Former FIFA Vice-President, Jack Warner, is a happy man.
He has temporarily forgotten his problem where the United States wants to extradite him to New York to face charges.
He is certainly pleased with Trinidad and Tobago’s 2-1 victory over the United States in a World Cup qualifying match on Tuesday at the Ato Boldon Stadium. That victory sent the US out of Russia 2018, and out of the World Cup Finals for the first time in 30 years.
Warner said Tuesday night’s win was sweet revenge, in reference to Trinidad and Tobago’s loss to US in 1989, crushing local hopes of qualifying for World Cup 1990 in Italy.
He added, “I have not been in better spirits. This is the happiest day of my life. It couldn’t have given me great joy”.
The former Government Minister said that the US had reduced football in CONCACAF to a nightmare.
He added, “They have used their Government to help to dismember FIFA in a way that is unimaginable. And last night on the field of play Trinidad and Tobago reduced them to their knees.”
Warner said that the US team was feeling the pressure to qualify for World Cup 2018 in Russia.
He continued, “They will continue to undermine the World Cup in Qatar for 2022, but they will not succeed. As far as I am concerned this is the beginning of the end for US football. Nobody in CONCACAF likes the US.
He said other teams within the CONCACAF sought to help one another but the US team sought to embarrass them.
Warner said however that for there to be more football success team coach, Dennis Lawrence, should rely more and more on local players since the time has come where they can no longer depend on overseas players.
He added, “They have the commitment and know how to push us forward.”
He added that the team should focus now on building their game towards World Cup 2022 in Qatar.
Warner also said that the win for him was personal payback.
Why? He added, “And for me personally, it has reduced the US to a laughing stock. Last September 27, when the judge ruled against Jack Warner there was a party in the US, they were quite happy.
“”Knowing that this has happened, I wanted to go out and party as they partied last September when a judge ruled against me. I wanted to party. This was my personal feeling”.
Warner lost his judicial review case in the High Court. He has appealed that decision.