Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 1st 2015 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Trinidad and Tobago s senior men s team
is in Salt Lake City preparing ahead of Fri-
day s International Friendly with 2015 Con-
cacaf Gold Cup champions Mexico at the
Rio Tinto Stadium from 8pm.
Members of the team arrived in Salt Lake
on Sunday evening and will be part of a five-
day training camp which falls into the prepa-
rations for the upcoming 2018 Concacaf
World Cup qualifying semi-final round which
commences in November.
The local-based players along with Euro-
pean-based defenders Aubrey David and
Radanfah Abu Bakr traveled from Port-of-
Spain with Stephen Hart and the rest of the
backroom staff while US-based quartet Kevan
George, Joevin Jones, Trevin Caesar and Run-
dell Winchester joined the team later on Sun-
Also arriving on Sunday were English-
based midfielder Andre Boucaud and Mex-
ican-based defender Yohance Marshall.
Scheduled to arrive yesterday and today are
Khaleem Hyland, Jonathan Glenn, Mekeil
Williams and Cordell Cato. Barnet defender
Gavin Hoyte will not travel for the game after
the T&T team received news on Sunday night
that his club had turned down a request for
"We re here and we ll try to get in a decent
amount of preparation ahead of the match,"
Hart said. "The important thing is being able
to access the players and have them together
for a few days because this is what the pro-
gram is going to be like when the World Cup
qualification comes around. Getting the play-
ers together is vital and we ll use these few
days to go over some things in relation to
the game and our general state for the cam-
paign coming up," he said.
The T&T team trained once yesterday
evening at Lakeside Park and is based at the
Downtown Marriott Hotel.
The Mexico team arrived in Salt Lake City
on Monday. Their thirteen European-based
players met the rest of the squad in Mexico
City on Sunday before traveling. Veteran Rafa
Marquez has been recalled with Carlos Vela
keeping his place and Tigres trio Jorge Torres
Nilo, Jesus Duenas and Javier Aquino being
selected by interim head coach Ricardo Fer-
retti. Mexico will also play Argentina on Sep-
T&T goalkeeper Jan Michael Williams,
who missed the 4-4 draw with "El Tri" at
the Concacaf Gold Cup due to a hamstring
injury, is back in the squad and is spoke
about the values of such a high profile inter-
national friendly for T&T.
"This is another step in our quest and
preparations to qualify for the World Cup.
We are looking for continuation after having
such a good showing at the Gold Cup. It s
our first friendly after the Gold Cup and I
think playing against a team like Mexico is
good for us," Williams said yesterday.
"I think the game will be an attractive one
and obviously people will be looking to see
if we can maintain the kind of form we had
from that previous game (against Mexico).
We will be looking to put on a good showing
but again the bigger focus is on the prepa-
ration for the World Cup qualifiers," he added.
The temperature range is around 30 degrees
celcius in Utah which is 4,327 feet above sea
level. Here is home to MLS club Real Salt
Lake and NBA team Utah Jazz
The Rio Tinto Stadium holds just around
22,000 and is sold out for Friday s game.
There will be live television coverage in the
US on UniMas and Univision Deportes Net-
work in Spanish, and ESPN News in Eng-
'Warriors' in Salt
Lake City for friendly
T&T coach Stephen Hart arrives in Salt Lake City.
The T&T Cricket Board (T&TCB) has
congratulated Dwayne Bravo on being
awarded the Humming Bird Medal (Gold)
for his outstanding contribution to the
game of cricket.
Earlier this year, Bravo led T&T s Red Steel
to the Caribbean Premier League (CPL)
regional T20 title in front of his home crowd
at the Queen s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain.
Yesterday, president of the T&TCB, Azim
Bassarath, said that honour given to Bravo
was well-deserved and will help to motivate
other young cricketers to work hard and
Bassarath said Bravo s talent and drive for
success was noted since he was a youngster,
having represented T&T at cricket at the
Under-15 and Under-19 levels before playing
for the senior national team and eventually
being elevated to captain.
The local cricket chief said Bravo s lead-
ership qualities and vital contribution to the
team with both bat and ball, were also high-
lighted by his spectacular fielding which did
not go unnoticed by the regional selectors.
"It was just a matter of time before he
was handed the captain s armband for the
West Indies 50-overs team, and was one of
three T&T captains of West Indies teams
which also included Denesh Ramdin (Test)
and Merissa Aguilleria (Women), all in one
calendar year," said Bassarath.
