Tom Saintfiet

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Tom Saintfiet told : "Maybe, we can postpone only the March games for now -- as soon as possible -- so that people don't have extra costs, and also have time to plan," External link

allafrica Thursday, March 19, 2020 12:57:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : “We cannot expect to play qualification games when some countries can’t use many of their best players - not because of injuries or personal reasons, but because of an international problem,” External link

thepoint Friday, March 13, 2020 6:43:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I think it would be very wise for Caf to follow Fifa’s guidelines - what they did in Asia - to postpone the games for March and June,” External link

thepoint Friday, March 13, 2020 6:43:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : “We cannot expect to play qualification games when some countries can’t use many of their best players - not because of injuries or personal reasons, but because of an international problem,” External link

thestarkenya Thursday, March 12, 2020 1:51:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I think it would be very wise for Caf to follow Fifa’s guidelines — what they did in Asia — to postpone the games for March and June,” External link

thestarkenya Thursday, March 12, 2020 1:51:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : "We cannot expect to play qualification games when some countries can't use many of their best players - not because of injuries or personal reasons, but because of an international problem," External link

bbc Tuesday, March 10, 2020 6:26:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : "I think it would be very wise for Caf to follow Fifa's guidelines - what they did in Asia - to postpone the games for March and June," External link

bbc Tuesday, March 10, 2020 6:26:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : "Naturally as a coach you're always disappointed if one of your good players cannot come," External link

bbc Monday, November 4, 2019 5:06:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : "We spoke and he explained his situation and I understand what happened the last month's it was not easy for him" "Everything in the media and all the discussions and everything that he would like to at this moment not create any new stories but focus on Hamburg. "I respect his decision but naturally as coach am disappointed I selected him because I wanted him to come just like any other player I select. "He's a very good player and together with all our other good players he would make a very strong squad. "So disappointed but I have to look forward and I still have many good players who are coming we would create strong team for these difficult games coming" External link

bbc Monday, November 4, 2019 5:06:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet déclaré : "Il est complètement blanchi maintenant et c'est la raison pour laquelle je l'ai choisi, je n'ai pas pu le choisir plus tôt parce qu'il n'était pas encore blanchi," External link

bbc-french-africa Friday, October 25, 2019 1:47:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet déclaré : "J'ai hâte de travailler avec eux et je crois qu'ils peuvent jouer un rôle important dans notre équipe" External link

bbc-french-africa Friday, October 25, 2019 1:47:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : "He is fully cleared now and that's the reason I have selected him, I couldn't select him earlier because he was not yet cleared," External link

bbc Thursday, October 24, 2019 3:16:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : "I am looking forward to work with them and believe they can be an important part of our team" External link

bbc Thursday, October 24, 2019 3:16:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “On the basis of the results we have achieved recently, the reference point for this group has allowed us to maintain a strong and core group of players with good blend of experience and youth,” External link

thepoint Friday, August 30, 2019 6:34:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : "I don't need to beg anyone to play for his country," External link

modernghana Friday, August 30, 2019 5:48:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : "I don't need to beg anyone to play for his country," External link

bbc Friday, August 30, 2019 1:41:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : "I'm proud to extend the deal with the Gambia, I enjoyed the last year working with the Scorpions and I believe that we have a lot of potential," External link

bbc Saturday, June 1, 2019 5:10:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet expliqué : "Nous jouerons un match important et décisif face à la sélection algérienne, c’est pour cela que j’ai décidé de programmer un stage de préparation" External link

APS Tuesday, March 12, 2019 7:41:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet confirmed : "After the match we need to gauge ourselves how far we are in our process. We have only started together this week in preparation for this match. Still a long way to go, but I believe that with the quality we have, if we make the right steps forward we will have a good performance against Estonia and more important we will start a new step in our future for next year" External link

MaltaIndipendent Wednesday, November 15, 2017 10:45:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : "Our game started after falling two goals behind," "After that, we tried to play some offensive football but we still had problems in defence in the first half. Their wings played high" External link

MaltaIndipendent Wednesday, November 15, 2017 10:45:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I always play to win, whether it is the world champions or whether it is the lowest ranked nation in the world. Yes, this is a dream come true for me,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Sunday, October 15, 2017 2:38:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet declared : “I was expecting something professional, it was not,” “At the end of December, I organised a training camp in Nicaragua, but I did not have a team manager” External link

