Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams believes instability surrounding the team has played a crucial part in its disastrous start to the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers.

Jan Michael Williams

The twin island republic have earned just one win in its first six games and are at the bottom of the six team CONCACAF hexagonal zone.  The team’s lone win came in a 1-0 victory over Panama in March.  The national team has throughout the period, however, had three coaches in charge of the program.

The period of turmoil came about following the dismissal of longtime coach Stephen Hart who was sacked in November of last year following two opening qualifier defeats.  Next to take up the post was Belgian Tom Saintfiet, who lasted just a month in the post after seeing the team crash out of qualification for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.  Former national player Dennis Lawrence took over the post in January.

“It’s been challenging, to say the least,” Williams told

“We’ve had some good performances under the new coach, Dennis Lawrence. It’s for us now to buckle down and get some points because we really need some points to stay alive in this World Cup qualifying campaign,” he added.

The team will return to action August 24th versus Jamaica in prep for qualifiers against Honduras in Port of Spain September 1st and then Panama in Panama City.