Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 15th 2015 Contents Midfielder Kevin Molino is pro-
gressing with his recovery from a
serious ACL injury and subsequent
surgery in May.
Reports are that the Orlando City
player will resume field training in
December. He will return to the training
field to begin running in a straight line
and working on his touches.
He is on a strict rehab programme
working daily with a personal trainer
as well as the medical staff at Orlando
City. He is running in the gym and
is undergoing heavy weight training.
Word is he is likely to receive clearance
from Orlando to return to play in Jan-
uary but it could be a bit longer
depending on his progress.
"It s been coming along well but it
has been frustrating at times. I have
to be patient but missing games and
seeing my teammates on the national
team and the club take the field is
not something any player likes," Moli-
"But I will not rush this process.
The most important thing is to get
back fully fit and healthy.
"Right now I m excited to see the
progress of the national team, I ve
followed all the games and I m in
touch with the players regularly. That
helps to keep my spirit up. I ll be back
with them in a few months."
Beach Boys show
progress on the sand
T&T s success at the Lucayan Cup
Challenge in Bahamas last weekend
is being viewed as a major stepping
stone for this country s national beach
football team as they look ahead to
qualification for the 2017 FIFA Beach
Football World Cup.
The national team was invited by
hosts Bahamas to compete against
giants Mexico and the hosts as they
prepare for the staging of the World
Cup in 2017. And T&T did not dis-
appoint, shocking the Mexicans 5-4
in their opening game on Saturday
before defeating Bahamas 5-3 the fol-
lowing day to capture the title.
T&T head coach Benny Astorga
attributed his team s showing to com-
mitment and long hours on the sand.
"This was a major accomplishment
for the guys. Our first World Cup
qualifying game a few years ago was
against Mexico and we lost and to
now come and defeat them shows
that there has been progress over the
past two to three years. It s a good
feeling for us," Astorga said.
The T&T team included players
such as Club Sando s Kevon Woodley,
David McDougall, Zane Coker and
Chad Apoo which made it a formi-
dable side for the match ups.
"We have players with a lot of expe-
rience having been to two Concacaf
Finals and the interest is growing.
Hopefully we can stay together and
continue with the kind of preparations
that will help us to keep on improving
as we head into the qualifiers," Astorga
David: Team unity
The progress shown by the national
senior men s team over the past six
months of so deserves a fair amount
Following defeats to Jamaica in the
Caribbean Cup Finals in October and
then a 1-0 defeat to Panama with a
largely home-based team in March,
the "Soca Warriors" have risen to the
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THE PRO LOOK
Kevin Molino...recovery progressing well.
call, particularly after the dis-
mal showing in Jordan.
Two successive draws with
Mexico which provided non-
stop action and enjoyable goals
and then a win away to Pana-
ma have provided evidence
that the team is on track but
will need to continue to plug-
ging away heading into the
Concacaf semi-final World
Cup qualifying round next
Defender Aubrey David, who
is based in Kazakhstan, believes
that a strong team unity on
and off the pitch is a major
factor in the team s run.
"We have a strong bond. A
lot of us have played together
from the youth teams come
up and then with new players
that may be coming in, we
make it our duty to make
everyone fit it and to learn
more about each other on a
daily basis, especially when we
are in camp," David said.
"This journey so far has
been a great one. We have our
ups and downs but it s all part
of the process of building the
right team to go forward. Play-
ers will fight for each other
and we have a staff that is
going all out to ensure things
are in place.
"There will always be some
bit of challenges but so far we
have shown that we can over-
come them and keep moving
forward. That is very impor-
tant for us as a team.
"Hopefully the support will
come for us. I think once we
continue to get the right
preparations then beating the
best teams in Concacaf is not
impossible for us."
Shaun Fuentes is the direc-
tor of communications for
Molino progressing with rehab
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