Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 2nd 2015 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Trinidad and Tobago s senior
footballers caused a bit of a stir
at Lakeside Park, Salt Lake City
on Monday evening as they
took part in their first training
session ahead of Friday s inter-
national friendly against Mex-
ico.Over 150 fans comprising of
US folks, Mexicans and other
members of the Latin commu-
nity turned up at Lakeside to
observe the session and then
later formed lines for the oppor-
tunity to take photographs and
get signings from the players
following the 90-minute session
conducted by head coach
It was an appreciated wel-
come for the visitors who arrived
in Salt Lake on Sunday evening.
"It's quite good to get the
fans involved especially in places
like this which is somewhat out-
side of the Caribbean or away
from home," said English-based
midfielder Andre Boucaud.
"It's special for the players
because you feel that sense of
what the fans like and appreci-
ate. And we as players like to
engage in these kind of activities.
I think our performance against
them (Mexico) in the Gold Cup
had a really big impact and peo-
ple are starting to follow the
team. Hopefully we could get
that back home as well and get
the fans involved in our cam-
paign. It brings everyone closer,"
the Dagenham and Redbridge
Hart himself saw something
encouraging about the happen-
ings in Salt Lake.
"It's good for the players to
interact and get this kind of
attention when it comes. Of
course we are here to prepare
for a game and nothing changes
about that. We had our first
session which was to get the
legs going and then we get into
it a bit more over the next cou-
ple of days. We still have a cou-
ple players to come in and we'll
take it from there," Hart said.
Yohance Marshall, the scorer
of the fourth and equalising goal
in the 4-4 draw with Mexico
at the Gold Cup, is patiently
awaiting Friday's game.
"It's an exciting period for
us but we have also got to keep
out feet on the ground. There
will be a lot of expectations for
our team after the Gold Cup
performance and particularly
the game against Mexico. A lot
of people will be looking to see
what happens in this game. I
think we need to be patient,
prepare properly and go into
the game making sure we do
all the right things," Marshall
"For me personally I'm look-
ing towards the game with a
lot of anticipation but we see
this game as preparation for a
much bigger stage which is the
World Cup qualification. These
kind of games go a long way in
helping us prepare for the cam-
paign," he added.
Three more players joined the
camp on Monday night includ-
ing Khaleem Hyland, Jonathan
Glenn and Mekeil Williams. San
Jose Earthquakes attacker
Cordell Cato will arrive on
Meantime, official correspon-
dence has been sent by Con-
cacaf to the TTFA that the Copa
America playoff with Haiti will
not take place in October but
at a later date. This therefore
means the TTFA can now pro-
ceed with arranging another
international friendly during
the Fifa window. T&T so far is
scheduled to face Panama on
October 8 in Panama City.
Captain of the T&T Red Steel Dwayne Bravo is
not pleased with the terms and conditions laid out
for women in sport.
As a consequence, he is advocating for the present
imbalance to become a thing of the past.
Starting with better conditions for female athletes,
Bravo also raised concerns about their financial incen-
tives and declared the time had come for women to
receive better pay packets.
In a T&T Guardian interview, Bravo said he believes
more could and should be done for women. "You
have conversations with the women's football team
and the women's netball team...I mean, they are rep-
resenting the country. They are giving their heart
and soul, yet still they have to balance their jobs with
the sport. They already don't get paid well, and it's
unfair for them."
Bravo said: "We as men, maybe, get pay better, I
think. But regardless of what gender, I believe you
should be paid properly if you are representing your
country, because you are putting your life and your
body on the line. To me sports women don't get
treated properly and this is not only in T&T. but
throughout (the world). I think they need to look at
women's sport a lot more seriously."
Commenting on the present state of women's
cricket in the West Indies, the team leader said he
was not pleased.
Bravo declared being both "embarrassed" and in
a "state of shock" over the state of women's cricket
in the region.