trinidadexpress Sunday, January 22, 2017 5:24:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “At the moment, I am a satisfied coach after two and a half weeks working with the boys,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 19, 2017 11:11:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “And I think it was a very clear, good performance, not only tactically but also physically and mentally, where we proved today that we could win this match and the result will help us naturally in the near future,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 19, 2017 11:11:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said ( about Leo Beenhakker ) : “Beenhakker had three months time before he played his first qualifier. I had two weeks time to play my first qualifier and did not have the squad who I selected,” “I selected them, but for different reasons not everyone could come” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 19, 2017 9:48:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : “We have to reduce the squad to 20. It’s always sad, because I think we have a bigger group than 20 who I think deserve to be in this Caribbean Cup,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 19, 2017 9:48:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “We have two difficult games to go, Suriname and Haiti, and we can't underestimate them,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 19, 2017 9:48:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said ( about David John-Williams ) : “This contract is hopefully till Russia 2018, because it means that we are there,” “And as a coach, if you fail in your duties, the president (John-Williams) announced it already, and if we don’t get decent results against Panama and Mexico, then it could already be goodbye by then. But, I understand that” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 19, 2017 4:21:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : “There could be some tactical changes, because Kevan George is now in and Aikim Andrews also arrived from Trinidad. The aim is still to prepare the team for Suriname and Haiti and then later, Panama and Mexico, The main target is not a result but a good preparation, as we have to qualify for Gold Cup and World Cup,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 19, 2017 2:59:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : “So it's now a new start, a fresh start and we are going to use these two matches against Nicaragua to prepare our team for the Gold Cup and later on for the World Cup qualifiers,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 19, 2017 1:36:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I am surprised about the result because I expected to win today, but I am not surprised about the quality of Suriname,” “So I won't sleep tonight. I am sure I will repeat a lot of the match in my mind” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 19, 2017 12:12:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : “I am very satisfied. It’s a big opportunity for me as a new coach, not having much time to see a lot of league matches, to train the boys and you can teach them your tactics and I have seen a lot of improvement. We started about six days ago and the boys are very committed and working very hard to improve,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 19, 2017 12:12:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “After the training today, the players are released. They go to their families and can enjoy the time with their families for more than 24 hours and tomorrow (today) in the late afternoon, we will fly to Nicaragua, I think everyone will still have a little bit of Christmas feeling but the focus on football will not be far away,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 19, 2017 12:12:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet added : “If you want to be professional, you have to cope with that. In Europe, in England, in Belgium, they play on Christmas Day, they play in January 2nd and sometimes on January 1st, so I think it’s a choice we make as coaches and players. If you want to be in this business at the highest level, sometimes you have to sacrifice some things,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 19, 2017 12:12:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “From the first day of my unveiling, I did not get the support of the TTFA and its president; support which is needed to be able to do my job in a professional and successful way,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 18, 2017 9:32:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “From the first day of my unveiling, I did not get the support of the TTFA and its president, support which is needed to be able to do my job in a professional and successful way,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 18, 2017 8:08:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “In 20 years coaching I was never in my life sent away from the neutral area but I am always acting like this because I want to win,” “I have to try to influence people” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 18, 2017 7:19:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I would like to inform you all that I have decided to resign, today, Tuesday January 10 2017, as national team coach of Trinidad and Tobago,” “Given the mandate to guide the team past Panama and Mexico in the coming World Cup qualifiers of March 2017, I have come to the conclusion that I can’t be successful in this environment” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, January 12, 2017 5:32:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet wrote : "From the first day of my unveiling, I did not get the support of the TTFA and its President, support which is needed to be able to do my job in a professional way," "Perhaps I should have taken this decision right from day one of my appointment after the President openly second guessed his own choice of employing me but I gave him and the TTFA the benefit if the doubt" External link

Triniad-guardian Thursday, January 12, 2017 1:20:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said ( about Team ) : "I would like to inform you all that I have decided to resign, today Tuesday 10 January 2017 as National Team Coach of Trinidad & Tobago," External link

tv6tnt Wednesday, January 11, 2017 8:29:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said ( about Russell Latapy ) : “Russell is a football man, he knows the country and he has achieved a lot as a player on top level in Europe and on the national team. He has experience also as a coach so I am very happy to add him to the technical team just like everybody else who is there and together we will form a stronger squad,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, January 4, 2017 4:00:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet pointed out : “Tyrone Charles came on and did well. He hit the cross bar with a fantastic free kick and then he had a good cross,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, December 31, 2016 12:34:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : “It could be that there be some changes in the squad and there could be some tactical changes because Kevan George is now in and Aikim Andrews also arrived from Trinidad. The aim is still to prepare the team for Suriname and Haiti and then later Panama and Mexico, The main target is not a result, but a good preparation as we have to qualify for Gold Cup and World Cup” External link

