Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 21st 2015 Contents To be defeated, but not give in, is
victory! What this Trinidad and Tobago
Senior Men s Team has achieved during
the 2015 Concacaf Gold Cup is just
Skipper Kenwyne Jones and his team-
mates had a bitter sweet ending to their
tournament but deserved to be saluted
for their efforts during the confedera-
tion s premier event for which the cur-
tains came down on the Soca Warriors
as they went down 6-5 on penalty kicks
after 90 minutes plus thirty minutes of
gruelling football at the MetLife Stadium
in New Jersey, USA on Sunday evening.
The result meant T&T did not secure
qualification to the semi-finals.
The team of 2000 with the likes of
Dwight Yorke, Russell Latapy, David
Nakhid and Arnold Dwarika, being the
last to achieve that.
Playing before a significant amount
of support for the Red, White and Black
in the stands, more than any previous
game this year, T&T battled it out with
their Central American opponents but
it came down to one penalty to keep
them alive and Panama goalkeeper Jaime
Penedo tipped Lester Peltier s kick onto
the cross bar to send T&T packing.
Prior to that, Roman Torres skied the
first kick over for Panama and Ataulla
Guerra clinically converted his attempt
to put T&T 1-0 ahead.
Goalkeeper Marvin Phillip would then
come up big to push away Erick Davis s
Radanfah Abu Bakr, Kenwyne Jones
and Mekeil Williams all converted but
Sheldon Bateau and Joevin Jones had
missed T&T s second and third attempt
to leave the teams locked at 4-4 and
into sudden death.
Phillip denied Alberto Quintero leaving
T&T sniffing a win once Daneil Cyrus
could convert. Cyrus was stopped on
his way up as Honduran referee Hector
Rodriguez thought the defender had
already kicked. And a few moments
later, Panama were back in the contest
as Cyrus blasted his attempt over bar.
Andre Boucaud would be T&T s last
converter as Blas Perez and Valentin
Pimentel scored to put the pressure on
Peltier. Panama were the ones left cel-
ebrating as the second half substitute
saw his effort push onto the woodwork
It was the third time T&T lost out
on penalties, first going down to United
Arab Emirates at the OSN Cup in 2013
and then to Jamaica in the 2014
Caribbean Cup final.
During the match, T&T had the better
start of the two teams and the first good
look at goal when Jones strong header
went inches over from a Cyrus long
throw in minute 25.
A defensive mishap then led to Pana-
ma s opening goal when Abu Bakr s par-
tial clearance to a right side ball resulted
in Bateau s attempt ricocheting onto
Luis Tejada s path and he made no mis-
take with the gift, hitting low past a
Just before the break Jones stepped
up again but just couldn t find the target.
A nice, searching ball from the right by
Cyrus saw the Cardiff City man head
goalwards only to see the ball flash wide
of the upright with Keron Cummings
and Jones (J) rushing in behind him.
There were two cooling breaks during
regulation time due to the extreme
humid conditions. And T&T, which had
two days less to prepare for the game
than Panama who completed its Group
phase before T&T, seemed to have tired
as the game progressed.
But not before they would put Panama
Jones ran in to neatly direct his header
into the net from a Khaleem Hyland left
side free kick and T&T were level on 54
minutes. It was his second goal of the
tournament and his fourth in Gold Cup
Perez went close to Panama in the
dying stages and fortunately for T&T,
his effort went wide. Boucaud and Jones
(J) would have further long range efforts
for T&T but neither team had any spark
in them as the game played out in extra
Hart later commended his players for
the effort but felt fatigue was a factor
in their performance on the evening.
"I think at the end of the day the two
days extra rest for Panama showed. We
were completely exhausted. But I have
to give credit to my players. They gave
me everything. I extracted every drop
of juice out of that orange. But at the
end of the day penalties are a cruel way
to decide a game but it s how the game
ends," Hart said.
Asked to comment on his team s dif-
ference in play against Panama as com-
pared to Mexico in their final Group C
round-robin match on Wednesday last
Hart replied, "I think fatigue was a big
"We could not get up and down the
field as a unit like we did against Mexico
and as the game went further and further
forward we just couldn t keep possession
of the ball. We ran out of legs."
With respect to the penalty kicks,
Hart said what you do is practice is
totally different to real match situations.
