Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 8th 2016 Contents A46
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, November 8, 2016
The Trinidad and Tobago Football Asso-
ciation (TTFA) yesterday received official
clearance from FIFA for John Bostock to
represent this country s National Senior
Men s Team.
The correspondence from FIFA was received
by the TTFA which has declared Bostock eli-
gible to play for T&T. This also means that
Bostock cannot play for any other country
from now as FIFA rules state once a player
has switched nationality once, he cannot
make a second change to become eligible for
"It s good news for us," T&T head coach
Stephen Hart said as he thanked the TTFA
for its efforts in securing the necessary doc-
umentation for Bostock. "Obviously it s been
a long time for this to come through going
back to March, and I would like to thank the
FA for taking all the necessary steps and seeing
it through to the end."
Bostock previously represented England in
official competition at the youth level. His
father is Trinidad and Tobago-born which
allows him to play for T&T.
He was in line to make his T&T debut during
the semifinal rounds of the qualifiers but was
delayed due to problems with his paper work.
He was among a group of players who were
absent yesterday when the squad started its
preparations for Friday s World Cup qualifier
against Costa Rica but is expected to arrive
in the country today to take his place on the
The two session were held at the Hasely
Crawford Stadium and missing were Levi
Garcia, Sheldon Bateau, Joevin Jones, Jomal
Williams, Yohance Marshall and Bostock,
who are all expected to join the squad today.
Aubrey David missed the first session but
arrived in time to train with the team later
in the afternoon.
Hart yesterday added US-based midfielder
Ataulla Guerra to his squad.
Guerra who is back in the country on off
season away from his club Charleston Battery,
joined the camp as the 24th player.
The 28-year-old midfielder made 26
appearances for Charleston Battery.
He is a former player with Caledonia AIA,
San Juan Jabloteh, Central FC and ROPS of
Hart is expected to have his full squad from
Costa Rica will arrive here on Thursday,
on the eve of Friday s match.
Tickets are on sale at all lotto outlets at
$350 (covered) and $200 (uncovered).
POTCHEFSTROOM---Bowling coach Roddy
Estwick believes West Indies can build on
last week s Test win over Pakistan and use
it to create a new culture in the embattled
West Indies have endured a lean run of
late in the longest format but broke out of
their prolonged slump when they beat Pak-
istan by five wickets in the third and final
Test in Sharjah.
Estwick said the victory was more than
just a triumph as it had served as a template
of how West Indies ought to approach their
cricket going forward.
"What we ve got to do is build on it. We ve
got to make sure that anybody coming into
the side now would see a culture of hard
work and discipline and once you can achieve
that, [improvements will come]," Estwick
"[When players] come in, you don t sit
back, you ve got to work hard and if you
want to stay in the unit, you ve got to be
prepared to work hard and stay disciplined.
West Indies cricket is very important to all
of us and especially to the people of the
"I know it s only one game we ve won but
we ve won because of hard work and proper
planning. We re trying to take the cricket to
another level and once we continue to do
that, we ve got a greater chance of success."
The match was the only success for the
Windies on tour after suffering 3-0 white-
washes in the Twenty20 and One-Day Inter-
national series, and also losing the first two
Tests of that three-match rubber.
West Indies lost the opening Test in Dubai
by 56 runs and the second in Abu Dhabi by
133 runs but despite this, Estwick said the
side needed to take heart from the way they
"It should give you confidence. You ve
come to the UAE against the number two
side in the world. Not a lot of teams have
success here and we managed to push them
in all three Test matches," he noted.
"Obviously it s a young team but it should
give them confidence and it should give them
the belief that if they work hard and are pre-
pared to be disciplined that you can reap the
He continued: "It shows that the hard
work and fitness they are trying to implement
into West Indies cricket is beginning to pay
off and it s a good sign that we came away
with a win.
"I thought we played reasonably well in
can keep that discipline and work ethic up,
I m sure we ll be ok."
West Indies kicked off a one-week prepa-
ration camp here on Sunday as they tune up
for the Tri-Nations Series against Sri Lanka
and hosts Zimbabwe from November 14-27.
for Ames in Classic
RICHMOND---Trinidad and Tobago-born
Stephen Ames closed with a final round
even-par 72 to finish down the leaderboard
at the US$2 million Dominion Charity Clas-
sic here Sunday.
The 52-year-old, now a regular member
on the PGA Tour Champions, finished six-
over 222 to be 51st at the scenic Country
Club of Virginia s James River Course.
Scott McCarron took the top honours when
he beat Tom Byrum in a sudden-death play-
off, after sinking a 10-foot birdie putt on the
Both players shot final round 69s to finish
regulation tied at 13-under.
Ames, meanwhile, a three-time PGA Tour
winner, started the day 49th on the leader-
board but failed to improve his fortunes sig-
He began brightly enough, birdying the
428-yard par-4 1st but back-to-back bogeys
on the sixth and seventh left him one-over
at the turn.
On the back nine, Ames slid to two over
when he dropped a shot on the 430-yard
par-4 11th but he picked himself up to finish
First, he knocked down a birdie on the
par-4 13th and followed up with another on
the par-3 17th to find himself back on even
Ames had struggled over the first two
rounds, shooting a disappointing 76 on the
opening day and 74 in Saturday s second
Ex T&T goalie
The football fraternity was plunged into
mourning on the weekend following the
death of former national goalkeeper Larry
Loobie on Sunday morning. He was 41.
Loobie who produced a safe pair of hands
in helping the country s Under-15 football
team to the Caribbean Football Union (CFU)
title in Martinique in 1990, passed away from
hypertension due to complications after gastic
bypass surgery that was expected to assist
him with weight loss and live a healthier life
His death comes less than a year after his
father s passing from the same condition on
Loobie represented El Dorado West, for-
merly El Dorado Junior Secondary with hon-
ours before being the obvious first choice
with neighbouring El Dorado Comprehensive
Secondary. He was the preferred choice to
the outstanding Kelvin Jack and Kevin Lea-
cock by coach Jean Lilywhite ahead of the
CFU tournament, which they won playing
unbeaten, courtesy an all round display that
was marshalled from the defence by Loobie.
Loobie later joined the T&T Fire Service
where he was again the coach s choice in
T&T s top flight Semi Professional Football
League. He also represented House of Dread
and Penta Pacemakers in the Eddie Hart
Yesterday his sister Gillian, though sad-
dened by his death, said she just cannot
afford to weep at this time as she had to
make funeral arrangements. She is expecting
family members from the United States to
arrive. The funeral is tentatively set for Friday
at the St Mary s Anglican Church in Tacarigua
and then to the Tunapuna Cemetery.
Bostock gets all clear from FIFA
Test success a chance to create new culture, says Estwick
Goalkeepers: Marvin Phillip, Jan Michael
Williams, Adrian Foncette. Defenders:
Radanfah Abu Bakr, Sheldon Bateau,
Yohance Marshall, Carlyle Mitchell, Aubrey
David, Daneil Cyrus, Jelani Peters
Midfielders: Andre Boucaud, Khaleem
Hyland, Neveal Hackshaw, Cordell Cato,
Jomal Williams, Levi Garcia, Joevin Jones,
John Bostock, Kevan George, Marcus
Joseph, Atuallah Guerra. Forwards: Ken-
wyne Jones, Trevin Caesar, Willis Plaza.
Radanfah Abu Bakr dribbles the ball while being watched by teammate Cordell Cato, right, during a training session at the Hasely Crawford
Stadium yesterday. The team is preparing for Friday's FIFA World Cup Qualifying clash with Costa Rica. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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