Triniad-guardian Friday, December 30, 2016 6:27:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “The reason they are invited is because they caught my eye,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, December 24, 2016 1:19:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I think we have a mixed group of young players, talented players without experience in national team, but also players who played a lot for the national team and are very experienced, who also have experience abroad,” “The atmosphere is good. The boys trained well last week and we are looking forward to preparing this team for Nicaragua, but Nicaragua is also preparation for the real matches against Suriname and Haiti (in the Caribbean Football Union Gold Cup qualifiers)” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, December 24, 2016 1:19:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “The reason they are invited is because they caught my eye,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, December 23, 2016 10:36:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I think we have a mixed group of young players, talented players without experience in national team, but also players who played a lot for the national team and are very experienced, who also have experience abroad,” “The atmosphere is good. The boys trained well last week and we are looking forward to preparing this team for Nicaragua, but Nicaragua is also preparation for the real matches against Suriname and Haiti (in the Caribbean Football Union Gold Cup qualifiers)” External link

stabroeknews Friday, December 23, 2016 10:36:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “It’s a good start. I know the players have to go still to their clubs and for me it was the first contact with the players and I am quite happy with the commitment of the players,” External link

Triniad-guardian Saturday, December 17, 2016 3:25:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet added : “In this situation I came to the country which had this year maybe not such a good year, two victories over St Vincent and the Grenadines and one against Dominican Republic, the only victories in 2016 so my first aim is to try to get a tactic to get points. Maybe it is not the most attractive tactic but playing good and losing 4-3 doesn’t bring anything at this moment. We need results immediately for sure against Suriname and Haiti so my tactical choice would result oriented based on our quality compared to the opponent,” External link

Triniad-guardian Saturday, December 17, 2016 3:25:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet pointed out : “We have 1.3 million and only eleven people will stand in the middle of the stadium and listen to the national anthem and only 22 or 23 players will be selected. I want players who feel committed to the team and the country and I feel responsible for that. We need to create a group of players who are ready to battle, to fight. I always say national team is a modern type of army in war to fight against another country and we need players who will fight for their country because we have to go to the Gold Cup and then to the World Cup. That was very important for me today and I noticed a group of players who are committed and happy to be here and that’s a good start,” External link

Triniad-guardian Saturday, December 17, 2016 3:25:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “In the last few days, I spoke to a lot of local coaches where I tried to get a lot of information about their history, their background and their philosophy,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, December 16, 2016 1:05:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “In the last few days, I spoke to a lot of local coaches where I tried to get a lot of information about their history, their background and their philosophy,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, December 16, 2016 10:17:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : “I want a lot of speed upfront and space to run into on the counter attack. But I do not want to say too much because [the technical staff of] Suriname and Haiti can read what I say,” External link

stabroeknews Thursday, December 15, 2016 10:09:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said ( about Kenwyne Jones ) : “Kenwyne is not out of the squad for good. I will follow up with how he performs [with Central FC] and how he performs with [his new MLS employers] Atlanta,” “I have not yet an answer for the [identity of the] new captain. I want to talk better to the players… We still have some doubts about availability of players [for the Gold Cup playoffs]” External link

stabroeknews Thursday, December 15, 2016 10:09:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “To me, now it is a good moment in these sessions to see the players who play in the local league and some who play abroad who are available, to analyse, to see if they fit into my thoughts on how to play and also their personalities; and in a few days' time, the squad has to reduced,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, December 15, 2016 6:46:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : “I want a lot of speed upfront and space to run into on the counter attack. But I do not want to say too much because (the technical staff of) Suriname and Haiti can read what I say,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, December 15, 2016 5:33:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said ( about Kenwyne Jones ) : “Kenwyne is not out of the squad for good. I will follow up with how he performs (with Central FC) and how he performs with (his new MLS employers) Atlanta,” “I have not yet an answer for the (identity of the) new captain. I want to talk better to the players … We still have some doubts about availability of players (for the Gold Cup playoffs)” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, December 15, 2016 5:33:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : "It was a short period of time for me before I had to release a squad," External link

tv6tnt Wednesday, December 14, 2016 7:57:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said ( about Association ) : “First of all I am very happy that the Football Association has been able to arrange these two friendly matches at such short notice because these will be important preparation games for us before the important Gold Cup qualifiers in January,” External link

antiguaobserver Sunday, December 11, 2016 1:32:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I hope we can have the best possible squad for the matches,” External link

antiguaobserver Sunday, December 11, 2016 1:32:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said ( about Association ) : “First of all I am very happy that the Football Association has been able to arrange these two friendly matches at such short notice because these will be important preparation games for us before the important Gold Cup qualifiers in January,” External link

Triniad-guardian Sunday, December 11, 2016 8:44:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I prefer to have local people on the staff as they will be aware of the culture and will know the players better than I do. I cannot look at all the players in such a short space of time. When they are chosen I will have a look at them and decide who is picked on the national team” External link