"The quality of the cricket? I mean... It's showing
in TV and stuff! It's just not nice for the eyes. I don't
want to comment too much on it because I (will)
really have to get into details. That's why most times
I get in problems," he ended.
LONDON---English Premier League mega club,
Chelsea, has completed the signing of Jamaica inter-
national defender Michael Hector for four million
The 23-year-old, who represents Reading in the
League Championship, made his international debut
three months ago and has since has been capped six
times by the Reggae Boyz.
Hector underwent a medical at Chelsea's Cobham
Training Centre yesterday before signing off on the
contract hours before the 6 pm (1 pm Eastern
Caribbean time) transfer deadline.
The player, however, will remain at Reading on
loan for the remainder of the season.
"Chelsea Football Club have today completed the
signing of Michael Hector from Reading," Chelsea
confirmed on their website.
"The 23-year-old centre-back, who has signed a
five-year-contract, will return to Reading and spend
the remainder of this season on loan at the Madejski
Hector was born in London but qualifies to rep-
resent Jamaica through his father, whose family hails
from Kingston. The East Ham-born player has been
described as a boyhood Chelsea fan and tweeted late
Tuesday "can't believe today."
Hector made 49 appearances in all competitions
for Reading last season while scoring three goals, in
what was a breakout season.
Hector also featured in Jamaica's successful in the
Concacaf Gold Cup in July, when the country became
the first Caribbean side to reach the final before
losing to Mexico. CMC
The West Indies will battle
Sri Lanka in two Test match-
es, three One-Day Interna-
tionals and two T20s from
next month in Sri Lanka.
The regional team will play
the Test matches first, to be
followed by the ODIs and then
the T20 matches. The first Test
of the series will be played
from October 14 but the venue
is yet to be finalised.
The first Test of any series
in Sri Lanka is normally played
at Galle and although this is
the venue that has been sub-
mitted to the West Indies
Cricket Board (WICB), there
is an issue of finance that is
catching the attention of the
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and
they are yet to make a final
decision on the venue.
Sri Lanka Cricket's interim
committee is considering
beginning the upcoming Test
series in Colombo instead of
Galle. With the West Indies
tour not generating big revenue
for the SLC, chances are the
interim committee would pre-
fer playing the two Tests at the
Premadasa Stadium to cut
It is understood that the TV
broadcasting rights, will net
the SLC a total of TT$2.1m.
This is lower compared to what
they got for the other two
home series which involved
Pakistan TT$2.6M and the
Indian series where they got
Although the SLC owns the
ground at Galle, it still has to
pay the Galle Municipality
taxes when a Test match is
staged there. They have to fork
out TT$5800 per day, in addi-
tion to other overhead costs.
So it is likely that both Test
matches will be played in
Colombo in order to cut costs.
The first two ODIs will be
played in Colombo as well and
then the teams will travel to
Pallekele for the third and final
They then play the first T20
game at Pallekele before going
back to Colombo for the final
game before leaving for the
Bravo bats for
more $$ for
Reggae Boyz' Hector
Two Tests for Windies in Sri Lanka
FIRST TEST October 14 -
Sri Lanka v West Indies at
SECOND TEST October
22 - Sri Lanka v West Indies
at Colombo (PSS).
Lanka v West Indies at
Colombo (RPS), 1st ODI
Lanka v West Indies at
Colombo (RPS), 2nd ODI
Lanka v West Indies at
Pallekele, 3rd ODI
Lanka v West Indies at
Pallekele, 1st T20I (night).
SECOND T20 - Sri Lanka
v West Indies at Colombo
(RPS), 2nd T20I (night).
WEST INDIES VS SRI LANKA FIXTURES
Soca Warriors players go through a warm-up exercise during a training session on Monday evening at
Lakeside Park, Salt Lake, Utah, in preparations for their international friendly against Mexico at the
Rio Tinto Stadium, on Friday night. PHOTOS COURTESY TTFA MEDIA
Warriors in demand
in Salt Lake City
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