Latapy, right, and his good friend Dwight Yorke will be
paired again for T&T.
The Little Magician Latapy will join the T&T
Soca Warriors as player/coach for the two upcoming World
Cup matches against Guatemala (away) and the United States
(home) in October.
T&T Football Federation (TTFF) confirmed yesterday the
appointment of Latapy as player/coach of the T&T senior
team in the first instance for the two important matches.
Latapy, a former national captain, will serve as understudy
to Head Coach, Colombian Francisco Maturana.
The 40-year-old player from Falkirk is carded to join the
squad in the build up to the matches in Guatemala City on
October 11 and Hasely Crawford Stadium on October 15.
He accepted the offer to return to the T&T team following
initial talks with the TTFF earlier this month.
In addition to Latapy, also back for the two matches will
be Sunderland player Dwight Yorke, who skippered the team
against Guatemala at home but did not play in the game against
the United States because he was called back to his English
premiership club by coach Roy Keane.
Coventrys midfielder Chris Birchall and Swanseas
defender Dennis Lawrence have also been confirmed as members
of the squad for the upcoming matches.
TTFF also revealed yesterday that the Soca Warriors will
play a friendly international early next month.
are pleased to have Latapy on board with us for the next
two qualifying matches in the first instance, TTFF
Special Advisor Jack Warner said.
two matches against Guatemala and USA are of utmost importance
at this stage and we believe that Latapys role is
an asset to the team and the Federation. We wish to
welcome him and look forward to his involvement in our efforts
to achieve the desired progress in our football.
According to Warner, the full squad, as selected and confirmed
by the coaching staff, will be revealed this week.
can assure you that we will give all attempts to ensure
we have the best possible chance of achieving the results
to continue our progress in the qualification for South
Africa, Warner added.
Latapy also expressed his feelings on the call-up.
was delighted to get the call to come back and serve T&T,
Latapy said yesterday.
always said that I would do whatever might be necessary
to help our football and being given the opportunity to
come back and give the support is one I would not turn down.
will continue to give my support and the new role that has
been offered to me. I am looking forward to working with
everybody involved in the team and the football on a whole
and hopefully we can achieve our desired goal.
I want to thank the Association for presenting this opportunity
to me, and, like I said before, I would never turn down
the chance to come and help the people
to help the
country through football and Im looking towards us
working together to achieve the success that I believe we
are capable of.