Triniad-guardian Saturday, December 10, 2016 5:04:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I believe it’s possible. Two games have been played. We are in fifth position and we have to be in the top three or if needed, to be in the fourth position for the playoffs but there are still eight games to go,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, December 8, 2016 1:43:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I don't think the artificial turf, which is a bit faster here than the ones in Dhaka, will be a big problem,” External link

thedailystarBD Saturday, October 8, 2016 11:00:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I do not want to make too many changes,” External link

thedailystarBD Wednesday, October 5, 2016 12:14:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet added : “I only invited them [Nipu and Saad] to see how they are. I never saw them playing, so I want to see their quality. There is always possibility to be picked,” External link

thedailystarBD Wednesday, October 5, 2016 12:14:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “Eleven players are not here. There is no national team in the world who can prepare seven or 11 days before a match without 11 players. Six players are in Bhutan, while five players are not here today at training. It is very unprofessional,” External link

thedailystarBD Wednesday, August 24, 2016 10:17:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said ( about Jamal ) : “We added two players because I was informed yesterday that Jamal Bhuiyan may not play. So I wanted to take another player in that position, I wanted Hemanta to come back to have more quality in the training and more options as well,” External link

thedailystarBD Tuesday, August 23, 2016 9:38:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I'm sure a big part of the players from last month [training] will be in the group of 23, but some players will be included when they prove to be ready. So it will be very balanced squad. Actually the majority will be from the first squad. I'm sure about that,” External link

thedailystarBD Tuesday, August 23, 2016 9:38:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said ( about Cup Qualifiers ) : “I did give an interview a few weeks ago. I think we discussed the Nigeria topic one or two weeks ago. We spoke to media about Nigeria, who can go the World Cup again” External link

thedailystarBD Wednesday, July 27, 2016 10:24:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I don't know exactly when I will sign the agreement and that is not important because I am doing the job. You could have signed a coach who doesn't have a job, but I am in a job which proves I am here to work with Bangladesh” External link

thedailystarBD Wednesday, July 27, 2016 10:24:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet explained : “I have a verbal agreement with the president which is the most important thing. I think signing papers is not important,” “If Real Madrid or Argentina call me up, I will consider, but at the moment I don't have any offer from any federation or club except for Bangladesh. I am happy to be here” External link

thedailystarBD Wednesday, July 27, 2016 10:24:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet stated ( about Clemens Westerhof ) : “I am convinced in my qualities and in myself as a coach. I can take Nigeria to Russia. I am convinced about the current crop of players. I first admired Nigeria in 1994 under Clemens Westerhof and since then I have followed the game in Nigeria. Remember, I was appointed technical director of the (Nigeria) football federation in 2012 but the minister of sports turned it back after a few weeks,” External link

ngrguardiannews Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:37:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I am mentally totally free unless Real Madrid or Barcelona call me up tomorrow. I'm also happy to be here. I was always focused on my team. When I do something I commit fully,” External link

thedailystarBD Tuesday, July 19, 2016 10:12:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “After I return from Chittagong on July 26 having watched some of the matches of the league, I hope to sign the contract on the 27th of this month,” External link

thedailystarBD Tuesday, July 19, 2016 10:12:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : “I saw exactly what you saw,” External link

dailypost Saturday, July 16, 2016 8:41:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I have to discuss things with my people -- my family, my staff -- before we decide. I saw two games and I like what I see. I believe that Bangladesh has to win against Bhutan and qualify for the final Asian Cup qualifiers. I understand that the federation must be also wise and cannot sign a two-year contract if there is no security of playing games,” External link

thedailystarBD Saturday, June 25, 2016 9:54:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said ( about Cup Qualifiers ) : “Let me clarify that I have yet to speak with anyone about the contract. I'm here today to watch some matches of the tournament [Federation Cup]. I will talk to the BFF president about football and then I might have an opportunity to come here as the national team's coach. It is too early to say anything. I am an experienced coach and I like Bangladesh football, which is why I am here. At the moment, the option is open,” External link

thedailystarBD Thursday, June 23, 2016 9:44:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said ( about Cup Qualifiers ) : “If I am appointed as head coach of Bangladesh, then I will set three goals -- two for the short-term and one for the long-term. Firstly, I want Bangladesh to qualify for the Asian Cup Qualifiers by defeating Bhutan in September and October. Then I want to produce a good result in the SAFF Championship. The third goal is to improve the standard of Bangladesh football and extend my help to age-level teams,” External link

thedailystarBD Thursday, June 23, 2016 9:44:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet wrote : "Congratulations with the deserved qualification for AFCON 2017!!! Great job! That was my ambition too in 2010 when I arrived in Zimbabwe, the quality was always there, and it seems that now the structure and organisation is also up to level to reach the expected result," External link

allafrica Tuesday, June 7, 2016 1:23:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I prefer not to comment on any amount or other things . . . for your information, FIFA is the court who rule about these cases,” External link

herald Friday, March 20, 2015 3:30:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : "Since I left Free State Stars FC, I follow the PSL on a daily basis," External link

news24 Monday, March 16, 2015 9:32:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : "I loved working at the Bethlehem-based club and I want to return to the PSL. I know the league and the players. I still have something to prove in South Africa," External link

news24 Monday, March 16, 2015 9:32:00 AM EAT



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Tom Saintfiet told : "Maybe, we can postpone only the March games for now -- as soon as possible -- so that people don't have extra costs, and also have time to plan," External link

