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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, July 16, 2015
Stephen Hart has come in for
high commendation from his play-
ers on the current T&T squad at
the Concacaf Gold Cup. Hart has
guided the "Soca Warriors" to their
second successive quarterfinal
qualification in two Gold Cups.
On Tuesday s pre-match press
conference at the Bank of America
Stadium in Charlotte, members of
the media asked Andre Boucaud
what he thought had led to the
show of form by the T&T team and
he instantly paid tribute to Hart s
"It s an opportunity for everyone
playing at this stage. I believe we
have done pretty well because of
this man right beside me really.
Since he s come in everyone has
seen that we ve climbed the rank-
ings, we are playing good football
and we are getting good results and
as a player that all we can ask for
really," Boucaud said.
"It s a bit of everything really.
Everyone likes the coach which
obviously helps a lot in teams like
this because when you really get on
with the coach and you like the
coach, you are gong to do everything
in your power to get the result not
just for yourself but for him. Since
he s come in, he s made everyone
more tactically aware of the game,
showing us videos and telling us
obviously what players to look out
"And he gives us that freedom to
actually go out and play and as a
player there s nothing better than
that going out on the pitch knowing
that if you make a mistake, it s not
a problem and you can still continue
to try and get on the ball and stuff
The English-born player who is
a member of Dagenham and Red-
bridge said he was thrilled that T&T
could defy the odds and advance
to the quarterfinals.
"To be honest before the tour-
nament started, a lot of people
wrote us off and we prove them
wrong. Proving people wrong and
getting the result breeds confidence
in the camp."
Joevin's fine Gold Cup run
It s perhaps his best run in an
international football so far. Some
may argue that we still haven t seen
the best of Joevin Jones but his per-
formances in this country s two vic-
tories at the CONCACAF Gold Cup
have been nothing but impressive
with a high work rate.
Jones has been one of the more
sort after players by the media at
the tournament and seems to be
enjoying the moments so far going
back to Chicago, Phoenix and now
Charlotte as the T&T team prepared
for last night s encounter with Mex-
"It s a great feeling but I m just
being me. I m enjoying the Gold
Cup. We are playing well and every-
one is enjoying the run at the
moment. I m feeling really good
right now but the job is not over.
We still want to achieve more suc-
cess here," Jones said on Tuesday.
Coach Stephen Hart believes the
Chicago Fire and former W Con-
nection player is beginning to come
into his own.
"He s miserable off the field of
play but he s a joy to have around.
He s one of those players you need
in your team, you need in the dress-
ing room. And when he s on the
field he expresses himself the way
you want and he s enjoying it and
making a valuable contribution to
the team. That s what you want
from players especially in a tour-
nament when there s a lot hap-
pening in terms of preparation, trav-
el and gamedays," Hart said.
The 23-year-old has played 43
matches for T&T and he wants to
get closer to the 50-match mark at
this Gold Cup.
"We have more games to go and
way. I believe we have a great chance
to move on and at least get to the
semi finals. It s a lot of work ahead
still but we can do it," Jones said.
Bateau honoured to be
mentioned among former
When Sheldon Bateau scored
the opening goal in the recent 2-
0 victory over Cuba in Phoenix, he
became the third player to score in
successive matches for this country
at the Concacaf Gold Cup. Not since
Arnold Dwarika scored in a 4-2 vic-
tory over Guatemala and then in a
2-1 win over Costa Rica at the 2000
tournament, had any T&T player
achieved that mark.
Prior to that, Jerren Nixon did
it in 1998 while Dwarika also netted
a double in a 3-2 loss to United
States while Russell Latapy almost
turned a game around on his own
with a second half double in a 3-
2 loss to El Salvador in the 1996
"To be mentioned with names
like those guys is a true honour.
They were great players in the past
for us on this stage and now I m
happy to be able to play my part.
I didn t go into the games looking
to score goals but only to do my
best for the team. Thankfully it
meant scoring two important goals
and getting the team off to the best
start possible for us," said the 24-
year-old KV Mechelen player.
"I know I asked for the people
to have patience with this team
heading into the tournament. The
journey isn t over and we haven t
achieved anything major as yet.
We still have to get to the semi finals
and go on from there plus we have
the World Cup qualifiers coming
up in November. We are showing
that we can perform well and get
results in tough situations.
"Hopefully now we can get con-
sistent support and we can continue
growing as a football team and a
T&T s senior women team head
coach Ross Russell says that his
team has demonstrated a willingness
to work hard and believe in their
ability against opposition that is
expected to roll over them.
T&T have attained two points
at the Pan American Games so
far, coming from behind to draw
with Argentina and South Amer-
ican women football giants
Colombia. They will need another
strong showing against Mexico to
progress to the knockout phase.
"So far the ladies have come
out and shown their ability and
their character. They believe in
themselves and they have played
for each other with a never say
die attitude. That has been the
key for us in the two games so
far," Russell said.
"Even though Colombia were
expected to get the better of us,
our players never showed any fear
or play in way that made them
look intimidated. We ll be looking
to end the group phase on a high
even though it will be another
tough outing. So far I m liking
what I ve seen and we can only
Shaun Fuentes is the director
of communications for the TTFA
High commendation for Hart
THE PRO LOOK
T&T defender Sheldon Bateau (4) celebrates his goal against Cuba with forward Kenwyne Jones, partly hidden, during the first half of a Concacaf Gold Cup
football match Sunday, in Glendale, Arizona. AP PHOTO
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