National Senior Team head coach Otto Pfister switched his training venue to the shores of Las Cueves on Wednesday morning as he continues his preparations of the Senior Team ahead of the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.
Pfister has been conducting sessions three days per week at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, but opted for a change in environment and conditions, overseeing afitness session at the beach on a sunny but quiet morning with the session commencing at 9am and lasting for just around an hour.
Pfister is no stranger to training in a hot climate but says that the beach conditions in T&T is a prime resource that athletes here should take advantage of. "It is a new region for me. Football is an international game. Each region has its own peculiarities and personalities, and its conditions. At the end of the day it is the same game in Egypt, Cameroon or Togo as it is inTrinidad and Tobago. It's the same family, the same ball and the principles are the same," Pfister said recently.
While the current squad in training comprises strictly of home-based players, T&T's quota of European-based players are nearing their end of seasons and will be return to Trinidad within the next few weeks. It is expected that those who are in Pfister's overall pool will be invited to join the sessions during that time frame.
Pfister has stated clearly that he will consider only his best available players based both at home and abroad for upcoming international matches including a friendly during the August FIFA international window. He will depart for the United States next month to witness some of the matches at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Prior to that he will visit Tobago to take in some of the action at a game arranged involving some of the better players on the island. (May 18,2011)