Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 19th 2015 Contents A54
Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt July 19, 2015
This country s senior national foot-
ballers are one victory away from entering
the last four surviving teams at the Con-
cacaf Gold Cup. And unlike their three
previous matches which included the
unforgettable 4-4 draw with Mexico in
the Group C decider last Wednesday in
Charlotte, today s quarterfinal clash with
Panama is set to be their most important
The stage is set at the MetLife Stadium
in New Jersey for a gripping contest. Two
well poised teams, the "Soca Warriors" on
an unstoppable drive thus far and Pananma,
the 2013 beaten finalists, are definitely an
outfit not to underestimate.
T&T had a full session yesterday morning
before a scheduled walk through at MetLife
later in the day. Hart used part of the ses-
sion to work on the team shape and fin-
ishing as well as penalty takes.
Hart is vastly experienced at the Gold
Cup, being the only coach alongside USA s
Bruce Arena to reach the quarterfinal stage
on four occasions (2007 and 2009 including
a semifinal with Canada and 2013 and 2015
He is also aware that while Panama are
yet to qualify for a World Cup Finals, they
are accustomed to the Gold Cup big stage,
losing the 2013 Final to the US and reaching
the semifinals in 2011.
T&T and Panama have met once before
at the Gold Cup in 2005 where both teams
drew 2-2. T&T got goals from Marvin
Andrews and Cornell Glen. Kenwyne Jones
is the only surviving member from that
squad while Panama s Luis Tejada, who
netted a double in that match, is also in
the current Panama team.
"For me they are the best team that really
was in that group (current Gold Cup) in
the sense that for me, they were unfortu-
nate. They should have come away with
a result in that US game," Hart said after
a morning session at the New York Jets
Training Facility yesterday morning.
"They are a team that are completely in
balance and by that I mean is that it s more
or less the same team that played in the
last Gold Cup final and been together for
quite a while so they have a really good
understanding of each other."
Hart stressed on the importance of his
team being able to maintain its form and
"The mood seems to be good. The main
concern was the sort of emotional state of
the players because that was an extremely
emotional game (against Mexico) for the
players, mentally and physically draining
and the recovery times between games has
not been ideal. But so be it. We wanted to
be in a quarterfinals and we said we wanted
to do one better which is to get into the
semifinal. But first things first, we have
Panama tomorrow (today)," he said.
Satisfying for Hart is also the increase
in start team selection options resulting
from the way additional players have risen
to the call during the tournament.
"There is competition for places and
that s the most important thing in a team.
What was pleasing was the way that players
stepped in ready to play, focused, totally
energised and dynamic with a certain fight-
ing spirit that brought about the draw. And
I think if you are going to play international
football and get results that is what is
required," Hart said.
All players are injury free and available
with the exception of the injured goalkeeper
Jan Michael Williams. T&T s Kerron Cum-
mings and Sheldon Bateau are among the
tournament s top scorers with two goals
each. USA s Clint Dempsey and Mexican
Oribe Peralta have three goals apiece.
Panama drew all of its first round match-
es with USA, Haiti and Honduras. Their
head coach Hernan Dario Gomez said
Panama will not change its style against
"Here the most important thing about
this is that Panama maintains its style, it
is composed, that we do not betray our
style and that playing good football pro-
duces results as it has until now," he said.
T&T s match kicks off at 4.30 pm while
Mexico faces Costa Rica in the second
match from 7.30 pm.
Ready for Panama
Warriors eye semifinal spot
When the rain allowed play to resume
only five overs were left for the Red Steel
to bat. Kallis was dismissed first ball after
the resumption without adding to his score.
He faced 29 balls and struck five fours.
Darren Bravo then turned on the heat
and it was party time at the Oval.
The left-hander smashed some huge sixes
that belied his small stature. He raced to
40 before being run out. He slapped five
sixes and a four as he continued an amazing
run which started in the previous match.
The last 62 runs from his unbeaten 80
against the Tridents came off 16 balls, which
means that he has actually scored 100 runs
from 31 balls.
Towards the end, Cameron Delport played
a wonderful cameo of 20 not out off six
balls to take the score to 134 for five.
National footballers during a training session yesterday at the New York Jets Training
Facility ahead of their quarterfinal match against Panama today in the Concacaf Gold Cup.
