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Published:Thursday | January 12, 2017 | 1:00 AM

Saintfiet quits T&T

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):

Trinidad and Tobago's football was thrown into chaos yesterday when men's head coach Tom Saintfiet dramatically quit the post after just five weeks and four games in charge, citing a lack of support from the country's football association.

In a statement dated January 10, the 43-year-old Belgian said his appointment had been "second-guessed" from the first day by FA president David John-Williams and with critical 2018 World Cup qualifiers beckoning in March, did not believe he could succeed "in this environment".

Saintfiet's sudden departure leaves the FA scrambling for a third head coach in two months following the sacking of Stephen Hart last November.

Southampton edge Liverpool

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP):

Liverpool endured more cup frustration when Southampton won the first leg of their League Cup semi-final 1-0 yesterday.

Nathan Redmond capitalised on a mistake by Ragnar Klavan to score the only goal in the 20th minute and Southampton could rue not building a stronger lead to take to Anfield in two weeks' time.

Makelele reunites with Clement

SWANSEA, Wales (AP):

Swansea have added former France defensive midfielder Claude Makelele to the struggling Premier League club's coaching staff.

Makelele worked with recently appointed Swansea manager Paul Clement as player at Chelsea and a coach at Paris Saint-Germain.

Swansea are next-to-last in the Premier League standings, one point from safety heading into Saturday's game against Arsenal.

Makelele's only experience as a head coach at French club Bastia lasted less than six months before being fired after winning only two games.

As technical director at Monaco, Makelele also lasted only six months before leaving the job in June.