Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 1st 2015 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, October 1, 2015
Columbus Crew mid-
fielder Kevan George is
counting down the days
to this country s opening
pair of 2018 World Cup
Guatemala and United
States on November 13
player has been a regular
in the T&T squad and has
also been pretty solid for
Columbus in the Amer-
ican MLS despite being
in and out of the starting
"The season is going great for us as
a team so far, but we aren t satisfied
until we are atop of the Eastern con-
ference and advance to the MLS Cup
final game when anything can happen,"
"This season has been very up and
down for me with not getting a lot of
minutes consistently, but that s part of
the challenge of being a professional
footballer. I have been tested a lot this
year and it has strengthened me and
helped me to be smarter in everything
just get on with it and prepare for my
next opportunity to help my country
prepare advance through the stages of
the World Cup qualifiers."
George has been called up for the
October 8 international friendly away
to Panama and he is eager to don the
national shirt again as the "Soca War-
riors" prepare for the start of the Con-
cacaf semifinal round in November.
"The next couple friendly games com-
ing up will be the most important games
for us going in to the Guatemala and
USA game. We can t predict how our
opponents will play but we can control
what we can by just continuing to build
on the principles from the gold Cup.
Mentally, we must be checked in at the
commencement of the camp before the
Panama game and carry the focus
throughout the entire qualification
"With a strong camp and great show-
ing in both upcoming friendlies, there
is no reason for us to not get some good
results in November," George said.
T&T will also host Nicaragua in a
friendly in Port of Spain on October 13.
Connection coach pleads for players
to put in extra work
DirecTV W Connection head coach
Stuart Charles-Fevrier, the longstanding
man at the helm of the local Pro League
powerhouse, is making a desperate plea
for local players to more time to their
Fevrier was stressing the lack of the
club to unearth another natural goalscor-
er, the type of forward that could tally
20 goals in a season, something he says
the club has not had since the days of
St Lucian Earl Jean. He believes home-
based players are not doing enough on
"Players now are hardly doing work
on their own. It s a different generation.
In the years before, players would go
out and do extra work on their own to
improve themselves. There were times
when players would go on the field with
their friends and practice.
You would put numbers
on different areas of the
goal without a goalkeeper
and try to hit the target.
But players don t do those
things anymore," he said.
But Fevrier says he will
continue to make the
effort to help players
realise the importance of
proper work ethic.
"I always tell players
that in life one sure way
to get success is to fall in
love with your work. A
lot of players like the game, they like
what the game gives them but the work
ethic is missing. Sometimes I call training
sessions with some of them just to see
if I can get them to develop good habits.
We don t have goalscorers like long ago.
Before you could see goalscorers like
Bobby Sookram, Steve David, Ron La
Forest and Leroy Spann and they would
tell you the amount of work they would
put in and they would have good exe-
cution and technique," Fevrier said.
"Goalscoring is the most important
thing in football and that is why it is
the most difficult. It is an art."
Fevrier made these comments at the
end of Connection s campaign in the
Concacaf Champions League last
Bateau makes Russian
"Team of the Week"
T&T defender Sheldon Bateau was
name on the Russian Premier League
"Team of the week".
Bateau put in a solid performance for
his club Krylya Sovetov in their 0-0
draw with Dinamo Moscow on Sunday
to move to 14 points in seventh spot on
the 16-team league table.
Also making the "Team of the Week"
was Brazilian striker Hulk for his per-
formance for Zenit Saint Petersburg.
Bateau was modest about the recog-
"Thanks but there s nothing much
to say about it. I m just happy to see
my hard work pay off but one best eleven
of the week is not enough. I want more
and that s my intention. This one was
just for encouragement to work even
harder and to be consistent," said the
former Jabloteh and KV Mechelen play-
John among legends
recognised by Columbus
Stern John was among a collection
of club legends invited to Mapfre Sta-
dium on Saturday to honour the unveil-
ing of the top moments in Columbus
Crew SC history.
He joined former US internationals
Brian McBride and Brad Friedel as the
club celebrated its biggest achievers at
their home game with Portland Tim-
John still holds the record for the most
goals in a season by a Columbus player
when he netted 26 times in 1998. How-
ever, current Crew forward Kei Kamara
is closing in with 22 goals so far this
"Records are meant to be broken,"
John said. "And he s been having a great
season. It was great to go back to
the club. It brought back a lot of
great memories for me and hope-
fully the club can continue growing
and achieving great things."
John made his mark at Columbus
before signing his first deal in Eng-
land with Nottingham Forest in
Shaun Fuentes is the Director
of Communications for TTFA.
George warming up for November qualifiers
Sheldon Bateau in action for his Russian club.
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