Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 25th 2015 Contents A46
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With three weeks to go before the Soca
Warriors kicked off their 2018 Concacaf
Semifinal Round Group C qualifiers away
to Guatemala on November 13, coach
Stephen Hart is yet to sign his new contract
offered by T&T Football Association (TTFA)
president Raymond Tim Kee.
Contacted yesterday for an update on his
contract talks with the TTFA, Hart said, "I
have not gotten around to putting pen to
paper on the new deal offered because of two
"The first is that with president Raymond
Tim Kee being on a busy schedule over the
past couple of weeks and we have not been
able to sit down and really discuss the details
of the deal on offer.
"In addition, for me there are things that
I need to see being done with regards to our
preparations for the World Cup qualifiers
which are under a month away, and at the
moment quite frankly they are not falling into
place as quick as I would like them to."
During his tenure as coach of the team,
Hart, whose contract ended with T&T s final
match at the CONCACAF Gold Cup---a 6-
5 sudden-death penalty-kicks loss to Panama
after a 1-1 draw in their quarterfinal---enjoyed
record of 12 wins, nine losses and four draws.
Since then, as interim-boss he has con-
tinued to coach the team to a 1-0 win over
Panama in Panama City and two drawn
results, 3-3 with Mexico and 0-0 at home
to Nicaragua in this country s final warm-
up before kicking off its qualifying campaign.
Overall, he has a record of 13 wins, nine
loses and six draws in 28 matches as coach
of the Soca Warriors.
Looking ahead to the start of the campaign,
Hart admitted that he was more than satisfied
with the group of players he has to choose
"I have a core group, so for me it will be
about making sure that I get the right balance
for the matches.
"In some areas of the field we have a bigger
pool to choose from than it other areas, so
it will be about getting it right."
Asked how the current dispute involving
the TTFA boss and his general secretary, Shel-
don Phillips, who was axed on Monday, was
affecting his staff, Hart replied, "It s not a
distraction to me."
Tim Kee will face challenges from W Con-
nection owner/president David John-Williams,
Veteran Footballers Foundation of T&T
(VFFOTT) vice-president Selby Browne, for-
mer World Cup referee Ramesh Ramdhan
and vice-president of the T&T Referees Asso-
ciation Clynt Taylor for the top local football
position when elections are held on November
29.However, Hart said, "My job is a technical
one and has to do with the coaching of the
team, so the administrative or political aspect
of things with regards to the federation is not
something I will get involved in.
"The thing is there is an election to be held
soon, and whether the president stays in
charge or someone else comes in, they will
all have decisions to make with regards to
the national team and once our vision for the
national team is the same, there should be
Following the World Cup qualifier away to
the Guatemala on November 13, T&T will
then host USA four days later at Hasely Craw-
ford Stadium, Mucurapo.
T&T Under-20 Women Soca Warriors
booked a spot in the CONCACAF finals after
beating Puerto Rico 4-3 on sudden-death
penalty-kicks following a 1-1 draw at the
end of regulation and extra-time in their
Caribbean Football Union third place playoff
in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Friday.
Playing in the penultimate match of the
seven-team tournament at the Sylvio Cator
Stadium, both T&T and Puerto Rico were
faced with a must-win situation to qualify
after host Haiti and defending champion
Jamaica won their semifinal matches on
Wednesday to secure two of the three available
T&T, with Celeste Thomas back in the
team after missing the 2-0 loss to Haiti in
the semifinal due to suspension, started
brightly and dominated the midfield early,
but it was the Puerto Ricans who grabbed
the early goal in the sixth minute from the
penalty-spot via Andriana Font.
The Renee Mike-captained U-20 Women s
Soca Warriors then had to change gears a bit
and get back in the game, which they even-
tually did, when Chevonne John latched onto
a Kedie Johnson cross to head home for a 1-
1 score in the 24th minute, after which both
teams failed to add to their tally in the first
The second half saw both teams going at
each other with opportunities at both ends
and this carried through until the final whistle
in regulation time.
In the extra-time period, the T&T women
looked the stronger of both teams but failed
to make their superiority count, which saw
the match going into the dreaded penalty-
In the penalties, T&T did not get off to
the best of starts as Swasha Woznuk saw her
attempt pushed onto the upright while Puerto
Rico also missed.
Johnson then converted for T&T before
vice-captain Naomie Guerrea s attempt was
saved followed by successful strikes from
team-mates Kelsey Henry and Shaunalee
Govia for a 3-3 score at the end of the first
five attempts from each team. T&T goalkeeper
Rebecca Almondoz saved Puerto Rico s final
kick, which would have seen the spanish-
speaking squad advance.
John then stepped up and scored T&T s
first effort in sudden-death, while Puerto
Rico hit the post to hand T&T victory and
a place in the CONCACAF Finals to be held
in Honduras, December 3-13.
