Friday 12th May, 2006


Beenhakker unhappy with performance

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Coach says team lacked organisation, disciplineNIGEL SIMON

SOCA WARRIORS coach Leo Beenhakker expressed his disappointment with the way his team played in their 1-1 draw with Peru at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.

The match was the first for the T&T on home soil since they qualified for their first ever World Cup appearance last November 16, and came almost two-and-a-half months after a 2-0 win over Iceland in London.

Following the match the T&T coach said: “The first part was not so good, while the second part was much better.”

“In the first half I thought we lacked organisation and discipline which made us lose a lot of ball possession.

The second-half was better in that we kept the ball and looked more organised for most of the part, but overall as a team I was not satisfied with the way we played.”

The T&T coach also pointed to some loopholes in the midfield which he said needed to be corrected.

“We were creating opportunities and this is always nice when you go forward as a team, but when the opponents took possession of the ball, we had little resistance in the midfield,” explained the Dutchman.

Question about the health of injured striker Cornell Glen, Beenhakker said that its a very difficult situation.

“He had an MRI and was told that he needed three weeks so I will give him three weeks to recover.

“But at the same time I will be travelling with 24 players to England for the camp.”

The former Ajax coach pointed out that when you go to a World Cup, you do not necessarily win a match with 11 players, but with a squad of 22 or 23.

When asked to give his opinion of the Soca Warriors, Franco Enrique Navarro, coach of the Peru team said, “Our team is a young one as we look to the future, but T&T showed that they are a team worthy of going to the World Cup.”

In his brief address to the media, national midfielder Russell Latapy was playing in his last international match for T&T on home soil said he just wanted to thank the people of T&T.

“I have been very fortunate to represent T&T over the years and the people have always showed me a lot of love and appreciation, said Latapy, who was given a standing ovation from the near-capacity (21,000) crowd after coming off the field two minutes before the end of the first-half .

“Thanks for everything you all have done for me, you have inspired me and showed a lot of love

The Little Magician as he is sometimes called, Latapy began his national career at the Under-14 level and graduated through the ranks of every national team which has seen his career spanned over two decades.

Born in Laventille, East Port-of-Spain in 1968, he has played for Trintoc, Port Morant United (Jamaica), Academica Coimbra (Portugal), Boavista (Portugal), Hibernian (Scotland), Falkirk (Scotland) and two- time European Champions League winners FC Porto (Portugal), where he won two league titles and became the first T&T international to play in the UEFA champions league.

Latapy, a T&T Football of the Year award winner in 1983, 1985, 1989 and 1996 led San Fernando Technical Institute to the national “Big Seven” championship and National Intercol double in 1985. After making his international debut in 1985, he played in two of T&T’s four appearances in the Gold Cup: 1991 and 1996.





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