allafrica Thursday, March 19, 2020 12:57:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : “We cannot expect to play qualification games when some countries can’t use many of their best players - not because of injuries or personal reasons, but because of an international problem,” External link

thepoint Friday, March 13, 2020 6:43:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I think it would be very wise for Caf to follow Fifa’s guidelines - what they did in Asia - to postpone the games for March and June,” External link

thepoint Friday, March 13, 2020 6:43:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : “We cannot expect to play qualification games when some countries can’t use many of their best players - not because of injuries or personal reasons, but because of an international problem,” External link

thestarkenya Thursday, March 12, 2020 1:51:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I think it would be very wise for Caf to follow Fifa’s guidelines — what they did in Asia — to postpone the games for March and June,” External link

thestarkenya Thursday, March 12, 2020 1:51:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : "We cannot expect to play qualification games when some countries can't use many of their best players - not because of injuries or personal reasons, but because of an international problem," External link

bbc Tuesday, March 10, 2020 6:26:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : "I think it would be very wise for Caf to follow Fifa's guidelines - what they did in Asia - to postpone the games for March and June," External link

bbc Tuesday, March 10, 2020 6:26:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : "Naturally as a coach you're always disappointed if one of your good players cannot come," External link

bbc Monday, November 4, 2019 5:06:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : "We spoke and he explained his situation and I understand what happened the last month's it was not easy for him" "Everything in the media and all the discussions and everything that he would like to at this moment not create any new stories but focus on Hamburg. "I respect his decision but naturally as coach am disappointed I selected him because I wanted him to come just like any other player I select. "He's a very good player and together with all our other good players he would make a very strong squad. "So disappointed but I have to look forward and I still have many good players who are coming we would create strong team for these difficult games coming" External link

bbc Monday, November 4, 2019 5:06:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet déclaré : "Il est complètement blanchi maintenant et c'est la raison pour laquelle je l'ai choisi, je n'ai pas pu le choisir plus tôt parce qu'il n'était pas encore blanchi," External link

bbc-french-africa Friday, October 25, 2019 1:47:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet déclaré : "J'ai hâte de travailler avec eux et je crois qu'ils peuvent jouer un rôle important dans notre équipe" External link

bbc-french-africa Friday, October 25, 2019 1:47:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : "He is fully cleared now and that's the reason I have selected him, I couldn't select him earlier because he was not yet cleared," External link

bbc Thursday, October 24, 2019 3:16:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : "I am looking forward to work with them and believe they can be an important part of our team" External link

bbc Thursday, October 24, 2019 3:16:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “On the basis of the results we have achieved recently, the reference point for this group has allowed us to maintain a strong and core group of players with good blend of experience and youth,” External link

thepoint Friday, August 30, 2019 6:34:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : "I don't need to beg anyone to play for his country," External link

modernghana Friday, August 30, 2019 5:48:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : "I don't need to beg anyone to play for his country," External link

bbc Friday, August 30, 2019 1:41:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : "I'm proud to extend the deal with the Gambia, I enjoyed the last year working with the Scorpions and I believe that we have a lot of potential," External link

bbc Saturday, June 1, 2019 5:10:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet expliqué : "Nous jouerons un match important et décisif face à la sélection algérienne, c’est pour cela que j’ai décidé de programmer un stage de préparation" External link

APS Tuesday, March 12, 2019 7:41:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet confirmed : "After the match we need to gauge ourselves how far we are in our process. We have only started together this week in preparation for this match. Still a long way to go, but I believe that with the quality we have, if we make the right steps forward we will have a good performance against Estonia and more important we will start a new step in our future for next year" External link

MaltaIndipendent Wednesday, November 15, 2017 10:45:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : "Our game started after falling two goals behind," "After that, we tried to play some offensive football but we still had problems in defence in the first half. Their wings played high" External link

MaltaIndipendent Wednesday, November 15, 2017 10:45:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I always play to win, whether it is the world champions or whether it is the lowest ranked nation in the world. Yes, this is a dream come true for me,” External link

MaltaIndipendent Sunday, October 15, 2017 2:38:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet declared : “I was expecting something professional, it was not,” “At the end of December, I organised a training camp in Nicaragua, but I did not have a team manager” External link

