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Clearly, this must be the target for the warriors,
and the approach should not be based upon the
assumption that we have won two matches and
qualified for the Gold Cup.
Victory is essential, but consistency in the level
of performance is what brings ultimate success.
Judging from the body language of Coach Stephen
Hart, I could sense that he is extremely pleased
with his attacking power. Seven goals in two match-
es tells its own story and even Cuba will be trying
to blunt our lethal attacking talent in Kevin Molino,
Lester Peltier and Kenwyne Jones.
And while the Cubans will be giving study to
our strengths, they are also recognising that con-
ceding four goals in 180 minutes must be of great
concern to the coaching staff.
Fortunately, the individual quality of our players
in recent times, has allowed our coach to make
changes from game to game and still retain the
final result in our favour.
Our midfield capability of Khaleem Hyland,
Ataulla Guerra, Hughtun Hector, Andre Boucaud,
and Justin Hoyte can withstand any opponents in
the group. They have demonstrated that ball pos-
session in that portion of the field is earned by
their ability to win the ball quickly and also provide
the services for MVP Molino to complete the dam-
age by his exquisite form and consistency.
Nevertheless, even Hart will be the first to admit
that his defense appears suspiciously vulnerable,
not because of their individual ability to defend,
but to under the communication pattern which is
needed to reduce passing lanes and crossed balls
for their opponents.
I was really happy with the performances of the
back four selectees in the preliminary round in
Trinidad some four weeks ago where Mitchell and
bateau were very cohesive in the centre and Hyland s
responsibility to be the first challenger for the ball
was well illustrated.
Unfortunately the presence of Daneil Cyrus (who,
incidentally, is superbly competent) and Radanfah
Abu Bakr, both capable of being strong in their
aerial play, appear to be short on the business of
working in tandem and find themselves either wait-
ing in defense to see what would come their way,
rather than one attacking the high balls while the
other waits in support of protecting his penalty
Hyland may well be asked to return to that deep
lying midfield and leave the attacking midfielders
to increase their services to the speed and skill of
Molino and Peltier.
Unlike the previous matches, we must not allow
any lead to cause our players to be nonchalant.
We must develop the attitude of the NBA bas-
ketballers, and that is to play hard to the very last
second of the match.
Cuba is a very organized team, maybe not
with the natural talent of our players, but we
must dominate by our tactical defensive skills
and not underestimate the desire of the
Cubans to win this game.
Finally, our players seem to have developed
some silly habits during matches all of which
can produce yellow or red cards. Retaliation
following a tough tackle must be stopped,
challenging the referee s decision must not
continue, and defenders must be careful when
making tackles in and around our own penalty
This game is for the warriors and I wish
Warriors on verge of three straight victories
The Central Football Association will conduct a
screen session of Under-14 boys and U-13 girls
players living in Central Trinidad at two venues
tomorrow. The exercises are to select 20 players
in each division for the TTFA s inter-zone compe-
tition and ultimately for national team selection.
The sessions will both begin at 9 am at the Hugo
Francis Recreation Ground, Woodford Lodge,
Chaguanas, for the Boys (U-14) and at the Edin-
burgh 500 Recreation ground, Chaguanas for the
As per norm, all players are required to attend
with a red and a white t-shirt, as well as a copy
of their birth certificate.
Central youth football
I was really happy with the
performances of the back four selectees
in the preliminary round in Trinidad
some four weeks ago where Mitchell
and bateau were very cohesive in the
centre and Hyland's responsibility to be
the first challenger for the ball was well
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