Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 7th 2014 Contents NIGEL SIMON
T&T Soca Warriors coach Stephen
Hart says he is very happy with his
23-man squad selection for the 18th
Caribbean Football Union Cup Finals
which comes off in Montego Bay,
Jamaica from November 11 to 18.
In Jamaica, T&T, record eight-time
winners will compete in Group A of the
eight-team tournament against Curacao,
its first opponent on Tuesday, French
Guiana (November 15) and defending
champions Cuba, two days later.
Pool B comprises three former win-
ners in Haiti (2007), Jamaica (1991, 1998,
2005, 2008, 2010) and Martinique (1993)
alongside former top ranked CFU team,
Antigua & Barbuda.
For the final stage of the competition,
Hart made a few changes to the squad
drafting five players who were not
involved in the semifinal round which
T&T topped on home soil.
This after beating Dominican Republic
(6-1), St Lucia (2-0) and Antigua &
Barbuda (1-0) to end with maximum
nine points at the Ato Boldon Stadium,
Couva last month.
However, despite advancing without
hiccups, Hart stated that he intended
to tweak his roster a bit, in order to get
the right balance to deal with the rigours
of potentially playing four matches in
eight days which he described as being
And coming into the squad
announced on Tuesday by the former
Canada coach are un-capped Iceland-
based former St Anthony s College strik-
er Jonathan Glenn, Finnish-based trio
Aubrey David, Jamal Gay and Shahdon
Winchester as well as Lithuania-based
defender Radanfah Abu Bakr and Japs
North East Stars goalkeeper, Adrian
The players failing to retain their
places were Belgium-based defender
Sheldon Bateau, striker Trevin Ceasar
and defender Alvin Jones.
And speaking prior to a training ses-
sion at the Hasely Crawford Stadium,
Mucurapo on Wednesday, Hart admitted
to being more comfortable with the
composition of the team. "This group
gives me much more options to work
with tactically, because in the previous
round of matches I did not like the way
we played when the opposition "parked
the bus against us".
With regards to the call-up of the
speedy Glen, Hart noted that he has
been aware of the player for a while,
and has watched his progressed from
playing in midfield to his new strike
Regarding the changes in the start of
the tournament, the T&T coach said it
was both bizarre and fortunate for most
teams at the same time.
"It s bizarre because the change was
made with the tournament just around
the corner, but at the same time with
our team and others having problems
with flights into Jamaica, it allows us
a little extra time to prepare."
Looking ahead to the competition,
Hart said while everyone would like the
team to win the tournament, his main
objective as coach is to qualify for the
Concacaf Gold Cup.
"Our group will not be easy, and we
cannot worry about who we face includ-
ing the defending champions Cuba, we
just have to go out and focus on each
match and do what is required to get
the job done."
The T&T coach was also very critical
of the scheduling of the matches, saying
four matches to be played by a team
getting to the last day of the tournament
is very unrealistic and somewhat crazy.
He added, "Just like in the previous
round, some of the players clubs have
already written to us requesting that
their players only play two matches over
that time frame as stated in FIFA guide-
lines as the clubs are fuming with the
"So once again I will have to rotate
the squad wisely as the health of the
players is my most important concern,
but I am not too concerned as I believe
we are capable of producing the results."
Overall, Hart, who will be involved
in his first Caribbean Cup finals and
the task of adding to T&T s previous
triumphs in 1989, 1992, 1994, 1995,
1996, 1997, 1999 and 2001, the first in
13 years said he expects the tournament
to be of high quality.
"From what I have heard, Curacao,
Martinique, Jamaica and Antigua &
Barbuda will all be boosted by additional
overseas-based players which some add
quality to their teams, making the
matches even better," said Hart.
"But for me, I will just take it one
match at a time as I always consider
the opening match for any team, for us
in this case Curacao to be the most
At the end of each round-robin group
in Jamaica, the top teams will contest
the final, while the second placed teams
will meet for third spot.
All four teams competing on the final
day will also qualify for next year s Con-
cacaf Gold Cup while there is also the
added incentive that the CFU cham-
pions will compete at the 2016 Copa
America, against the best of South
The best third place team from CFU
(according to group stage results) will
also have a chance to qualify for the
Concacaf Gold Cup via a qualification
play-off, against Honduras, the 2014
Copa Centroamericana fifth-placed
The last time T&T captured the
record eighth regional title was in May
2001 on home via 3-0 win over Haiti
at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucu-
rapo with goals from Dale Saunders,
Brent Rahim and Arnold Dwarika.
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CASTRIES, St Lucia---Kavem Hodge
and Johnson Charles scored contrasting
centuries as Dominica and Grenada shared
title honours in the 2014 Windward Islands
Cricket series which ended on Wednesday.
Dominica started the day on 79 for two
chasing 242 for first innings lead and
eventually declared on 330 for six at the
Beausejour Cricket Ground.
Their number three batsman Kevem
Hodge occupied the crease until the target
was achieved with a responsible 162 off
236 balls in 281 minutes with 14 fours and
After Dominica's tea time declaration St.
Lucia batted aggressively to the close
reaching 174 for one, powered by Johnson
Charles who smashed 15 fours and one six
for his undefeated 104.
Dennis Louis was also unbeaten 40
while Tarryck Gabriel contributed 20.
Over at the Mindoo Philip Park Grenada
picked up a narrow three run lead over
St.Vincent and the Grenadines.
Batting first Grenada made 252 with the
prolific Devon Smith hitting a fluent 58 and
Heron Campbell 26. Left arm spinner
Alston Bobb returned figures of five for 43
and Keron Cottoy four for 41.
In reply the Vincentians struggled to 149
after slipping from a favourable 60 for one.
Grenada and Dominica share title, centuries for Charles, Hodge
Hart happy with squad
WORKING THE KEEPER: Soca Warriors goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams (#21)
tries to cut off a pass from Jonathan Glen (#30) to Carlyle Mitchell (#19) while
team-mates Kenwyne Jones (back-to-camera), Hughton Hector (#7), Yohance
Marshall (partly hidden) and Aubrey David (#27) watch on during a practice
session at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo on Wednesday.
PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
Peltier scored a late
winner to see San
Juan Jabloteh defeat
North East Stars 1-0
and move to the top
of the Pro League
standings, on Tuesday.
what is at stake and
are embracing the
T&T senior women's
team head coach
speaking ahead of
Saturday's first leg
Women's World Cup
(Ext: 2213, 2711,
The Caribbean Football Union via
its website posted a statement
explaining the delay by 24 hours the
start of the 18th CFU Cup in
Montego Bay, Jamaica from
Tuesday which read: Following the
request of at least three
participating member associations
and the support of several other
participating member associations,
the CFU Executive Committee has
been considering the delay of the
Final Round of the CFU Caribbean
Cup by one day.
The CFU President and Executive
Committee decided to change the
dates of the CFU Caribbean. The
new dates are November 11-18,
This change of date will therefore
mean that Group A of the
tournament consisting of Cuba,
Curacao, French Guiana and T&T will
commence match play on
November 11, with the second and
third match days being played on
November 13 and 15, respectively.
The teams teams in Group A are
therefore required to depart on
Additionally, Group B consisting of
Antigua & Barbuda, Haiti, Jamaica
and Martinique will commence play
on November 12, with the second
and third match days being played
on November 14 and 16 respectively.
The teams in Group B are
therefore required to depart on
November 17 while the
Championship and Third place
playoff will now be played on
November 18. The match venue and
match times remain unchanged as
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