trinidadexpress Sunday, January 22, 2017 5:24:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “At the moment, I am a satisfied coach after two and a half weeks working with the boys,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 19, 2017 11:11:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “And I think it was a very clear, good performance, not only tactically but also physically and mentally, where we proved today that we could win this match and the result will help us naturally in the near future,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 19, 2017 11:11:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said ( about Leo Beenhakker ) : “Beenhakker had three months time before he played his first qualifier. I had two weeks time to play my first qualifier and did not have the squad who I selected,” “I selected them, but for different reasons not everyone could come” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 19, 2017 9:48:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : “We have to reduce the squad to 20. It’s always sad, because I think we have a bigger group than 20 who I think deserve to be in this Caribbean Cup,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 19, 2017 9:48:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “We have two difficult games to go, Suriname and Haiti, and we can't underestimate them,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 19, 2017 9:48:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said ( about David John-Williams ) : “This contract is hopefully till Russia 2018, because it means that we are there,” “And as a coach, if you fail in your duties, the president (John-Williams) announced it already, and if we don’t get decent results against Panama and Mexico, then it could already be goodbye by then. But, I understand that” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 19, 2017 4:21:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : “There could be some tactical changes, because Kevan George is now in and Aikim Andrews also arrived from Trinidad. The aim is still to prepare the team for Suriname and Haiti and then later, Panama and Mexico, The main target is not a result but a good preparation, as we have to qualify for Gold Cup and World Cup,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 19, 2017 2:59:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : “So it's now a new start, a fresh start and we are going to use these two matches against Nicaragua to prepare our team for the Gold Cup and later on for the World Cup qualifiers,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 19, 2017 1:36:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I am surprised about the result because I expected to win today, but I am not surprised about the quality of Suriname,” “So I won't sleep tonight. I am sure I will repeat a lot of the match in my mind” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 19, 2017 12:12:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : “I am very satisfied. It’s a big opportunity for me as a new coach, not having much time to see a lot of league matches, to train the boys and you can teach them your tactics and I have seen a lot of improvement. We started about six days ago and the boys are very committed and working very hard to improve,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 19, 2017 12:12:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “After the training today, the players are released. They go to their families and can enjoy the time with their families for more than 24 hours and tomorrow (today) in the late afternoon, we will fly to Nicaragua, I think everyone will still have a little bit of Christmas feeling but the focus on football will not be far away,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 19, 2017 12:12:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet added : “If you want to be professional, you have to cope with that. In Europe, in England, in Belgium, they play on Christmas Day, they play in January 2nd and sometimes on January 1st, so I think it’s a choice we make as coaches and players. If you want to be in this business at the highest level, sometimes you have to sacrifice some things,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 19, 2017 12:12:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “From the first day of my unveiling, I did not get the support of the TTFA and its president; support which is needed to be able to do my job in a professional and successful way,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 18, 2017 9:32:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “From the first day of my unveiling, I did not get the support of the TTFA and its president, support which is needed to be able to do my job in a professional and successful way,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 18, 2017 8:08:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “In 20 years coaching I was never in my life sent away from the neutral area but I am always acting like this because I want to win,” “I have to try to influence people” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 18, 2017 7:19:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I would like to inform you all that I have decided to resign, today, Tuesday January 10 2017, as national team coach of Trinidad and Tobago,” “Given the mandate to guide the team past Panama and Mexico in the coming World Cup qualifiers of March 2017, I have come to the conclusion that I can’t be successful in this environment” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, January 12, 2017 5:32:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet wrote : "From the first day of my unveiling, I did not get the support of the TTFA and its President, support which is needed to be able to do my job in a professional way," "Perhaps I should have taken this decision right from day one of my appointment after the President openly second guessed his own choice of employing me but I gave him and the TTFA the benefit if the doubt" External link

Triniad-guardian Thursday, January 12, 2017 1:20:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said ( about Team ) : "I would like to inform you all that I have decided to resign, today Tuesday 10 January 2017 as National Team Coach of Trinidad & Tobago," External link

tv6tnt Wednesday, January 11, 2017 8:29:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said ( about Russell Latapy ) : “Russell is a football man, he knows the country and he has achieved a lot as a player on top level in Europe and on the national team. He has experience also as a coach so I am very happy to add him to the technical team just like everybody else who is there and together we will form a stronger squad,” External link

guyanachronicle Wednesday, January 4, 2017 4:00:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet pointed out : “Tyrone Charles came on and did well. He hit the cross bar with a fantastic free kick and then he had a good cross,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, December 31, 2016 12:34:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : “It could be that there be some changes in the squad and there could be some tactical changes because Kevan George is now in and Aikim Andrews also arrived from Trinidad. The aim is still to prepare the team for Suriname and Haiti and then later Panama and Mexico, The main target is not a result, but a good preparation as we have to qualify for Gold Cup and World Cup” External link

Triniad-guardian Friday, December 30, 2016 6:27:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “The reason they are invited is because they caught my eye,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, December 24, 2016 1:19:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I think we have a mixed group of young players, talented players without experience in national team, but also players who played a lot for the national team and are very experienced, who also have experience abroad,” “The atmosphere is good. The boys trained well last week and we are looking forward to preparing this team for Nicaragua, but Nicaragua is also preparation for the real matches against Suriname and Haiti (in the Caribbean Football Union Gold Cup qualifiers)” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, December 24, 2016 1:19:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “The reason they are invited is because they caught my eye,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, December 23, 2016 10:36:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I think we have a mixed group of young players, talented players without experience in national team, but also players who played a lot for the national team and are very experienced, who also have experience abroad,” “The atmosphere is good. The boys trained well last week and we are looking forward to preparing this team for Nicaragua, but Nicaragua is also preparation for the real matches against Suriname and Haiti (in the Caribbean Football Union Gold Cup qualifiers)” External link

stabroeknews Friday, December 23, 2016 10:36:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “It’s a good start. I know the players have to go still to their clubs and for me it was the first contact with the players and I am quite happy with the commitment of the players,” External link

