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Yorke not interested in 2010 World Cup

He’s glad to be back in Australia, he won’t mind playing in national colours for maybe another year, but Dwight Yorke laughed off the thought of playing in the 2010 World Cup with the “Soca Warriors”.

He was speaking in Sydney recently as he focused on getting himself ready again for Sydney FC which opens its campaign against Central Coast Mariners on August 27.

“No way, I’ll be almost 40 then (2010 World Cup),” he said in response to questions about another World Cup for T&T.

“At this stage of my career I am only looking one year at a time and for this year my focus is with Sydney FC.

“One year is a long time in football so you never know what I’ll be doing (after the 2006/07 season) but for now I am looking forward to retaining the A-League title.”

There has been ongoing speculation over his club future, and though he didn’t completely say that he will not consider a move out of Sydney, Yorke did say that he was anticipating the upcoming season in Australia.

“It’s good to be back in Sydney,” Yorke said. “I need to work hard in the next few weeks to be ready for the start of the A-League and at the moment that is my goal. Yorke has made himself available for T&T’s friendly international against Japan in Tokyo on August 9.

Also getting ready for an upcoming season, this time in England, was Stern John, who notched a goal off the bench in a 2-1 win over Notts County last weekend.

There is a rumour too that national midfielder Chris Birchall could join John at Coventry for the upcoming season.

Falkirk can’t stop enjoying Latas

Falkirk head coach John Hughes and captain John Ross just can’t seem to stop talking about Russell Latapy since his return to the club from the 2006 World Cup campaign in Germany.

Latapy, made the preseason trip with the club to Holland and started the season with a bang last weekend when he netted a 23rd minute equaliser and also set up a second goal to push Falkirk off to a winning start.

And his efforts so far have left Ross a delighted skipper.

“Russell has been brilliant in pre-season. The training at the World Cup has done him the world of good and, if he plays like that, he is a massive player for us,” Ross said.

“We weren’t sure what his plans were, because he keeps himself to himself. But we were delighted he returned and he also has an input on the coaching side of things now, which is fantastic for us.”

Hughes, a former teammate of Latapy at Hibernian, is equally impressed with “Latas,” adding that his involvement has made a difference to the team’s passing game.

And while the former T&T captain celebrated his 38th birthday yesterday, he has spoken of his intentions to turn to coaching, it seems Hughes just can’t get enough of him as a player.

“He was out on his feet at the end and I should have taken him off, but I just love watching him play,” Hughes added after the 2-1 win.

Rahim goes back to the books

Midfielder Brent Rahim has returned to the University of Connecticut in America to complete his degree in sports psychology.

Rahim, formerly of West Ham United and Falkirk, had cut short his studies back in 2000 in order to play for the national team and on the professional circuit but recently had a change of mind and has decided to take a break from professional football.

Having been on the list of reserves for T&T’s 2006 World Cup squad, Rahim did add that he will be involved in some coaching aspects with the UCONN team for their upcoming college season.

“It’s a decision I took recently because I felt it would be right to complete the degree and then put the boots back on again. I gave it up in 2000 to concentrate on football and I felt the time was right now to go back to the classroom. But I haven’t totally given up on the game,” Rahim added.

Dunfermline, keen on Marvin

Dunfermline boss Jim Leishman has admitted he is keen to bring Marvin Andrews to East End Park—but only if the price is right.

The towering T&T stopper was told at the weekend by new Glasgow Rangers boss Paul Le Guen he can leave Ibrox.

And Leishman told the Daily Record: “Marvin is the type of player we would definitely consider but only if he’s within our budget.” Andrews has endured a miserable summer after being forced to pull out of the Caribbean country’s World Cup adventure because of his persistent knee problem.

But while the defender has refused treatment on his cruciate injury, casting doubts over his long-term future, his battling qualities are already well known to the Pars manager, who signed him for Livingston from Raith Rovers.

No offers for Kenwyne Jones

National striker Kenwyne Jones is getting ready to contest for one of the starting spots up front for Southampton and at the same time manager George Burley said that no offers were made for the former St Anthony’s College striker.

Burley was referring to speculation over an offer from Barnsley for Jones.

Jones though is aware that he faces stiff competition for a starting spot with Bradley Wright-Phillips, Ricardo Fuller, Grzegorz Rasiak, Dexter Blackstock, Leon Best and David McGoldrick all vying for places.

Jones, however, is coming off a World Cup appearance against England and that is always going to be a boost to him and those around him will be well aware of his value since Germany. He remains committed to the task.

“It’s always going to be challenging but once I put in the hard work and I believe strongly then hopefully things will go in my favour. I’m looking forward to a good season,” Jones said recently.

Warner to fund Moruga league

Jack Warner, right, presenting the winning cash for the Moruga Boat Race to Clifton De Coteau (centre), chairman of the PTRC Infrastructure Committee with Chairman of the PTRC Kemchand Ramdat at left. This took place on Tuesday at the Moruga Beach.

Two young footballers from Moruga will be afforded the opportunity to earn professional contracts with Joe Public Football Club when a new league will kick-off in the community.

The league will help develop the footballing talents within the community.

This was announced by Fifa Vice President Jack Warner when he visited the community following an invitation extended to him by the Princes Town Regional Corporation (PTRC) which hosted celebrations to commemorate the arrival of Christopher Columbus on the Moruga beach (in 1492) on Tuesday.

The PTRC in collaboration with the Moruga 500 committee along with hosting the re-enactment of Columbus’ coming and Emancipation celebrations, also organised a boat race in which the top three winners took away cash prize totaling $6,000 courtesy of Warner.

But aside from Warner being the chief guest at Tuesday’s events, he also told Clifton De Coteau, the PTRC chairman of infrastructure committee, that it was his intentions to fund a league and to upgrade the football grounds in the area.

“This area might seem far too many but it’s never to far to unearth new talent and it must start with better opportunities for those living in places like these,” Warner said.

“You must start with better facilities, better coaching and better leagues and I will contribute in that way once the people of the area can organise a programme. I will try to make better opportunities for them because there are a lot of persons in areas like these who must not be forgotten or left behind,” Warner said.

“I can assure you that once the authorities fix the Yolande Pompey Park, I shall sponsor a League in the community,” Warner announced.

Warner, the president of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) also extended the invitation for two players from the area who might be attached either to one of the existing clubs or schools to attend a training stint at Joe Public.

De Coteau said: “We want to create better opportunities for the people and Mr Warner has come forward to help us in our causes. We look forward to improving the conditions in the area and we will work together with him towards positive developments in these areas,” De Coteau added.






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