Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 22nd 2015 Contents Scoring 15 goals in seven inter-
national matches is by no means a
lousy record in international football
today. So to say the "Soca Warriors"
ishing department based on the
recent 0-0 draw with Nicaragua is
not a fair statement.
Dating back to the 1-0 win over
Haiti just prior to the CONCACAF
Gold Cup in July, the "Soca Warriors"
have scored in every game leading
up to the 0-0 draw with Nicaragua,
including seven goals against Gold
Cup champion Mexico. The scorers
include Keron Cummings (three),
Kenwyne Jones (three), Sheldon
Bateau (two), Joevin Jones (two), with
Jonathan Glenn, Yohance Marshall,
Willis Plaza, Andre Boucaud and
Radanfah Abu Bakr, getting one each.
They have conceded ten, including
seven in the two clashes with Mexico.
The improvement in goalscoring
followed a small drought up until
the loss to Jordan in June.
Of course, goals win matches and
it will be an important factor in the
upcoming World Cup qualifiers
beginning with the pair of games
with Guatemala and United States
next November 13 and 17, respec-
"I don t think there should be any
worrying factor or panic about not
being able to score goals just based
on the 0-0 draw with Nicaragua,"
said defender Yohance Marshall.
"We have been scoring goals
although we have missed a few
chances as well. I think once we con-
tinue to work on our areas which we
know need addressing then we
should be fine for the two upcoming
games. A good period together before
the Guatemala game, maybe three
or four days will be important for
us. Defensively we will like to be
more efficient and avoid any soft
goals and I think finishing wise we
will get it right."
T&T head coach Stephen Hart
also added: "We created numerous
chances and to say I was unhappy
with the performance because of the
result (against Nicaragua) would not
be a fair statement.
"Of course we are aware that
chances are there to be taken and
we cannot afford to let them go by
but we ll continue to plug away with
the right approach and mentality
which the players have demonstrated
so far and go out there with the
intention of getting the best possible
start to the campaign."
Coker confident of Beach
team s chances in W/Cup
National beach football team goal-
keeper Zane Coker believes this
country is on the right path to success
and he is predicting that the team
will be strong contenders for a spot
at the 2017 FIFA Beach World Cup
in the Bahamas.
Coker was speaking after the
recent success of the team at the
Lucayan Cup Challenge in the
Bahamas where they defeated Mexico
(5-4) and Bahamas 5-3 to win the
"There is no limit to the success
this team can attain at the moment.
We have the players with the right
attitude and professional approach.
We have the cohesiveness and broth-
erhood within the team which has
been a major factor for us," Coker
"The World Cup campaign is the
big stage we always look forward to.
I would not say we are a minor pow-
erhouse. Being the number one
Caribbean team and having victories
over Guatemala and Mexico means
we are up there with the best."
Some of the other players who
have been outstanding for the beach
football team include Kevon "Show-
time" Woodley, David McDougall,
Chad Apoo and Lemuel Lyon. Coker
who played in Switzerland earlier
this year said there are now oppor-
tunities for his countrymen to play
"It was an amazing experience for
me in Switzerland. Just going out
there and portraying the same pro-
fessionalism and efforts of playing
with the beach national team made
it an easy transition. I went out there
and just did what I had to do and
flying the red, white and black out
in Europe. There are avenues now
for me and other players of the
national beach soccer team to play
in some of the overseas Leagues," he
Coker will now look forward to
playing in the Tobago Beach Soccer
Championship from November 13-
15 of which Barcelona FC s beach
football team will be a participating
Wales completes UEFA
Local FIFA assistant referee Caleb
Wales has obtained an UEFA assistant
refereeing diploma after completing
developmental courses hosted by
UEFA at its headquarters in Switzer-
land in September.
Wales has been a referee since
2006 and an international assistant
referee since 2013. His recent inter-
national assignments included the
CONCACAF Final round of Under-
20 Men s World Cup qualifying in
January as well as three CONCACAF
2018 World Cup qualifying matches
including Canada versus Dominica
and Aruba versus St Vincent/
Grenadines, one of T&T s upcoming
opponents in the semi final round
beginning next month.
Wales, who grew up in Morvant,
is a St Mary s College and University
of the West Indies (UWI) graduate
and is also employed by the Ministry
of Trade and Industry as an Infor-
mation Technology (IT) specialist.
Commenting on the UEFA Centre
of Refereeing Excellence (CORE)
courses in April and September for
which he was among a selected group
chosen to partake, Wales said, "It
was mostly technical and the instruc-
tors assessed by performances at
international games and they taught
me how to critically analyse my per-
formances with the aim of improving
myself. There were a lot of physical
tests and I was able to achieve high
"It s a hard journey as a referee
because you have to start from the
bottom and work your way up. My
aim is to reach the highest level which
is reaching a World Cup. I have to
keep pressing and working hard to
Wales also credited the TTFA s ref-
erees committee for their contribu-
tion to his development, saying: "I ve
had a tremendous amount help from
the TTFA referees committees. They
have a lot of experience with former
FIFA World Cup referees like Ramesh
Ramdhan and Michael Ragoonath
who saw where I came from and
they have pushed me along the way
and continue to guide me."
Shaun Fuentes is the Director of
Communications for the TTFA.
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Warriors look to add to impressive goal tally
Soca Warriors celebrate Yohance Marshall's last gasp equaliser versus Mexico at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
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