In the CFU U-20 final, host Haiti blanked
Jamaica 2-0 with a goal in the 19th minute
from Batcheba Louis and a second-half strike
from captain Kensia Destinvil.
Three teams from the Concacaf eight-team
finals will advance to the 2016 Fifa Under-
20 Women s World Cup in Papua New
Hart yet to sign
U-20 women book CONCACAF spot
He kept in skipper Jason Holder s ear all
the time, telling him he could get the break-
through. Well, Kraigg Brathwaite got more
than that and ended with half-a-dozen wick-
ets to give the West Indies a chance of squar-
ing the Sobers/Tissera Test series, at the end
of a rain shortened third day of the second
and final match at the P Sara Oval in Colom-
bo.The Barbadian grabbed 6/29 to humble Sri
Lanka for 206 all out and in the process setting
up a victory target of 244 runs for his team
to chase. However, his day did not end on a
perfect note as he perished leg before wicket
to Dhamika Prasad just before rain came down
at 2.30 pm to wash out the remainder of the
day s play, with the West Indies 20/1.
Brathwaite said that when the fifth wicket
partnership was ongoing he told Holder to
give him a bowl as he would get the wicket
"I just got a feeling that I would get a break-
through, so I kept in Jason s ear and and he
finally gave me the ball and told me to just
keep it tight. I was able to get wickets and
keep us in the Test match.
"It is going to be difficult tomorrow but
once our batting unit stays patient, I think
that we will get the runs. There is assistance
there for the spinners but the guys need to
stay positive and patient and runs will come."
Despite rain hanging around play got under-
way on time and immediately the West Indies
took to the Sri Lankans. Resuming on the bed-
time position of 71/2 the home team quickly
slipped to 84 for four.
Debutant Jomel Warrican produced the first
cheer for the Caribbean men as he had the
scalp of Kaushal Silva for 39. Soon after, Jerome
Taylor cut Dinesh Chandimal in half with a
beautiful inswinger and Denesh Ramdin
grabbed the nick to complete his second catch
of the morning. Sri Lankan nerves were calmed
after that by a fifth wicket partnership of 67
between the free flowing Malinda Siriwardana
and skipper Angelo Mathews. Siriwadana
played without caution and thrilled the handful
of Sri Lankans at the ground, twice carrying
the ball over the ropes.
Looking to manufacture a wicket from
somewhere, Holder pulled a master stroke by
throwing the ball into the hands of part-timer
Brathwaite and the rest would prove to go
down in history.
He cleaned men up with alarming ease,
aided by some poor shots and brilliant catching
by the Jamaican Jermaine Blackwood, who
would end with five. Siriwardana was the first
to fall to Brathwaite for a 60-ball 42 that
included three fours and two sixes.
Getting less turn than every other spinner
who plied their trade on this pitch must have
been the key to his success. Brathwaite main-
tained a line just on or about the off stump
and this gave Blackwood at first slip plenty
His biggest scalp was Mathews, who was
intent on occupying the crease and looking to
dig his team out of a hole. He was finally dis-
missed for 46, realised in 153 minutes off 120
balls with three fours. Wicket after wicket,
Brathwaite seemed to be more and more sur-
prised and at the end his figures read six for
29. It was the second best by a West Indian
against Sri Lanka after Corey Collymore s 7/55.
He was also the first Barbadian bowling off-
spin to have taken five or more wickets in a
Due to the time loss due to the rain today,
play will get underway at 9.45 am on the
Windies 244 away from win
T&T Under-20 Women Soca Warriors pose with their third placed medals after beating Puerto
Rico 4-3 on sudden-death penalty-kicks following a 1-1 draw at the end of regulation and
extra-time in their Caribbean Football Union third place playoff at the Sylvio Cator Stadium,
Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Friday night.
WI vs S Lanka
S Lanka 1st inns 200 all out
WI 1st inns 163 all out
Sri Lanka 2nd inns
D Karunaratne c Bishoo b Taylor
K Silva c Blackwood b Warrican
K Mendis c Ramdin b Warrican
D Chandimal c Ramdin b Taylor
A Mathews c Blackwood b Brathwaite 46
M Siriwardana c Blackwood b Brathwaite 42
K Perera c Ramdin b Brathwaite
R Herath c Blackwood b Brathwaite
D Perera c Roach b Brathwaite
D Prasad not out
N Pradeep c Blackwood b Brathwaite
Extras: 2lb, 2b
Total all out
Fall of wkts: 0, 55, 84, 84, 151 165,195, 203,
Bowling: Taylor 8-3-26-2, Roach 6-1-15-0,
Holder 5-1-9-0, Warrican 25-2-62-2, Bishoo 20-
3-61-0, Brathwaite 11.3-4-29-6.
WI 2nd innings
K Brathwaite lbw Prasad
S Hope not out
Total for 1 wkt
Fall of wkts: 20.
Bowling: D Prasad 5-2-4-1, N Pradeep 1-0-8-0,
R Herath 3-1-8-0.
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