T&T senior footballers will play St Vincent and the
Grenadines instead of Nicaragua on Saturday at the Hasely
Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.
The change was announced yesterday by the T&T Football
Federation. No reason was given.
The Vincentians are on a high after last Fridays 2-1
victory over Jamaica in the Digicel Cup first phase.They
demolished St Lucia 8-1 earlier.
The team is coach by former T&T head coach Zoran Vranes
and includes T&T Pro League professionals Kendall Velox
and Wesley John.
The Vincentians lost a nailbiting match 2-1 to T&T in
the 2006 World Cup qualifier at the same venue in November
T&TFF Special Advisor Jack Warner confirmed the change
of opponent and stated that it was also acknowledged with
understanding by the Nicaraguan football authorities. St
Vincent is rated 129 in the World and 15th in Concacaf.
Nicaragua ranks 165 and 23rd in the region in the official
Fifa/Coca-Cola World Ranking for September.
Next Wednesdays encounter against Panama remains as
scheduled. Both matches start at 6.30.
T&T had its first training session yesterday at the
Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar. The match will be the first
for Wim Rijsbergen at home since taking charge of the Soca
Speaking following the session from the Crowne Plaza Hotel,
Port-of-Spain where the team is camped, Rijsbergen intimated
that the mood is relaxed
Starworld Strikers custodian Marvin Phillps joins Jan Michael
Williams as the teams goalkeepers, as Clayton Ince
is not available due to injury.
Inces Walsall teammate Hector Sam is also injured
and it has been indicated that he will not be made available
for national duty. CL Financial San Juan Jablotehs
Trent Noel takes his place in the squad.
Swansea City defender Dennis Lawrence and Dundee Uniteds
Colin Samuel joined the team yesterday, while T&T captain
Dwight Yorke was expected to arrive from Sunderland last
had all the players here, Rijsbergen said Of
course it is just the first session and some of these guys
had a long flight over, so many had to get used to the weather
was nice to see them together again and it should be a good
atmosphere to work in.
course, its nice for the people to see some of these
guys after such a long time and we, in the team, are looking
for a nice mixture for the two matches and for the future.
are still in the process of scouting with the Under-23s,
Under-20s and Under-17s and hopefully, after
these two matches, we will go to the United States to continue
this is with World Cup 2010 in mind and hopefully we will
be good enough to qualify. But in-between there are a lot
of things going on.
Meanwhile, the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, is ready
for play, it was revealed yesterday. Manager Wilfred Stevens
said that the stage used for Carifesta has been removed,
and there was no damage to the surface.
Stevens said that the team had booked the venue for todays
training session scheduled for 5pm.