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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, February 4, 2016
the latest player
who has repre-
sented this coun-
try to join the
ranks in Europe
after signing with
division club FC
er this week.
expected to be
unveiled as a new
member of the club today.
The former Queen s Royal College midfielder is a
past member of Santa Rosa FC and is the second
player from the club to make headlines in the last
few weeks following the participation of John Paul
Rochford at a training stint with Manchester City
FC through the Digicel Kickstart program.
Muckette said he was quite thrilled to be entering
the European circuit. He joins a list of players to
have played in Portugal including Russell Latapy,
Leonson Lewis, Clint Marcelle, Wesley Webb, Akudo
Goodridge, Sean Cooper, Aurtis Whitley and Cornell
Glen among others
"I am happy to be here. I m delighted to have
signed with FC Barreirense and very excited to play
and see where this move will take me. Playing pro-
fessional football has always been my dream and I
am grateful to be living it," Muckette said on Tuesday.
Muckette joined the club on trial in early January
and will now try to break into the starting line up
during their current mid-season period.
"Since I arrived for the trial in the first week of
January it has been a great experience. I think I have
been fitting in well in training and with the players.
The only struggle is not being able to understand
what they are saying but I am embracing it as part
of the experience. We are in mid-season so I just
want to show what I can do and really earn my place
on the team by playing well."
Muckette wants to get on the scoring chart imme-
diately and has his eyes on a possible national senior
team call up at some point.
Appoo keeps beach soccer dreams alive
National beach soccer player Chad Appoo is cur-
rently nursing a ruptured ACL but has not given up
hope on representing this country as the CONCACAF
Beach Soccer final round of qualifying later this year.
Appoo, a former St Mary s college player, was
involved in the Lucayan Cup Challenge in Bahamas
last year when T&T defeated powerhouse Mexico
and Bahamas to win the tournament. He also has
experience playing in the Swiss Beach Soccer League
with top club Swiss Chargers.
Appoo spoke about the national team s preparations
for the World Cup campaign, saying "The support
from the Association has been tremendous, they
took us under their umbrella and we ve been provided
with training gear and equipment." "The preparations
have been progressive, the coaching staff is always
on the look out for new talent and the players welcome
the new competition as well. Hopefully, we can get
some more International matches (like the Lucayan
Cup) in before the next qualifiers.
"Two years from now I hope to have helped
Trinidad and Tobago qualify for its first ever Beach
Soccer World Cup. Also, for me I d like to return to
Europe and play in a couple of leagues there.," Appoo
Tough decision leaving T&T in the 80s - Hart
National Senior Men s Team head coach Stephen
Hart, during a recent interview, spoke about his deci-
sion to migrate to Canada in the early 80s.
Hart has completed his time at St Benedict s College
Muckette ready for Portugal chapter
THE PRO LOOK
BY SHAUN FUENTES
and had played for San Fernando Strikers
and Texaco in the local league and at age
20 he was selected to the national senior
team by then headcoach Alvin Corneal to
prepare for the 1982 World Cup qualifiers.
"I had a tough decision to make, I was
selected by coach Alvin Corneal for prepa-
ration for the 1982 WCQ, at 20 yrs old and
it was a dream.
However, I had a good job, but I also
wanted to experience life outside of T&T.
University offered me that opportunity and
I jumped at it. Though I was having a good
run in the top league at the time and scoring
regularly, I have to be honest, I am not sure
if I would have made the squad at that
time," Hart told Some Soccer Playing Cana-
Hart who played seven matches for T&T,
was asked to comment on his success with
T&T since taking the head coach job in
2013. He replied : "I would not say that it
was great success, but we had a good run
in two successive Gold Cups, which were
quite similar to when I was in charge of
Canada."With T&T the response from the
players has been tremendous, considering
the hardships they face and the well doc-
umented financial constraints faced by the
Association. Another plus is that we have
quite a few very attacking players with good
Hart s next assignment is two 2018 World
Cup qualifiers away to St
Vincent/Grenadines on March 25th and at
home on Match 29th.
•Shaun Fuentes is the Director of Commu-
nications for the
Trinidad and Tobago Football Association.
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