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Find the fun in football - SSFL ambassador Hislop encourages players to love game

By Sports Desk March 05, 2019
Shaka Hislop. Shaka Hislop.

Trinidad and Tobago Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) ambassador Shaka Hislop has encouraged athletes to first and foremost enjoy the sport of football.

The 50-year-old former national player turned television pundit, is himself a former alumnus of the SSFL where he competed for St Mary’s College.  The former Newcastle goalkeeper has been brought on board this year to serve as an inspirational source and lodestar for players taking part in this year’s competition.

“That’s what I would continue to encourage everybody who plays, play because you enjoy it and you’ll see where your talent takes you. Don’t focus on what one person is doing because that’s an entirely different story, they have their own unique path,” Hislop told the T&T Newsday.

With several young players focused on Europe, Hislop also advised youngsters to look further home where the North American league could be a viable option.

“It continues to be a viable alternative.  You can also come through the secondary school level (in TT) to get into college football. I played because I enjoyed the game. I didn’t think I would have ever played professional, that came as I grew and developed.”

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    The victory put Malick at the top of the table as the only team to have kept a 100 per cent win record to date in addition to a healthy + seven after their 5-0 thrashing of Speyside Secondary last week.

    This week, things were a little closer as Trinity College Moka returned from their 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Presentation College last week to put in a much improved performance.

    Despite giving nearly as good as they got, Trinity College Moka are now second from bottom, just ahead of Speyside Secondary who also fell to a second defeat.

    Speyside, who were destroyed on opening weekend, found the going no easier against St Anthony’s College who blew them away 7-1.

    St Anthony’s are now in third place on the tables with four points along with Naparima College, who are in fourth after their 2-2 draw on Saturday.

    There are two other teams on four points, with East Mucurapo Secondary in second and Trinity College East in fifth also in the running for a title, at least in the early going.

    Presentation College were pegged back 2-1 by Carapichaima East, who like them, are now on three points in sixth and eighth places respectively.

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    Pleasantville Secondary also had a turnaround on Saturday, losing to Queen’s Royal College 4-2. QRC were coming off 6-0 loss and now lie 10th with this victory.

    St Augustine Secondary have had two draws this season, this week, Trinity College East too tough to get by in a 2-2 affair.

    San Juan North Secondary are yet to get off the mark, after their bye this week.

     

     

     

    Pos

    Team

    P

    W

    D

    L

    F

    A

    +-

    Pts

    1

    Malik Secondary

    2

    2

    0

    0

    7

    1

    6

    6

    2

    East Mucurapo Secondary

    2

    1

    1

    0

    8

    2

    6

    4

    3

    St Anthony's College

    2

    1

    1

    0

    8

    2

    6

    4

    4

    Naparima College

    2

    1

    1

    0

    5

    2

    3

    4

    5

    Trinity College East

    2

    1

    1

    0

    4

    3

    1

    4

    6

    Presentation College

    2

    1

    0

    1

    7

    2

    5

    3

    7

    St Benedict's College

    2

    1

    0

    1

    5

    4

    1

    3

    8

    Carapichaima East Secondary

    1

    1

    0

    0

    2

    1

    1

    3

    9

    Pleasantville Secondary

    2

    1

    0

    1

    3

    4

    -1

    3

    10

    Queen's Royal College

    2

    1

    0

    1

    4

    8

    -4

    3

    11

    St Augustine Secondary

    2

    0

    2

    0

    3

    3

    0

    2

    12

    San Juan North Secondary

    1

    0

    0

    1

    0

    1

    -1

    0

    13

    St Mary's College

    2

    0

    0

    2

    2

    7

    -5

    0

    14

    Trinity College Moka

    2

    0

    0

    2

    1

    8

    -7

    0

    15

    Speyside Secondary

    2

    0

    0

    2

    1

    12

    -11

    0

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    Pos Team P W D L F A +- Pts
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    2 Presentation College 1 1 0 0 6 0 6 3
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    4 Naparima College 1 1 0 0 3 0 3 3
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    10 St Benedict's College 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0
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