|WARRIORS AIM TO STRETCH UNBEATEN RUN
Trinidad and Tobago’s senior footballers will aim to stretch it’s seven-match unbeaten run when they meet Barbados in yet another friendly international at the Marvin Lee Stadium from 6pm today (Sunday).
The Francisco Maturana led unit, only back together on Friday after it’s 2-0 win over Grenada two weeks ago, will want to stamp early authority against the visitors who are preparing for a World Cup qualifier against United States next month. The last two times T&T and Barbados met, T&T laboured to a 3-2 win in the 2005 Digicel Cup with goals from Angus Eve, Cornell Glen and Conrad Smith. Only defenders Keyeno Thomas and Anton Pierre from the current squad was part of the line up back then in Barbados.
Then in the 2007 Digicel Cup, the game ended 1-1 and no players from the current squad lined up on the pitch that day. But Maturana will be hoping to see a more purposeful display today with selection for the much anticipated June 1 clash with England up for grabs. And one player who is in line for a pick then is Akeem Adams who turned 17 last month. Adams has played two internationals under Maturana and is looking to become a fixture in the line up.
Video of team session
“It’s been very challenging since I got into the senior team but it’s a also a lot of joy as well for me coming in here with the other senior guys and getting all this experience. I am using every session or every game as a stepping stone,” Adams told TTFF Media on Saturday.
“I think the training has helped me a lot. It is a lot harder but this is international football and I have to keep up. I want to try and keep my place even though I know it will be difficult. But the coach has taught me a lot and he is doing the same for the other younger players in the team. He has been like a father to me and the rest of the guys and I hope I can help him by improving my game and playing well out there,” added the W Connection player.
Maturana will also get to see Southern Connecticut State University defender Ancil Farrier who has impressed during training camps in the US and has represented T&T at the youth level.
“We will look again at the players we have right now and I want to see how well they put on the show. A football game is a show and you have get all your parts right. We have seen the players in some matches and this game will give them another chance to get their parts right,” Maturana said.
Skipper Aurtis Whitley is out because of a niggling foot injury and his place has been taken by Defence Force’s Devon Jorsling while United Petrotrin’s Romauld Aguillera comes in for Clico San Juan Jabloteh’s Lester Peltier who is unable to make it back from Puerto Rico in time for Saturday’s evening training session. Aguillera has been in the team in the past, also being part of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup squad.
Meantime Barbados are likely to feature two English-based footballers which joined their preparations last week. Madalitso Mkoloma, a six-foot tall defensive midfielder, and Kieran Crichlow, a speedy striker, who both play in the English semi-professional leagues have been in training under head coach Eyre Sealy. Mkoloma reportedly has trials with Chelsea and Queen’s Park Rangers while Crichlow is a former Chelsea youth player.
"Trinidad is an important practice game for us and we expect it to be very competitive . . . . We are trying several new players and looking at performances and gelling the squad," Sealy told reporters. “We always try to win in these games because playing against Trinidad is always a big game. We want to ensure that it serves us well in our preparations for the qualifiers against the USA.”
Before the 6pm kick off, the Eastern Football Association will also launch its new season with an encounter between WASA FC and Malabar FC from 3pm. There will also be giveaways for Mothers at the events with gift vouchers from Sacha Cosmetics as well as a food zone and other entertainment at the Macoya venue. (May 10, 2008)
1.Marvin Phillips - W.Connection
2.Glenroy Samuel – Under 20s
3.Ancil Farrier -Southern Connecticut State University
4.Kareem Smith - United Petrotrin
5.Anton Pierre - Defence Force
6.Keyeno Thomas - Joe Public
7.Makan Hislop - United Petrotrin
8.Akeem Adams – W Connection
9.Khaleem Hyland - Unattached
10.Stephan David - Caledonia AIA
11.Devon Jorsling – Defence Force
12.Atulla Guerra – CLICO Jabloteh
13. Kern Cupid – W Connection
14.Keon Daniel - United Petrotrin
15.Kevon Carter Defence Force
16.Romauld Aguillera – United Petrotrin
17.Jamal Gay – Under 20s
18.Jerrol Forbes - United Petrotrin