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Former T&T and Manchester Unit-
ed stand-out Dwight Yorke is con-
vinced that next year s British Airways
Tobago Football Legends Challenge
at his namesake Dwight Yorke Stadi-
um in Tobago will lift this country s
Speaking at yesterday s launch of the
event held at the Hyatt Regency
Trinidad, Port-of-Spain Yorke described
football as a global sport that attracts
different types of people and a game
with the potential to boost the twin-
island s image.
Yorke serves as global brand ambas-
sador for the Department of Tourism
and Transportation, which is a co-
sponsor of the event.
With the Football Challenge now
confirmed to take place in the sister
isle, from June 15-22, it promises to see
some of the world s most revered ath-
letes return to the pitch in a shortened
format. Luis Saha, who was present at
the launch, will be included in one of
eight teams and 64 former players com-
peting at the week-long event.
Yorke expressed delight in having
the opportunity to welcome Saha,
another former Manchester United for-
ward, to local shores for the launch,
along with George Berry and Colin Hill
from the Professional Footballer s Asso-
ciation (PFA) in the United Kingdom.
Citing the tremendous excitement
an event of this magnitude would gen-
erate the organisers have stressed the
importance of hosting outreach projects
in the community.
Officials at the Department of
Tourism and Transportation have
already estimated that between the
spend of visitors to the island and media
rights the tournament could earn as
much as $37 million.
UK-based Sky Television will produce
a 90-minute special, aimed at posi-
tioning Tobago as a trusted destination
for well-known celebrities.
"I think people will be pleasantly
surprised not just to see the stars, but
to see the impact that it will bring into
our country and hopefully everyone
would benefit from it. Football took---
since 2006---a turn for the worst in
many respects in my opinion. It s just
nice to see T&T back on the map doing
the things that we did best, which is
compete on a regular basis in the
Caribbean Cup," Yorke said.
"And, of course, in the World Cup
qualifications it s looking much more
like the T&T team. I keep one eye on
that and continue voice success. Hope-
fully, that will be the case. But, there
is still a lot of hard work still to be
done. The progress looks slow, but it s
going in the right direction. I am com-
pleting my A-badges. I am one level
away from being a complete coach,
which is the professional level, which
is what you need to meet the require-
ment. So, yes, that is a slow process.
It takes a couple of years before I com-
plete it, but by the time it would be
finished that s when I would be com-
mitted to that side of my ideas on foot-
Asked if he would offer his services
to the senior national team, Yorke said
he would not dismiss such a possibil-
ity.He declared that football had been
very kind to him, not just giving him
an opportunity to fulfil his dreams, but
to meet many interesting people.
Between his experiences abroad and
having so many years in the game,
Yorke now considers it absolutely para-
mount to give back to T&T football.
When that time comes around, he
said, then, he would know it, but for
now he was focusing on being a true
brand ambassador for T&T, while con-
tinuing to try and implement his knowl-
edge to continue his personal develop.
Yorke said, "Football is always going
to be part of me. I have always been
part of it and I look forward to that
day when it comes for me to give back
to give back to my country, from maybe
a coaching point of view."
SAO PAULO---A Brazilian player is
facing a six-game suspension for
pulling his own jersey inside the
Brazil's sports tribunal said on
Thursday it charged former Brazil
striker Leandro Damiao for attempting
to lead the referee into awarding his
team a penalty kick.
Television images showed Damiao
holding his jersey backward while he
made a run inside the area in Santos'
3-0 loss at Criciuma in the Brazilian
league on Sunday.
When asked about the play, Damiao
denied he was looking for a penalty
call, saying his jersey got stuck to his
skin and he was trying to get it loose.
Damiao was picked for Brazil's
squad in the 2013 Confederations Cup
but didn't play because of a muscle
He played for Brazil in the 2012
Player faces suspension for pulling own jersey
Saha among 64 former
players for Tobago Legends
Colin Hill, left, commercial director, UK-based Professional Footballer's Association (PFA) with Dwight Yorke, former T&T footballer captain and retired Manchester
United star, Huey Cadette, Secretary for Sport, Tobago House of Assembly, former Manchester United and former French professional footballer Luis Saha and
George Berry, commercial director, PFA at yesterday's launch of the British Airways Tobago Football Legends Challenge held at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad on Dock
Road, yesterday. PHOTO: SEAN NERO
T&T senior women s
team goalkeeper Kimika
Forbes made a number
of key saves during
T&T s 1-0 loss to USA
in the opening round of
the Concacaf Women s
"Credit to Trinidad.
We don t see teams
that often that sit as
USA women s team
coach Jill Ellis gives T&T
credit after her team s 1-
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