Monday 22nd September, 2008

 

Latapy appointed Soca Warriors player/coach

 
 
 
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Russell Latapy, right, and his good friend Dwight Yorke will be paired again for T&T.

Russell “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.

Coventry’s midfielder Chris Birchall and Swansea’s 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.

“We 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.

“The two matches against Guatemala and USA are of utmost importance at this stage and we believe that Latapy’s 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.

“I 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.

“I was delighted to get the call to come back and serve T&T,” Latapy said yesterday.

“I’ve 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.

“I 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.

“Again, 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 I’m looking towards us working together to achieve the success that I believe we are capable of.”

 

 

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