Triniad-guardian Saturday, December 17, 2016 3:25:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet added : “In this situation I came to the country which had this year maybe not such a good year, two victories over St Vincent and the Grenadines and one against Dominican Republic, the only victories in 2016 so my first aim is to try to get a tactic to get points. Maybe it is not the most attractive tactic but playing good and losing 4-3 doesn’t bring anything at this moment. We need results immediately for sure against Suriname and Haiti so my tactical choice would result oriented based on our quality compared to the opponent,” External link

Triniad-guardian Saturday, December 17, 2016 3:25:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet pointed out : “We have 1.3 million and only eleven people will stand in the middle of the stadium and listen to the national anthem and only 22 or 23 players will be selected. I want players who feel committed to the team and the country and I feel responsible for that. We need to create a group of players who are ready to battle, to fight. I always say national team is a modern type of army in war to fight against another country and we need players who will fight for their country because we have to go to the Gold Cup and then to the World Cup. That was very important for me today and I noticed a group of players who are committed and happy to be here and that’s a good start,” External link

Triniad-guardian Saturday, December 17, 2016 3:25:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “In the last few days, I spoke to a lot of local coaches where I tried to get a lot of information about their history, their background and their philosophy,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, December 16, 2016 1:05:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “In the last few days, I spoke to a lot of local coaches where I tried to get a lot of information about their history, their background and their philosophy,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, December 16, 2016 10:17:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : “I want a lot of speed upfront and space to run into on the counter attack. But I do not want to say too much because [the technical staff of] Suriname and Haiti can read what I say,” External link

stabroeknews Thursday, December 15, 2016 10:09:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said ( about Kenwyne Jones ) : “Kenwyne is not out of the squad for good. I will follow up with how he performs [with Central FC] and how he performs with [his new MLS employers] Atlanta,” “I have not yet an answer for the [identity of the] new captain. I want to talk better to the players… We still have some doubts about availability of players [for the Gold Cup playoffs]” External link

stabroeknews Thursday, December 15, 2016 10:09:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “To me, now it is a good moment in these sessions to see the players who play in the local league and some who play abroad who are available, to analyse, to see if they fit into my thoughts on how to play and also their personalities; and in a few days' time, the squad has to reduced,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, December 15, 2016 6:46:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : “I want a lot of speed upfront and space to run into on the counter attack. But I do not want to say too much because (the technical staff of) Suriname and Haiti can read what I say,” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, December 15, 2016 5:33:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said ( about Kenwyne Jones ) : “Kenwyne is not out of the squad for good. I will follow up with how he performs (with Central FC) and how he performs with (his new MLS employers) Atlanta,” “I have not yet an answer for the (identity of the) new captain. I want to talk better to the players … We still have some doubts about availability of players (for the Gold Cup playoffs)” External link

guyanachronicle Thursday, December 15, 2016 5:33:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : "It was a short period of time for me before I had to release a squad," External link

tv6tnt Wednesday, December 14, 2016 7:57:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said ( about Association ) : “First of all I am very happy that the Football Association has been able to arrange these two friendly matches at such short notice because these will be important preparation games for us before the important Gold Cup qualifiers in January,” External link

antiguaobserver Sunday, December 11, 2016 1:32:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I hope we can have the best possible squad for the matches,” External link

antiguaobserver Sunday, December 11, 2016 1:32:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said ( about Association ) : “First of all I am very happy that the Football Association has been able to arrange these two friendly matches at such short notice because these will be important preparation games for us before the important Gold Cup qualifiers in January,” External link

Triniad-guardian Sunday, December 11, 2016 8:44:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I prefer to have local people on the staff as they will be aware of the culture and will know the players better than I do. I cannot look at all the players in such a short space of time. When they are chosen I will have a look at them and decide who is picked on the national team” External link

