Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 10th 2015 Contents National Senior Men s team head coach
Stephen Hart has announced a 21-man squad
that will travel to Amman to face Jordan s
Senior Men s Team in an international friendly
on June 16th.
Hart will conduct a final training session
at the Hasely Crawford Stadium today fol-
lowing the squad s return from Curacao on
Tuesday. The squad leaves for London tomor-
row afternoon and will overnight there before
departing for Amman on Friday.
The T&T head coach has included further
overseas-based pros to the team from the
one that lost 1-0 to Curacao last Friday in
Coming in is US-based player Joevin Jones,
Cordell Cato as well as Belgium-based defend-
er Sheldon Bateau, Slovakia-based winger
Lester Peltier, Kazakhstan-based defender
Aubrey David and English-born defender
Hart said: "We will continue to build
towards the Gold Cup over the next few days.
The game against Jordan allows me to evaluate
players that have not seen national duty since
the Caribbean Cup Finals last year. After this
I will have a better idea of the 22-man squad
for the Gold Cup."
Jordan meantime, is preparing for its 2018
World Cup qualifying campaign as well as
the 2019 Asian Cup. They will play their first
Group B qualifier against Kyrgyzstan on June
11 before playing Asian Cup champs Australia,
Tajikistan, and Bangladesh.
"Playing a team like Trinidad and Tobago
which previously qualified to the World Cup
will help our team in the upcoming phase,"
Jordan s head coach Ahmad Abdul Qader said.
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T&T Soca Warriors were
expected to return home last
night from Curacao, where they
spent an extra three days train-
ing after losing a friendly
encounter against that country
on Friday night, 1-0 at the Sen-
tro Deportivo Korsou in
Willemstad, as both teams con-
tinued preparations for upcoming tournaments.
However, with the Concacaf Gold Cup set to kick
off in the USA next month, national coach Stephen
Hart is not pleased with what is taking place with
regards to funding and the ongoing dispute between
the T&T Football Association (T&TFA) and the Ministry
Speaking on the weekend T&TFA president, Raymond
Tim Kee stated he was still awaiting money which was
promised to him by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar to offset the Soca Warriors Gold Cup prepa-
rations which is expected to continue next Tuesday
with a friendly encounter away to Jordan.
But Tim Kee s claims were dismissed by Minister of
Sport, Brent Sancho who said the local federation had
already spent 90 per cent of the $9 million promised
in the Cabinet note which was promised to by acting
Minister of Sport, Ruper Griffith and Prime Minister
Persad-Bissessar last November.
This after the Soca Warriors were on the verge of
boycott of the Caribbean Football Cup final against
Jamaica in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
T&T came up short in the final to the Reggae Boyz,
losing 5-4 on penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw, but on
return home were feted by Persad-Bissessar who com-
mitted to funding the team s Gold Cup preparations.
But contacted yesterday following another training
session with his 19-man squad in Willemstad, an dis-
enchanted Hart said he was very much concerned with
what has been going on in the local media over the
past couple days with regards the T&T Football Asso-
ciation s request for funding from the Ministry of Sports,
for the national team s Gold Cup preparations still out-
He added, "Right now I am very disappointed to
hear about what s taking place because we are suppose
to be preparing for our next international friendly against
Jordan with our departure set for later this week (June
11) and we are not sure what is going on."
"So all we can do here (in Curacao) is continue to
focus on our training and when we return to Trinidad
we will know much more about what is taking place."
Meanwhile, in anticipation of the national team s
departure for Jordan, Hart has summoned Chicago Fire
defender Joevin Jones to link up with the team and is
expected to add to his 37 caps at Al-Hassan Stadium.
Jones arrived in T&T on Saturday night and will miss
the Fire s re-scheduled game against the New England
Revolution on June 13 at Gillette Stadium.
T&T is scheduled to play two more international
warm-ups against 1998 Fifa World Cup semifinalist
Croatia and then against Haiti ahead of its Gold Cup
opener with Guatemala on July 9 in Chicago, but they
are also yet to be confirmed.
Hart concerned about team funding
T&T 21-MAN SQUAD FOR JORDAN
Goalkeepers: Jan-Michael Williams (Central FC), Marvin
Phillip (Point Fortin Civic)
Defenders: Mekeil Williams (W Connection) Kaydion
Gabriel (Central FC), Sheldon Bateau (KV Mechelen,
Belgium), Joevin Jones (Chicago Fire, USA), Gavin Hoyte
(England, unattached) Daneil Cyrus (W Connection),
Aubrey David (Shakhter Karagandy, Kazakhstan)
Midfielders: Andre Boucaud (Dagenham & Redbridge---
UK), Leston Paul (Central FC), Khaleem Hyland, Ataulla
(Central FC), Sean De Silva (Central FC), Keron
Cummings (North East Stars)
Forwards: Shahdon Winchester (W Connection),
Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City---UK) Devorn Jorsling
(Defence Force). Willis Plaza (Central FC), Cordell Cato
(San Jose Earthquakes, USA), Lester Peltier (Slovan
...names 21-man squad for Friendly versus Jordan
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