caicos Islands 0 – 3 Dominica - 2022 World Cup Qualification (NAM) First Round, Second Leg, 3/04/2019 Turks and Caicos Islands 0 – 0 Cook Islands – Friendly, 12/06/2019 Montserrat 3 – 1 Turks and Caicos Islands – Friendly, 18/06/2019 (Jones 2) Turks and Caicos Islands 3 – 3 Solomon Islands – Friendly, 10/09/2019 (Brough 19, Forbes 66, Turbyfield 75) Turks and Caicos Islands 0 – 2 Grenada – Friendly, 9/10/2019 Solomon Islands 4 – 1 Turks and Caicos Islands – Friendly, 15/10/2019 (Glinton 6) Anguilla 3 – 2 Turks and Caicos Islands – Friendly, 13/11/2019 (Glinton 5, Hassad 79) Turks and Caicos Islands 2 – 3 Antigua and Barbuda – Friendly, 19/11/2019 (Forbes 36, Lowery 62) Rankings January: 182 February: 181 March: 178 April: 189 May: 188 June: 188 July: 184 August: 186 September: 189 October: 191 November: 194 December: 195 Yearly Verdict Another very disappointing year comes to an end. We didn’t reach the Second Round of qualification and are now ranked lower than when I took charge of the nation, also throw in the fact we haven’t won for two years now. I’m not confident things are going to get better either, in the long-term some decent youngsters may come through but the youth potential is still at 6 so the chances of that are slim. We’ve just got to keep fighting on and see what we can do in the Caribbean Cup next year. Star Player Ian Glinton – Likes to pop up with an early goal.
  12. 2015-2019 Cycle Verdict I’d like to think we have made progress in this cycle, but it’s hard to really make a case for it. Yes we did get up to a ranking of 154 and seeded for the qualification draw, but I think the Fifa rankings are a flawed system anyway, not that I minded being ranked that high. We haven’t won a Caribbean Cup game yet, didn’t qualify for the Second Round of qualification despite being seeded and have lost nine games in a row. Due to not reaching the Second Round of qualification or the Caribbean Cup our youth potential remains at 6. My last story with The Bahamas actually ended at this point, but you can be damn sure this one won’t. I’m in this for a very, very long haul. 2019 – 2023 Cycle So the new cycle begins, but the aims remain the same. Try and win a Caribbean Cup game, get seeded for the World Cup Qualification draw and progress this time.
  13. 2022 World Cup Qualification (NAM) First Round Squad Goalkeepers: Lagneau Bryne, Eucan Collis, Ajah McKnight Defenders: Gianni Brumvert, Peter Bruno, Ian Coulton, Paul Forbes, Billy Rene, Events Savage, James Speer Midfielders: George Brough, Kevin Collis, David Gannon, Iain Glinton, Marc Hassad, Christopher Jones, Ian Savage, James Singh, Gianni Slattery, Spentz Turbyfield Strikers: Syed Brumvert, Paul Johnson, Kevin Lowery Dominica 1 – 0 Turks and Caicos Islands – 2022 World Cup Qualification (NAM) First Round, First leg – 27/03/2019 We started a lot more confidently in this match than I had seen us do so for a while. We didn’t have many chances in the first half but I was confident a goal would eventually come, however Dominica were looking worthy of a goal too though we did restrict them to mainly long range efforts. The second half saw Dominica take more control of the game and was rewarded in the 54th minute when Tristan Coville angled in a drive from a rebounded free-kick. Whilst Dominica still remained in control we kept them at bay pretty well without overly being threatening ourselves. The game finished 1 – 0 to the home team and we were still very much in contention. Turks and Caicos Islands 0 (0) – 3 (4) Dominica - 2022 World Cup Qualification (NAM) First Round, Second Leg – 03/04/2019 Just like the first leg we kept our shape well without creating too many chances which wasn’t a problem in the first stages of the match. However things did change on the 34th minute when a cross rebounded from a corner was headed into the path of Ollie Key who volleyed home. Now we had no choice but to go attacking. Dominica killed the tie of as a contest 32 seconds into the second half when Dan Short caught out our keeper at the backpost. After this followed the only time we truly dominated the game, but the longer the match went on, the more fruitless our efforts seemed to be. A big defensive error in the 84th minute enabled Dan Short to grab his second of the match and put a nice shine on the result for the Dominicans. 2022 World Cup Qualification Verdict Losing our best player Billy Forbes in the run-up to this tie was a huge blow for a team that is lacking any real quality. I think having him in that first leg could’ve ultimately swung the result in our favour in that game. Not so sure how different the second leg would've been. The overall result did flatter Dominica in the end, but they are a better side than us and defeat was to be expected. Maybe the 2026 qualification process will bare more fruitful for us.
  14. CONACAF 2022 World Cup First Round Qualification Draw Well it’s all been building up to this, all the work put into the last nearly four years has come down to the two-legged tie in this draw. The game has thrown up a few hiccups, only 12 teams compete in this round unlike the 14 in real life so by our rankings we should’ve got a bye. However Antigua and Barbuda along with Grenada got the byes despite being ranked lower than us. CONCACAF corruption perhaps? Seedings (ranking in brackets based on August 2018 Fifa Rankings) Seeded: Turks and Caicos Islands (154), The Bahamas (159), Surinam (169), Puerto Rico (173), British Virgin Islands (175), Cayman Islands (177) Unseeded: Guyana (179), Dominica (183), Nicaragua (190), Montserrat (194), US Virgin Islands (197), Anguilla (208) Initial Thoughts Guyana – Don’t want them, we would lose. Dominica – Probably would lose, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas guaranteed to score. Nicaragua – Dross, but have the measure of us. Montserrat – Beatable just need to keep Lyle Taylor quite. US Virgin Islands – Should beat them. Anguilla – Again should beat them. The Draw Dominica vs Turks and Caicos Islands Nicaragua vs Puerto Rico British Virgin Islands v Guyana The Bahamas vs Montserrat US Virgin Islands vs Cayman Islands Surinam vs Anguilla Draw Verdict Well least it wasn’t Guyana. A poor draw which on current form I hold very little hope on progressing, but it’s by no means impossible and I need to come up with some tactics which will see us through.
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