Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 4th 2015 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, July 4, 2015
T&T and Orlando City midfielder
was a welcomed guest into the
Trinidad and Tobago Camp in Fort
Lauderdale on Friday as he arrived
to join his international teammates
for a few days before they begin
their quest for glory at the 2015
CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Molino took a few days away from
Orlando where he is currently under-
going rehab following ACL recon-
structive surgery, an injury which has
forced him out of action for the
remainder of the year.
Travelling with Molino was TTFA s
consulting orthopedic surgeon who
is based in Orlando. The Orlando
City club also sent a programme for
Molino to continue over the few days
which will be supervised by the
National team s medical staff and
"It s a nice feeling to be back with
the boys before they head off to the
Gold Cup. Once I heard they were
coming up for a camp here I decided
I had to spend a few days with
them,"Molino told TTFA Media.
"It s still disappointing for me to
be ruled out of the Gold Cup with
the injury but God is great and
thankfully I m starting to feel good
again and the rehab has been going
pretty good. I m following all the
directions and maintaining a pos-
itive attitude which is crucial
towards my recovery," Molino said.
Molino was set to attend the T&T
versus Haiti closed-door training
game at the Central Broward Regional
Complex as the Soca Warriors con-
tinued their build up to the July 9th
CONCACAF Gold Cup opener
against Guatemala in Chicago.
T&T coach Stephen Hart has con-
ducted three sessions over the two
days the T&T team has been at the
Sawgrass Grand Hotel training facility,
including one on Friday morning.
The intensity level has been good and
the spirit in the camp is growing daily.
English-based midfielder Andre Bou-
caud believes the team will be ready
for its opening match.
San Jose Earthquakes forward
Cordell Cato was the last player to
join the camp on Thursday leaving
only Slovakia-based winger Lester
Peltier to arrive.
Meanwhile, Commenting on the
scheduled September 4 friendly
against Concacaf powerhouse Mexico
in Arlington, Texas, USA, Hart said
the game would be fitting for T&T
on a FIFA date as it prepares for the
start the 2018 World Cup qualifying
campaign in November.
The game falls in line with some
of the international friendlies against
quality opposition over the past year
or more including against the likes
of Argentina, Iran and Panama.
TTFA President Raymond Tim Kee
added: "I m quite happy that we have
been able to land this international
friendly match which we understand
will be played before a near sell out
crowd. The Mexican team is extreme-
ly popular and we feel very good
about being part of its US 2015 tour.
This of course provides our national
team with the type of quality prepa-
ration match we need heading into
our 2018 World Cup campaign. This
fixture demonstrates our ability to
engage in quality international football
and shows our intentions towards
achieving the level of play and recog-
nition we are aiming for," Tim Kee
One of the greatest rivalries in the
Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will
take place today, when the T&T Red
Steel plays the Guyana Amazon War-
riors in their third match of the Hero
2015 championship at Warner Park in
St Kitts, at 4 pm.
The two teams have had some epic
battles in the past and today should be
no different. What adds spice to the
contest is the fact that the Akmal broth-
ers from Pakistan would battle each
other halfway across the world. Kamran
will suit up for the T&T Red Steel,
while Umar will play for the Amazon
The Red Steel is yet to record a win
but the week-long break in St Kitts
was well utilized by coach Simon Hel-
mot to work on areas of the team s
game that he thought needed to
Red Steel has not been impressive
on the road so far, gathering just three
points from their two matches. Their
first game ended in a no result for which
they got one point, while they lost
heavily to the Barbados Tridents in
their second match.
Helmot thinks it is all about getting
the basics right: "We just need to get
the basics right and get the guys doing
what they know best. Now is not really
a time to panic we have matches to go
and it is important that we peak at the
Manager of the Guyana Amazon
Warriors Omar Khan was also calling
for basic cricket from his players. "We
have not had a good start for varying
reasons but I am not making any excus-
es. The players have the ability, we
know that it is all about going out there
and playing intelligent cricket. The guys
have been working hard since getting
together but they have not been able
to piece together a good performance.
It is disappointing because you always
want to pick up points on the road.
This team has a big reputation in the
CPL having reached two finals and they
are going to come back. The guys have
the experience to do it and we have
been talking about what is needed."
The Amazon Warriors were looking
for their first win last evening as they
came up against the home team St Kitts
Patriots at Warner Park. The second
game of the double header last night
saw the St Lucia Zouks battling the
Both teams will be hoping for a much
improved pitch as the matches to date
there this season has not produced the
runs it did last year. It has been slow
with the ball stopping and not coming
unto the bat nicely as it did last year.
The fans here are coming out in huge
numbers to support the games and the
home team will be playing first today
when they take on the Jamaica
Tallawahs under the midday sun.
Cricket has been the talk on the street
here since the CPL came around the
although the population is just under
40,000, everyone seems to want a tick-
Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) president, Brian Lewis, centre, looks at the new scratch
sample card with NLCB chairman, marketing committee, Brian Swah, and NLCB Instant Money Game
supervisor, Candy West, during the formal launch of the NLCB and TTOC partnership for the new scratch
game going for Gold---#10 Golds by 2014---yesterday at TTOC office, Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain.
PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Red Steel in
T&T Red Steel: Dwayne Bravo (capt),
William Perkins, Cameron Delport,
Kamran Akmal, Jacques Kallis, Yohan
Botha, Darren Bravo, Samuel Badree,
Derone Davis, Miguel Cummins, Javon
Searles, Jason Mohammed, Samuel
Badree, Sulieman Benn, Kevon Cooper.
Head coach Simon Helmot, assistants
David Williams and Imran Jan.
Guyana Amazon Warriors: Denesh
Ramdin (capt), Sunil Narine, Assad
Fudadin, Brad Hodge, Chris Barnwell,
Devendra Bishoo, Lendl Simmons,
Merchant De Lange, Paul Wintz,
Ronsford Beaton, Veerasammy
Permaul, Shivnarine Chanderpaul,
Tillekaratne Dilshan, Trevon Griffith
and Umar Akmal.
Molino spends time with T&T team ahead of Gold Cup opener
West Indies legend Sir Viv Richards is stumped for a golden duck by Prime Minister's XI wicketkeeper
Shimron Hetmeyer during a CPL Charity Game at Warner Park, St Kitts, on Thursday night. The Prime
Minister's XI won the match by 11 runs. Scores: PM's XI 164 (20) vs Sir Viv Richards XI 153 all out (Richards
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