Triniad-guardian Saturday, December 10, 2016 5:04:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I believe it’s possible. Two games have been played. We are in fifth position and we have to be in the top three or if needed, to be in the fourth position for the playoffs but there are still eight games to go,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, December 8, 2016 1:43:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I don't think the artificial turf, which is a bit faster here than the ones in Dhaka, will be a big problem,” External link

thedailystarBD Saturday, October 8, 2016 11:00:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I do not want to make too many changes,” External link

thedailystarBD Wednesday, October 5, 2016 12:14:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet added : “I only invited them [Nipu and Saad] to see how they are. I never saw them playing, so I want to see their quality. There is always possibility to be picked,” External link

thedailystarBD Wednesday, October 5, 2016 12:14:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “Eleven players are not here. There is no national team in the world who can prepare seven or 11 days before a match without 11 players. Six players are in Bhutan, while five players are not here today at training. It is very unprofessional,” External link

thedailystarBD Wednesday, August 24, 2016 10:17:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said ( about Jamal ) : “We added two players because I was informed yesterday that Jamal Bhuiyan may not play. So I wanted to take another player in that position, I wanted Hemanta to come back to have more quality in the training and more options as well,” External link

thedailystarBD Tuesday, August 23, 2016 9:38:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I'm sure a big part of the players from last month [training] will be in the group of 23, but some players will be included when they prove to be ready. So it will be very balanced squad. Actually the majority will be from the first squad. I'm sure about that,” External link

thedailystarBD Tuesday, August 23, 2016 9:38:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said ( about Cup Qualifiers ) : “I did give an interview a few weeks ago. I think we discussed the Nigeria topic one or two weeks ago. We spoke to media about Nigeria, who can go the World Cup again” External link

thedailystarBD Wednesday, July 27, 2016 10:24:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I don't know exactly when I will sign the agreement and that is not important because I am doing the job. You could have signed a coach who doesn't have a job, but I am in a job which proves I am here to work with Bangladesh” External link

thedailystarBD Wednesday, July 27, 2016 10:24:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet explained : “I have a verbal agreement with the president which is the most important thing. I think signing papers is not important,” “If Real Madrid or Argentina call me up, I will consider, but at the moment I don't have any offer from any federation or club except for Bangladesh. I am happy to be here” External link

thedailystarBD Wednesday, July 27, 2016 10:24:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet stated ( about Clemens Westerhof ) : “I am convinced in my qualities and in myself as a coach. I can take Nigeria to Russia. I am convinced about the current crop of players. I first admired Nigeria in 1994 under Clemens Westerhof and since then I have followed the game in Nigeria. Remember, I was appointed technical director of the (Nigeria) football federation in 2012 but the minister of sports turned it back after a few weeks,” External link

ngrguardiannews Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:37:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I am mentally totally free unless Real Madrid or Barcelona call me up tomorrow. I'm also happy to be here. I was always focused on my team. When I do something I commit fully,” External link

thedailystarBD Tuesday, July 19, 2016 10:12:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “After I return from Chittagong on July 26 having watched some of the matches of the league, I hope to sign the contract on the 27th of this month,” External link

thedailystarBD Tuesday, July 19, 2016 10:12:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : “I saw exactly what you saw,” External link

dailypost Saturday, July 16, 2016 8:41:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I have to discuss things with my people -- my family, my staff -- before we decide. I saw two games and I like what I see. I believe that Bangladesh has to win against Bhutan and qualify for the final Asian Cup qualifiers. I understand that the federation must be also wise and cannot sign a two-year contract if there is no security of playing games,” External link

thedailystarBD Saturday, June 25, 2016 9:54:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said ( about Cup Qualifiers ) : “Let me clarify that I have yet to speak with anyone about the contract. I'm here today to watch some matches of the tournament [Federation Cup]. I will talk to the BFF president about football and then I might have an opportunity to come here as the national team's coach. It is too early to say anything. I am an experienced coach and I like Bangladesh football, which is why I am here. At the moment, the option is open,” External link

thedailystarBD Thursday, June 23, 2016 9:44:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said ( about Cup Qualifiers ) : “If I am appointed as head coach of Bangladesh, then I will set three goals -- two for the short-term and one for the long-term. Firstly, I want Bangladesh to qualify for the Asian Cup Qualifiers by defeating Bhutan in September and October. Then I want to produce a good result in the SAFF Championship. The third goal is to improve the standard of Bangladesh football and extend my help to age-level teams,” External link

thedailystarBD Thursday, June 23, 2016 9:44:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet wrote : "Congratulations with the deserved qualification for AFCON 2017!!! Great job! That was my ambition too in 2010 when I arrived in Zimbabwe, the quality was always there, and it seems that now the structure and organisation is also up to level to reach the expected result," External link

allafrica Tuesday, June 7, 2016 1:23:00 PM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : “I prefer not to comment on any amount or other things . . . for your information, FIFA is the court who rule about these cases,” External link

herald Friday, March 20, 2015 3:30:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet told : "Since I left Free State Stars FC, I follow the PSL on a daily basis," External link

news24 Monday, March 16, 2015 9:32:00 AM EAT

Tom Saintfiet said : "I loved working at the Bethlehem-based club and I want to return to the PSL. I know the league and the players. I still have something to prove in South Africa," External link

news24 Monday, March 16, 2015 9:32:00 AM EAT



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Tom SaintfietNL7.13%
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