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Young T&T forward Kadeem
Corbin has a strong likelihood of mak-
ing his senior international compet-
itive debut at the CONCACAF Gold
Cup, which began on Tuesday night.
Corbin of T&T Pro League club St
Ann s Rangers has been impressive in
the build up to today s Gold Cup opener
against Guatemala and head coach
Stephen Hart has already made his
impressions of the player known,
describing him as dynamic and with
a lot of potential.
Corbin, who is 19, says he intends
to keep grounded throughout this busy
period and perhaps for the rest of his
"It s good to be in the national team
at my age. It s a dream really I got into
the team for my first game against
Curacao and it was a good experience.
Now being at the Gold Cup is the
biggest stage for me so far," he said.
"But I plan to keep working hard
and keeping focused. A lot of things
can happen when you are a footballer
making progress. God is very important
to me. God relaxes me. My family
members have been my biggest sup-
porters and I want to make them proud.
But doing anything that can help my
country will be a blessing for me," said
the T&T Under-20 forward who scored
a hat-trick to lead T&T to victory in
the final of the Caribbean U-20 Men s
Championship in 2014 at the Hasely
"My favourite player is Mario Balotelli
and my favourite team is Barcelona. I
try to take pattern from them. I don t
know what the future will bring but I
know I want to play at a high level and
maybe in two years I can be playing in
Shaka pushes 'Warriors'
to dig deep
Former national goalkeeper Shaka
Hislop wants the Soca Warriors to pull
out all the stops in the CONCACAF
Hislop, who saved at the 2001 CON-
CACAF Gold Cup under Rene Simoes,
sees the tournament as a main stage
for teams in the region outside of the
World Cup and believes it could be
critical towards this country s road
towards regaining some respect in the
region and beyond.
"There is a lot that has as happened
not just with T&T but in world football
in general. My hope is that it s a clean
slate for us to reinvent to refine and
refocus our football. That is my greatest
hope. As we set off on another World
Corbin eyes Gold Cup debut
Cup campaign and Gold Cup I
think it s a perfect opportunity for
this is who we will be going for-
ward," Hislop said.
Regarding T&T s Gold Cup
campaign specifically, the ESPN
football pundit said, "There is an
opportunity to write their names
in history. We ve shown in the past
that we can do well in this tour-
nament. I saw the team in the last
Gold Cup and I think they were
able to put on a performance that
surprised many and it was a good
sign for us. This time around, with
everything that has happened,
hopefully we can give a strong
showing again and push on from
to show his worth
Defender Mekeil Williams will
head off to Guatemala to continue
his club career once this country s
run at the CONCACAF Gold Cup
ends later this month.
Having already played profes-
sionally in Denmark and Poland
in the past, the W Connection
player wants to keep adding expe-
rience to his name.
"It s a good move for me at this
time but I really want to keep
pushing myself to get back into
Europe. I think the stage is where
a lot of players want to be on and
I ve had a chance to experience it
already. Hopefully now with the
time I am getting now with the
senior team, it can help me move
on to a higher level," Williams said.
He wants to make his father and
other family members look on
proudly at his achievements.
"I m trying to make them feel
satisfied that I can reach some-
where. My dad always wanted to
play the game but he didn t get
opportunities like me and now he s
living this chance through me so
I have to keep setting goals and
pushing myself to achieve them."
Williams played for T&T at the
2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in
Egypt and wants to return to the
World Cup stage alongside some
of his longtime teammates who
made the trip to the Pyramids with
him like Kevin Molino, Aubrey
David, Daneil Cyrus, Sheldon
Bateau and others.
"Of course I have dreams to play
in another World Cup. We have
the qualifiers for Russia this year
and I think if I can keep my level
up and stay injury free then I
would play a part in helping the
country get to another World Cup,"
Shaun Fuentes is the Director
of Communications for the TTFA.
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