Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 26th 2015 Contents KEVON FELMINE
Instead of supporting their col-
leagues in a Motion of No Confi-
dence in Opposition Leader Dr
Keith Rowley yesterday, COP MPs
Winston Dookeran and Carolyn
Seepersad-Bachan joined scores of
mourners in bidding farewell to
late politician and sports admin-
istrator Alloy Lequay.
A man who served T&T at many
levels, Lequay was remembered for
his commitment to the principles
he set for himself during his years
as president of the T&T Cricket
Board (TTCB) and as a NAR sen-
Leading off a series of heartfelt
tributes at the St Benedicts RC
Church, La Romaine, Dookeran
described Lequay as a man among
men and a mother of political his-
tory. He said Lequay had no bound-
aries in his political thoughts and
shed no tears when the nation stum-
bled. Instead, he toiled in setting
new challenges for himself.
"Alloy Lequay stood up when it
mattered, spoke up when it would
make a difference and was always
inspired by a better future. Today
as we shed a tear on his passing,
we see the richness of his life in the
world of politics and sport. He
would have touched the lives of all,
particularly the young, a powerful
legacy on which his mortality would
rest," Dookeran said.
For West Indies Cricket Board
(WICB) director Baldath Mahabir,
Lequay's life inning of 90 years was
too short as he would be missed in
the fight for the continued improve-
ment of T&T cricket. Mahabir said
despite Lequay's disappointments
while serving in the WICB, he
returned to Trinidad to build the
National Cricket Centre (NCC) and
set up the Frank Worrell Cricket
Development Centre in Balmain,
In officiating over the service, Fr
Clyde Harvey said Lequay not only
made a covenant to country, but
had a vision in what he wanted T&T
to achieve. At all times, he said
Lequay remained accountable to his
charges, just as he did to God.
Among those attending the funer-
al were, Sports Minister Brent San-
cho, TTCB president Azim
Bassarath, WICB director Ricky
Skerritt, former T&T captain Daren
Ganga, MSJ leader David
Abdulah, former COP chairman
Joseph Toney and former agriculture
minister Lincoln Myers.
Alloy, who was awarded the Cha-
conia Medal of the Trinity for his
service as a sports administrator in
1988 and the first recipient of the
Stollmeyer Medal in 1990, died in
the early hours of March 17. His
body was cremated in private service
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Panama s senior football team arrived in
T&T yesterday and will have its first practice
session at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva,
from 6 pm today ahead of tomorrow s inter-
national friendly with the T&T Soca Warriors
at the same venue from 7 pm.
Coach of the Central Americans, Hernan Dario
Gomez and his team checked in at the Ritz Carl-
ton Savannah Hotel, St Ann's, yesterday where
they will be based for their stay here before
journeying back to Panama City on Saturday
for another international warm-up against Costa
Rica on Tuesday.
Gomez was forced to make one change to his
team with goalkeeper Luis Mejia suffering a
muscle tear in training on Tuesday at the Rom-
mel Fernandez Stadium and was replaced by
The Colombian-born coach stressed on the
importance of his country's two games against
T&T and Costa Rica in preparation for the CON-
CACAF Gold Cup and World Cup qualifiers.
"These games are very important for us. We
want to do well in the Gold Cup and also be
ready for the World Cup qualification," Gomez
"I'm sure there's other players with experience
who have the capacity that allows them to believe
in themselves and they continue to work with
a lot of professionalism," said the Colombian
on the disappointment of narrowly missing out
on 2014 World Cup qualification.
"The dream is to make it to the next World
"Panama has good players who have good
experience," the 59-year-old said. "Now they're
even playing in the league in the United States,
Europe and Mexico. When we play games against
teams like Mexico, it's always very even. We're
just a step away from doing big things, which
include reaching the World Cup.
"It's a dream," Gomez said. "It would change
a lot of things, even the lives in Panama socially.
That would be the maximum. We would change
everything to go to the World Cup."
for T&T Soca
Belgium-based Soca Warriors midfielder
Khaleem Hyland says he is expecting noth-
ing less than 100 per cent from his team-
mates tomorrow when the Soca Warriors
entertain Panama in an international friend-
ly at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.
Speaking yesterday, Hyland of Racing Genk
said, "We've been working hard for the past
couple days in training. Obviously the coach
is looking at a few new faces because the
big picture is the Gold Cup and the World
Cup qualifiers. I for sure would like to make
it to a Gold Cup Finals and even win it as
well as to play in a World Cup.
"But this is all part of that journey. I hope
we can get things right and pull off a decent
performance on Friday (tomorrow). The public
needs to support this team now because
when you look at all our opponents in Con-
cacaf, everybody is on board with the football
team and supporting them from the early
stages. Hopefully we can get the same kind
of love and support from our people as well."
Hyland's fellow Carenage-born resident
and Orlando City midfielder Kevin Molino
also wants to see this country's senior foot-
ballers step up to the call tomorrow.
The 24-year-old Molino, who has netted
11 goals in 29 internationals, trained with his
team-mates, several of them for the first
time, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucu-
rapo yesterday as coach Stephen Hard over-
saw a lively session as the players pushed
themselves for selection in the starting XI
of the upcoming encounter.
Molino said the mood in the camp, which
includes 11 players who will be aiming for
their first senior appearance, has been upbeat
but he knows that the newcomers will have
some nerves to overcome as he recalled his
early days with the senior team.
"It's always good for new players to come
in. You can always learn from a younger
player or a senior player. You can encourage
the younger ones and encourage them for
the future. And I'll do whatever I can do to
guide them on the right path along with the
other senior players and the coaches.
"I've always said it's very important to get
a cap early in your career so that when you
go into international competition or games
you will not be shell-shocked. You want to
get games under your belt as soon as possible.
I was lucky to get early caps under Russell
Latapy at age 18 and it helped me along with
my career now. I just hope the guys can live
up to the challenge and expectations and
listen to what the coach has to tell them and
I think everything will be okay," he said.
The Carenage-born player described the
preparations as positive so far.
"I see a lot of positive things in training.
We are still learning more about each other
as it's not like a club when you get to spend
long periods together. We've just got to come
together this week and work as best as we
can and pick things up quickly. I think so far
things have been shaping up quite well and
it's just about getting ready for the game on
Friday and going out there to give a good
performance and build on it for the Gold
Cup and the World Cup qualifiers," the former
Mucurapo Senior Comprehensive player said.
T&T faces Guatemala in its opening Gold
Cup fixture on July 9, Cuba (July 12) and
Mexico three days later and Molino sees
Panama as proper opponents in preparation
for these clashes.
"Panama have been improving rapidly and
they have a strong Central American influence
and style that is similar to Guatemala and
Mexico. This game will give us a good idea
of what we need to do in our approach for
the Gold Cup games and the qualifiers later
Today, both Hart and Panama's head coach
Hernan Dario Gomez will be the feature
speakers at a pre-match press conference at
the Hasely Crawford Stadium, VIP Lounge
from 2.30 pm.
Solemn farewell to
cricket stalwart Lequay
Azim Bassarath, president of T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) and Minister of Sports Brent Sancho pay their respects to
former president of the TTCB, Alloy Lequay, during the funeral service at St Benedict's RC Church, La Romaine,
yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
T&T Soca Warriors go for a run across the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, playing field
during a training session on Monday, in preparation for tomorrow's international friendly
against Panama at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, from 7 pm. PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
Hyland expects 100
per cent from Warriors
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