At the beginning of each week, I search the sports columns to formulate a plan which would need the attention of any sports fans in the country, me included.
Unfortunately, the start of my interest was on the challenge of my Alma Mater, Fatima College, whose standard of play has been very moderate, leaving them with just a fighting chance to save relegation.
It was not my joy to even consider the type of effort and preparation which this school's seasonal football programmes appeared to be way short of raising our adrenalin.
Occasionally, I have stopped by to take a peek of the work done by the coaching staff in the various age groups, a hobby which did not allow me to look forward to the season.
Eventually, the final result for the lads in the SSFL saw them deep-seated in the relegation zone. Now, we shall be in search of some turnaround performances that may bring the inter Col trophy to the school cabinet.
The focus on EPL football brought me the most joy through the excellence of my favourite team Manchester City and a desperate effort of Manchester United to improve their previously dull quality of play in the early part of the season.
I was pleasantly impressed with the adjustment in strategy and motivation of players by Jose Mourinho. The fans of this great club can comfortably predict a place in the final four of the league. They eventually found some brilliance in their forward Martial who replaced Lukaku, and saw Mata, and Sanchez, receive the brilliance from their most talented midfielder Pogba, whose distribution of the ball in the last four matches, left the fans with a guarantee that better days are ahead for his team. Coming from behind to defeat Shalka Donetzk in a manner that has sent a serious message to their city rivals Man. City on the weekend.
True enough, “City” is beauty in motion as they caress some delicate passes in and between their defensive opponents and dictate the pace of the game at all times.
Pep Guardiola has the best problem of any coach, and that is to choose his starting eleven from game to game.
He has the highest quality players in world football and although winning brings pressure from all opponents, having to change from champions league to EPL could be his biggest challenge.
Scoring six goals on Wednesday afternoon was surely a signal for Pep, but it will also motivate Man. United to use an aggressive defensive mode to accommodate the speed and guile of his front six players.
Team selection will also be the greatest headache for both Jose and Pep.
And in the silent moments of the past seven days, my decision to take a close look at our Under-20 football squad in Bradenton Florida, USA, a team whose preparation was far from satisfactory, through no fault of their dedicated coach Russell Latapy, but from the corridors of the administrative offices, where once again, financing continued to be the major problem for coach, management, players. I was not optimistic over what their level of performances can be brought to the field after one day's practice session, no organised practice matches and most of all, having to face a five-match program in about ten days.
However, there was much potential in the individual skill of the players, almost with the resemblance of their coach Latapy, whose brilliance of footwork could be easily recognised when he is working with his team. Admittedly, the tendency to hold on to the ball excessively by the skilful ones, could have been considered the absence of good cohesive methods especially in the midfield. In each of the matches, I was impressed with the quick defensive tackling against even the USA. However, they lost the ball within the opponents penalty area and having attacked with so many players, the defence line were unable to retreat and reorganise the passing lanes which were left vacant.
Of Course, the weak minnows were no problem and it was only the USA and Suriname which utilized their deficiencies.
Yes, the young Soca Warriors did not qualify, but give a more thorough preparation, this group of players can blossom into a competent senior team for the future. Cricket was next on my plan, hard-headed as I am. After two heavily beaten in two test matches, lost a five-match ODI tournament and finally a T20 series, through awful play in every department followed by unnecessary and false excuses. Some experts tried to predict the selection of players for the world championship next year. Thankfully, there is time for selection. Maybe it will offer enough time to sit and carefully name a team which will serve the Caribbean with character against the rest of the world.