Trinidad and Tobago captain Kenwyne Jones will have his first session with the national team tomorrow afternoon from 4pm at the Larry Gomes Stadium following his arrival from London on Saturday evening.
Jones arrived along with fellow English-based pros Andre Boucaud and Justin Hoyte as head coach Stephen Hart conducted a light session on the Hasely Crawford Stadium training pitch on Saturday morning with eleven members of the squad that has been selected for the Caribbean Cup semi-finals which kicks off with a double header on Wednesday at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
Jones started and played for 61 minutes in Cardiff City’s 1-0 loss to Blackpool in the English Championship on Friday.
Coming in tomorrow will be Belgium-based duo Khaleem Hyland and Sheldon Bateau with Slovak-based winger Lester Peltier , Joevin Jones and US-based duo Cordell Cato and Kevan George also arriving which will see Hart have his full compliment of players for training on Monday.
Central FC goalkeeper Jan Michael Williams described the current period as vital for the national team as the 2018 Russia World Cup campaign approaches with T&T facing a possible start as early as next year.
“Today was just a light session but I expect the tempo to increase over the next couple days,” Williams told TTFA Media.
“Obviously the coach knows what he’s about and he will want to ensure that the sessions are just in line with what he wants out of the players especially as we have three matches to play in such a short space of time,” he added.
“But in terms of the mood, I know the boys are quite keen to get on the pitch and represent the country and settle a couple scores with two of the teams that have to play and then I also recall St Lucia getting the better of us in a CFU qualifier some years ago.
“These three teams are all capable of pulling out results which means we have to be precise in everything that we do on and off the field and our approach has to be spot on. We also need the 12th man support. The fans play a key role in football worldwide and it’s the same thing for us. We need to ensure our supporters are on board from now leading up to the World Cup qualifiers,” the former Hungary-based custodian stated.
T&T faces Dominican Republic from 8:15pm on Wednesday and St Lucia takes on Antigua/Barbuda from 6pm at the Ato Boldon, Tickets are priced at $100 (covered) and $60 (uncovered).