The T&TCB president also paid tribute
to Bravo s multi-talented persona as an enter-
taining performing artiste, having recently
recorded a cross-over chutney hit with Nisha
B which was launched both in T&T and in
India, and adopted by the Chennai Super
Kings for which he plays in the Indian Pre-
mier League. He also signed a recording
contract with a Los Angeles, USA-based
Bravo also has a long-standing relationship
with Jamaican dance hall music artiste Beenie
Man with whom he has performed and
whom he credits for encouraging him to
further his latent musical talent.
Bassarath also took the opportunity to
congratulate the national men s 4X400 and
women s 4X100 metres relay teams which
earned silver and bronze medals respectively
at the IAAF World Athletic Championships
which ended on Sunday in Beijing, China.
The T&T quartet of Renny Quow, La
Londe Gordon, Deon Lendore and Machel
Cedenio pulled out all the stops in the iconic
Bird s Nest Stadium on a rainy night to grab
silver behind the USA in a new national
Bassarath said he was thrilled on hearing
the comments of Gordon, who said after
the race that the team was motivated by the
expectation of the T&T public which pushed
them to their best performance yet.
"It was a commitment and focus that
produced a world class performance in dif-
ficult conditions which showed that these
young men are conscious of their respon-
sibilities to the public of T&T who have
invested much in them, which they have
repaid big time," said Bassarath.
He noted that it was the first time that
the women were medalling in the relay at
the games and the team of Kelly Ann Bap-
tiste, Michelle Lee Ahye, Reyare Thomas
and Semoy Hackett deserved the best com-
Kareem Knights has expressed delight after
recently sealing a move to Trinidad and
Tobago Pro League club, Caledonia AIA.
The 18-year-old, who has represented
Guyana at the Under-17, Under-20 and the
Under-23 level, said he was already enjoying
some of the benefits of being in a professional
"I m just happy be to here, it s my first
time with a pro team, among players who
played World Cup, MLS and other big leagues
across the world," the Guyana Chronicle
newspaper quoted Knights as saying.
"It feels like home to me even though I m
in a new community among players from
other countries. My Guyanese teammates
have me as their younger brother guiding
me and advising me how to approach things
Dominic Garnett and Pernell Schultz, both
Guyana Under-23 players, already represent
the club which is based in Morvant.
Players from Honduras, Haiti, Panama and
Grenada feature on the club s roster, and
Knights said he was keen to learn from the
experienced campaigners while developing
"I ve been following along the line with
them, going through every session, developing
on my weakness and building my confidence
in order to snap myself into the level that
the pro league is being played at."
Knights turned out for the Fruta Con-
querors Club in the domestic league here.
Knights delighted with Caledonia AIA switch
The T&T Development Girls Squad won
its second consecutive match during its tour
of China, defeating the China Women s
team by four wickets in a T20 match at the
Wellington International School in Shang-
hai, China, yesterday.
Bowling first, T&T reduced China for a
dismal 67/8 with Reanna Farrow grabbing
2/7 in two overs for T&T. Samantha Bissoon,
who was part of the T&T women s senior
team at the West Indies Women s Super50
Championships recently, took 1/8 in two
overs. Kamara Ragoobar (1/15) and Tramaine
Edwards (1/11) also snatched one wicket
After a nervous start, T&T got to 68/6 in
19 overs with Selene O Neil top scoring with
22. T&T was reduced to 13/3, then 29/4 when
Rosalie Dolabaille (6), Shania Augustus (4),
captain Reniece Boyce (11) and Sharnella
Townsend (0) all fell cheaply. O Neil, batting
at number five, added some stability in the
middle which eventually led T&T to the tar-
get. Wu Juan was the best bowler for China,
grabbing 3/21 in four overs.
T&T defeated the China Women s team
in a shortened One Day match on Thursday
in its first match on tour. T&T won by seven
wickets in a 30-over match.
T&T girls too good for China At Wellington International School:
China 67/8 (Huang Zhuo 17, Reanna
Farrow 2/7, Samantha Bissoon 1/8,
Kamara Ragoobar 1/15, Tramaine
Edwards 1/11) vs T&T Developmental
Squad 68/6 (19 overs) (Selene O'Neil 22,
Wu Juan 3/21). T&T won by four wickets.
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