Continued from Page A56
Red Steel vs Patriots
Red Steel inns
J Kallis st Dowrich b Warrican
W Perkins c Warrican b Tanvir
K Akmal c Guptill b Shamsi
DM Bravo run out
DJ Bravo b Reifer
C Delport not out
Extras: (1w, 3nb)
Total: 5 wkts (20ovs)
Fall of wkts: 43, 56, 66, 92, 122.
Bowling: S Tanvir 3-0-18-1, C Brathwaite
2.1-0-36-0, R Reifer 3-0-29-1, T Shamsi 3-
1-9-1, J Warrican 2-0-17-1, S Afridi 0.5-0-
E Lewis c Searles b Bravo
M Guptill c Cooper b Botha
M Samuels b Davis
S Afridi lbw Afridi
R Reifer c Botha b Bravo
C Brathwaite c Delport b Davis
D Thomas c Delport b Davis
S Tanvir not out
S Dowrich not out
Extras: (4b, 3w)
Total: for 7 wkts (14ovs)
Fall of wkts: 10, 51, 78, 104, 104, 111, 114.
Bowling: S Badree 2-0-23-0, J Botha 1-0-
7-1, J Kallis 3-0-27-0, D Bravo 3-0-15-3, K
Cooper 2-0-18-0, Davis 3-0-29-3.
Result: T&T Red Steel won by 18 runs.
Red Steel beats Patriots in shortened match
NEW YORK---A former top Fifa official pleaded
not guilty yesterday to racketeering and bribery
charges in a corruption case aimed at soccer s
governing body that has sent shock waves
through the sport.
Jeffrey Webb posted a US$10 million bond at
his arraignment in federal court. He surrendered
three passports---two from the United Kingdom
and one from the Cayman Islands---and will be
required to wear an electronic monitoring device
as a condition of his release.
Webb s bond was secured by ten different people
including his wife and her parents, who were in
the courtroom. He did not speak except to say
"Yes, your honour" when the judge asked if he
understood the charges.
Webb s lawyer, Edward O Callaghan, did not
comment after the hearing. Prosecutors also
Webb, 50, was among seven Fifa officials
detained in Switzerland. The rest are fighting
Prosecutors allege the defendants plotted to
pay bribes of more than $150 million---tied to the
award of broadcasting and hosting rights for the
World Cup and other tournaments---over a 24-
Following the indictment, Webb received a pro-
visional ban and was replaced as the Fifa vice
president from the North and Central American
and Caribbean region. Webb was also president
of Concacaf, the regional governing body for
North America, Central America and the
Caribbean. A total of 14 men---nine football officials
and five marketing executives---were indicted by
the US Justice Department in May, including for-
mer Fifa vice president Jack Warner, who is resist-
ing extradition from T&T.
Webb promised reform when he was elected
in 2012 to succeed Warner as president of Con-
Banned Fifa official
pleads not guilty to
ST JOHN'S---The West Indies Cricket Board has
discontinued pursuing a disciplinary charge brought
against West Indies opener Chris Gayle.
On January 11 this year, Gayle made public comments
during a post-match interview that were critical of
the selection policy of the WICB, when Kieron Pollard
and Dwayne Bravo were not selected for the West
Indies team that took part in the ICC Cricket World
Cup Australia & New Zealand 2015.
A charge was later laid against Gayle that he had
conducted himself in a manner contrary to Rule 9 of
the WICB s Code of Conduct.
Rule 9 states that "players and team officials shall
not make public or media comment which is detri-
mental to the interests of the game".
The charge was referred to the Disciplinary Com-
mittee of the WICB which comprises: Justice Adrian
Saunders (Chairman), Madame Justice Desiree Bernard,
Dr Lloyd Barnett, QC, OJ, Desmond Haynes, Jeffrey
Dujon and Verlyn Faustin (Secretary to the Committee).
The WICB s Code of Conduct also states that such
a charge must be laid against an offender within ten
days of the alleged commission of the offence.
It came to the attention of the Disciplinary Com-
mittee however, that Gayle had previously been the
subject of a reprimand for his comments and the
charge was served on him outside the required time
In the circumstances, the WICB has accepted the
intimation of the Disciplinary Committee that the
charge should be discontinued and Gayle has accord-
ingly been so notified. (WICB website)
WICB ends Chris Gayle
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