Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 8th 2015 Contents Jamaica s Under-20 team and Cuba
battled to a 1-1 draw in their inter-
national friendly at the Anthony
Spaulding Sports Complex on Mon-
Head coach Theodore Whitmore
rested several players, including US-
based Michael Seaton, Cordel Benbow
and the sprightly Martin Davis in a
game where they fell behind to a 53rd-
minute strike from Frank Lopez.
The skilful Cuban shrugged off
Shaquille Lewis and fired home from
just inside the box to end the half with
his team in front.
Earlier in the 32nd minute, Cuba's
Issan Lartiga crashed a shot onto the
crossbar with Jamaica's goalkeeper
scrambling to get back in goal.
But once Whitmore introduced
Seaton, Davis and Benbow after the
hour-mark, the advantage swung in
favour of the Jamaicans and it was no
surprise when they pulled level.
Seaton latched into a through ball
and rifled home a powerful shot in the
Captain Junior Flemmings, who
played in midfield, collected a delightful
pass from Davis, but fired inches wide
of the upright in one of Jamaica's
Jamaica were now bossing posses-
sion as they searched for the winner,
but had to settle for a draw.
Coach Whitmore was not pleased
with his team's statuts on the eve of
the World Cup qualifying tournament.
"I think in the last part of the game
when we started making some sub-
stitutions it injected more life in the
team. But basically, I didn't like the
performance," said Whitmore.
"We didn't manage the game and
just played to how Cuba wanted us to
play. We didn't play with any zest,"
Jamaica will open the championship
against Caribbean neighbours and
reigning Caribbean Football Union
Under-20 champions, T&T on Friday
at 8 pm inside the National Stadium,
the third game of the day's triple-
header. (Jamaica Observer)
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T&T Tennis player
Dexter St Louis was
named the senior
men's player of the year
by the Table Tennis
Association after he
secured a bronze for
T&T at the Central
Games in Mexico.
"It s shocking
because I didn t have
such a good year this
year. but I was still
able to achieve one or
two of my goals."
T&T Table Tennis
JOSEPH speaking to
the media after her
award at the Central
Indoor Regional Sports
Arena at Saith Park in
Chaguanas on Satur-
BARCELONA---The once almighty
Barcelona is heading toward meltdown.
One week after the Spanish team's
appeal against a Fifa-imposed transfer
ban was rejected and two days after its
sports director was fired, Barcelona
president Josep Bartomeu called for
early elections to "relieve tension" at the
increasingly troubled club.
Folding to immense internal pressure,
Bartomeu said yesterday he and his
board would run for re-election at the
end of the season instead of seeing out
their mandate until 2016.
He pointed to the transfer ban for
violating rules regarding youth players as
the club's major issue.
While many neutral soccer fans have
enjoyed watching Lionel Messi and his
teammates win again and again over the
years, there are plenty in Barcelona
increasingly anxious to return to the days
when Pep Guardiola led the team to 14 of
a possible 19 titles in a four-year span.
Barcelona in meltdown after transfer ban opens club crisis
Whatmore worried ahead
of T&T U-20 clash
Theodore Whitmore ...Jamaica's men's
Under-20 football team coach.
The National Stadium is
ready to play host to the Con-
federation of North, Central
American and Caribbean
Association Football (Conca-
caf) Under-20 Championship
set to start on Friday, January
9. The cities of Kingston and
Montego Bay have been select-
ed as host venues for the 12-
team championship that will
run simultaneously until Jan-
uary 16 when all the games
will be played at the Montego
Bay Sports Complex.
However, Concacaf was not
happy with the state of readi-
ness with the National Stadium
in Kingston when a team
inspected the venue recently.
There were fears that the
poor lights at the National Sta-
dium, dubbed "The Office",
was a bit of a concern for the
regional organisers and Jamaica
Football Federal boss Capt
Horace Burrell, who became
But Major Desmon Brown,
general manager of Independ-
ence Park, the operators of the
National Stadium, told the
Jamaica Observer that the issue
has been sorted out.
"The game is going on," said
Major Brown five days before
the tournament kicks off in
"What you see there is addi-
tional work we (are) doing. We
have managed to meet the
requirements, but I am still not
satisfied with the level in the
middle," said Brown, pointing
to the top of the roof as work-
men put final touches on the
"So we are doing some stuff
to improve that. We couldn't
do it last week because every-
where was closed down, so we
got some extra bulbs today and
we are trying to improve that,"
Jamaica has been drawn in
Group A of the tournament
along with T&T (T&T), Aruba,
Panama, the United States and
Guatemala. Group B comprises
Haiti, Canada, Mexico, Cuba,
Honduras and El Salvador.
The Concacaf Under-20
Championship qualifies four
teams to the FIFA Under-20
World Cup in New Zealand
from May 30 to June 20.
The National Stadium will
play host to three games per
day starting January 9 when
Aruba take on Panama at 3
pm, before USA play
Guatemala at 5 pm and
Jamaica clash with T&T at 8
That brings into focus the
readiness of the pitch itself,
which Brown said will be ready
and will cope with the hectic
"It's good. We have few little
spots, nothing is perfect, but
I think it is in very good con-
dition," said Major Brown.
Meanwhile, with the water
sprinklers at full blast, workers
could also be seen putting final
touches on five new portable
dugouts for the technical area.
These dugouts are made of
fibreglass and aluminium and
will offer a protection to both
team benches and the fourth
official just in front of the
Amid readiness fears, Brown declares 'Office' open for business
T&T Under-20 players go through their paces during a recent training exercise at the Hasely
Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, in preparation for the Concacaf Under-20 Championships in
Kingston, Jamaica, from January 9-24. PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
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