"We did practice taking penalties, but
its totally different when you kick penal-
ty-kicks with nobody around, because
its no problem.
"But when you kick penalties with
60,000 or 70,000 people watching, it s
a big problem.
And yesterday (Saturday), nobody
missed in practice, but today (Sunday)
we had three chances to win it and we
"He added "As I said before fatigue
played a big factor in everything because
if the body says no and the mind says
yes, then it will be no.
Overall the T&T coach says his team
had a long way to go.
"When you consider our preparations
and what we went through as team in
the lead up to the tournament, it s a
long road ahead, but at the same time
we can take away a few good things.
"Defensively we did well and we were
fairly efficient on set plays, but our com-
posure and ball possession could be
The T&T Olympic Committee (TTOC)
Good Sport Governance Code will be a
Roadmap for Olympic Sport Governance
in the twin island Republic.
A TTOC Governance Commission to be
established by TTOC President Brian
Lewis will comprise of five individuals
who have no known official affliation to
any local Olympic Sport organisation.
Among the five individuals---four are
from T&T and the fifth is well known
Olympic Sport Governance expert Profes-
sor Leigh Robinson Head of Sport Stud-
ies at the University of Stirling in
The intention is to put together a Sport
Governance Code that meets interna-
tional benchmarks in relation to good
Discussions with the proposed mem-
bers of the Commission will conclude by
the end of July.
The Commission will begin work on the
Code in August says Lewis.
Lewis who was elected a member of
the Caribbean Association of National
Olympic Committee (CANOC ) Executive
Board in October 2014 is also Chairman
of the CANOC International and National
Olympic Committees Relations Commis-
sion will be pushing to have the Good
Sport Governance Code included in the
TTOC Consitution at next year's Annual
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T&TOC embarks on governance Code for T&T
PHILLIP won a sil-
ver medal in the
Men s Match Sprint
during the Pan Amer-
ican Games in Toron-
to on Saturday.
"I just saw fins... I
punched it in the
Three time world
MICK FANNING on
his encounter with a
shark off the coast
of South Africa
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Penalty pain as T&T goes down
to Panama in Gold Cup 'quarters'
CONCACAF GOLD CUP
Sunday's Concacaf Gold Cup quarterfinal
Panama 1 (Luis Tejada 37th) vs T&T
(Kenwyne Jones 54th)---Panama won 6-5
Mexico 1 (Andres Guardado 124th pen) vs
Costa Rica 0
T&T (4-2-3-1): 1. Marvin Phillip (GK),
5. Daneil Cyrus, 6. Radanfah Abu Bakr,
4. Sheldon Bateau, 17. Mekeil Williams;
8. Khaleem Hyland (11. Ataulla Guerra, 91'),
19. Kevan George; 13. Cordell Cato (23.
Lester Peltier, 65'), 20.Keron Cummings
(14. Andre Boucaud, 80'), 3. Joevin Jones;
9. Kenwyne Jones.
Unused Subs: 22. Adrian Foncette , 2.
Aubrey David, 7. Jonathan Glenn, 10. Willis
Plaza, 12. Kadeem Corbin, 15. Dwane
James, 16. Rundell Winchester, 18. Yohance
Marshall. Injured out---Jan Michael
Williams. Head Coach: Stephen Hart
Panama: 1. Jaime Penedo (GK); 6. Gabriel
Gomez (13. Adolfo Machado 45), 5. Roman
Torres (captain), 3. Harold Cummings, 15.
Erick Davis; 2. Valentin Pimentel, 14. Miguel
Camargo (22. Abdiel Arroyo,90'); 11.
Armando Cooper, 19. Alberto Quintero; 7.
Blas Perez, 10. Luis Tejada (8.Gabriel
Unused Subs: 12. Luis Mejia (GK), 21. Jose
Calderon (GK), 4. Alfredo Stephens, 9.
Roberto Nurse, 16. Rolando Blackburn, 17.
Luis Henriquez, 18. Darwin Pinzon, 23.
Trinidad & Tobago's Daneil Cyrus
(5) and Panama's Abdiel Arroyo
(22) fight for control of the ball
during the overtime of a
Concacaf Gold Cup soccer match
on Sunday, at MetLife stadium in
East Rutherford, NJ. AP
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