Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 22nd 2016 Contents seven titles last season. It all comes
down to the attitude."
Last Tuesday, Central edged Club
Sando in a hard-fought 2-1 while Con-
nection, this season s First Citizens Cup
and Toyota Classic champions, thrashed
Point Fortin Civic 7-1.
However Saunders is not fazed by
that result saying: "Winning is an atti-
tude---sometimes you win easy and
sometimes it s a hard win. We are happy
for the win (against Sando). It was a
confidence booster for us."
The Sharks are two points ahead of
their rivals in second on the standing
with 24 points. Connection are in third
but both trail leaders Defence Force
which are on 27 points and are unde-
feated in their last six games. Their
record shows five wins and one draw.
Also at the Couva venue today, sixth
placed San Juan Jabloteh (17 points)
will come up against fourth Police FC
(21 points) from 8 pm.
Trinidad and Tobago s National
Futsal team will kick off their
Caribbean Football Union (CFU)
qualifying campaign against
Antigua/Barbuda at the Sala Poli-
valente Kid Chocolate in Cuba today
at 5.30 pm (4.30 pm Cuban time).
T&T will need to top the group
to automatically qualify for the CON-
CACAF Finals which will be held in
Costa Rica in May. T&T, coached by
Clayton Morris, faces Guyana in their
second outing on Saturday and Cura-
cao a day later.
T&T head coach Clayton Morris
said his team which includes the
likes of experienced Futsal players
Jerwyn Balthazar of the Defence
Force and goalkeeper Kevin Graham,
will be aiming to stamp their author-
ity on the tournament from early.
"We are looking to win all three
games and get into the CONCACAF
round without having to depend on
any other results," Morris said.
"Our team is well balanced and
the players are committed to getting
a job done in Cuba. We may not
have played much international
games with this new bunch but there
are players who have played at this
level before since we last won the
Caribbean title in 2008. And there-
fore I believe we ll be on solid
T&T s second opponent, Guyana
will be under the guidance of Guyana
Football Federation (GFF) Technical
Director, Claude Bolton and their
team includes the likes of Konata
Mannings, Eusi Phillips, Daniel
Favourite, Solomon Austin, Jerome
Richardson, Travis Grant, Daniel
Wilson, Sherwin Skeete and Richard
Jamaica meantime, which is in the
other group with Cuba, is by former
Reggae Boyz senior team head coach
Theodore Whitmore, Guadeloupe
and St Maarten are the other teams
in the group.
The top two teams at the CFU
Futsal Championship will advance
to the CONCACAF stage with the
third placed team meeting the third
placed team from Central America,
for the third spot.
Between 10 September and 1
October this year, Colombia is set
to host the eighth edition of the FIFA
Futsal World Cup, where a total of
24 national teams will be competing
for the title currently held by Brazil---
who at Thailand 2012 claimed the
crown for the fifth time.
The final four spots at the Futsal
World Cup will be decided at the
CONCACAF Futsal Championship,
taking place in San Jose, Costa Rica,
between 8 and 15 May. To date, only
holders Mexico and hosts Costa Rica
have their involvement confirmed,
with the other six competing nations
to emerge from the Caribbean Foot-
ball Union (CFU) qualifying cham-
pionship (22-26 January, Cuba, 2.5
places available); the North American
Football Union play-off (United
States and Canada will play off over
5 and 6 May); and the Central Amer-
ican Football Union (UNCAF) qual-
ifying championship (21-31 January
in Guatemala; 2.5 places). The play-
off tie between the third-placed fin-
ishers in the CFU and UNCAF
championships will be held over 5
and 6 May.
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in CFU opener
Left to right: Kerry Joseph, Cyrano Glen, Jerwyn Balthazar, Kevin Graham (GK), Jameel Neptune, Anthony Small,
Ishmael Daniel, Bevon Bass, Geoffrey Edwards (President---Futsal Association of Trinidad & Tobago). Hidden
behind J Neptune is Colin Joseph. Missing is Adrian Pirthysingh (GK).
The T&T Marathon Committee
(TTMC) organised weekend of
events was a great success with
entries for the International
Marathon on Sunday being 50
per cent up on 2015, according to
a release from the organisaing
Among the spectators on hand
to cheer the finishers was President
Popular winner was Mark Chep-
ses of Kenya who has now run the
race five times, previously placing
second or third. This year he out-
sprinted the 2015 winner Juan Car-
los Cardona Rios of Colombia to
score a narrow win.
The first female was also a
Kenyan, Leah Kigen who was mak-
ing her fourth appearance, three
of which have resulted in victory.
Like Chepses, the affable Kigen is
very popular in T&T. After the race
she said that she always feels at
This year, the organisers took
the decision to replace the half
marathon with a marathon relay
with six runners per team each
running one sixth of the total dis-
tance. This event was a sell out
and brought excitement to the
Olympians, with Nicholas Lan-
deau anchoring, were the first team
across the line. Behind Olympians
were some very talented runners
in Mathew Hagley and Kendis
Bullard representing the Defence
Force Athletic Team.
Several very distinguished per-
sons took to the road in support
of the #10Golds24 initiative,
including Chief Justice, Ivor Archie
leading his Chief Justice Posse.
Other notable entrants were the
Office of the President led by first
lady Her Excellency Reema Car-
mona, former World Boxing
Champion Ria Ramnarine who
anchored Fine Light Fight Factory
and soca star Fay Anne Lyons who
ran for the team with the catchy
name of "Wet Man/Yuh Want
A special category in the relay
was reserved for schools and Maple
Leaf International School raced
ahead to clinch that prize.
The Marathon and Relay both
started promptly at 5 am, on what
was a comparatively cool morning.
There was an earlier start at 3.30
am for walkers and slower runners
who expected to take at least 5
hours to complete the course.
An early starter for the second
year running was Brian Lewis, Pres-
ident of the Olympic Association.
Lewis has set a target of 10 gold
medals for T&T by 2024
(#10Gold24) and for the second
year running, has walked the talk
through the TTIM, gaining publicity
to increase financial support for
the Athlete Preparation Fund.
The weekend of events started
on Saturday with a 5K event; the
winners of the male and female
categories were, respectively, Collin
Pereira and Dominique Martineau.
Besides the host country territories
represented over the weekend
included Andorra, Colombia,
Grenada, Guyana, Kenya, St Lucia,
Panama, USA and Britain.
Central FC and W Connection,
last season s Digicel Pro League
champs and runner-up respec-
tively, will renew their rivalry on
Sunday from 4 pm at the Ato
Boldon Stadium in Couva in
Round Two Match Day Four of
the T&T Pro League.
The much anticipated clash
between the powerhouses in local
football will provide an opportunity
for Central FC interim coach Dale
Saunders to prove his worth at the
helm of the team in what is being
called "The Couva Classico."Under
Saunders to date, the Central
"Sharks" are undefeated in five
league matches with four wins and
From these matches, the Sharks
have scored 16 goals and conceded
just one, but the team under Saun-
ders will be meeting the "Savonetta
Boys" of W Connection for the
Yesterday, Saunders said: "We
would love to win the game but
we know Connection is a great
Saunders, served as assistant
coach to Zoran Vranes, Terry Fen-
wick and Ross Russell at Central
FC up to late last year before the
latter was fired. He said: "The main
thing was to change the attitude
of the players. What I worked on
was simply getting the players back
in the frame of mind that won us
Saunders aims to take 'Couva Clasico'
Incident-free marathon earns praise
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