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David: Faith will determine our future
US-based defender Aubrey
David described Tuesday's
World Cup qualifying encoun-
ter as a miserable but character
David played in T&T's two
opening matches including the
2-0 loss to Costa Rica five days
prior, in which his Saprissa team-
mate Rodrigo Calvo left the field
with an ankle injury.
But Tuesday's defeat was not
a pleasing one for the Dallas FC
"It was by far one of the more
disappointing feelings for us. We
had a lot of hopes heading into
"Coach prepared us for it. He
told us what to expect but we
didn't start well. We were a but
shaken up when Jan (Michael Wil-
liams) got injured because we were
not prepared for something like
that," David said.
"But we came out in the second
half following coach's advice and
we got into the game. We got the
equaliser but they proved to be
too strong on the evening for us.
"We will know better from here.
There were a lot of things evident
from this such as us needing to start
stronger and try to take charge of the
"We need to keep our heads up in
bad moments and try to get back into
the game without allowing it to slip
away from us.
"I always believe that God has
his plans for us and through him
everything is possible. I have faith
and belief that he will take us out of
this bad patch.
"It is important that all of us believe
in him and believe in our ability as a
team to rise again. We all have bad mo-
ments, we may not always play our
best games but we can improve with a
lot more belief and fight in our game.
" I am not fearful of the opposition
going into the next set of matches."
T&T Defender Aubrey David
Ramirez was on target
with tactics against T&T
Costa Rican head coach Oscar
Ramirez disclosed that his players fol-
lowed his game plan to detail which was
a major factor in them recording the
2-0 win last Friday in Port of Spain.
Speaking after the match which was
attended by 52 Costa Rican media cor-
respondents, Ramirez said: "We faced a
team with a very strong transition and
I believe that ball possession---in which
we have grown---helped us to control,
enabling us to take away their momen-
"We tried to have very few problems
at the times of transition and it was im-
portant to look for the moment to score.
We knew well how to manage Trinidad.
We took away their strengths and we
took advantage of their weaknesses,
which was important."
A key turning point came in the 57th
minute, when Ramirez brought on Joel
Campbell for Marco Urena, who spent
much of the encounter toiling up front
by himself. Campbell was able to take
advantage of a tiring T&T defence.
"I think there was some fatigue," said
Ramirez after being asked the reasons
why T&T conceded twice in the last
"Our play is of combinations and
we made it that Trinidad had to re-
treat a little bit and not have spaces.
The boys had to come back more to
find the ball. They have to be mobile.
It's not only that they receive, it's that
there are certain movements to create
chances and in small spaces you have
to know how to move. For that reason,
there was a change to Campbell. We
no longer needed Marco's speed, but
rather Joel's combinations."
Honduras head coach Jose Luis Pinto
also spoke about preventing T&T from
playing their usual game.
"We knew how they would approach
the game and we prepared for it. It was
important for us to score early and take
them out of the game.
"They have some good players in at-
tack so they can always create chances.
When they scored we knew we had to
control the game again and then get
another goal," Pinto said.
Despite suffering two losses in their
last couple of World Cup qualifying
matches in Honduras in 2009 and
Tuesday, this country still has has the
ability to earn respect of Hondurans.
That was the view expressed by Luis
Coto, the team liaison officer for the
T&T team during its stay in San Pedro
Sula this week.
"Of course everyone here knows who
Dwight Yorke is and the little player by
the name of Russell Latapy.
"They were too very good players.
And as a young boy growing up I al-
ways knew who Onandi Lowe was. He
was the Jamaican forward who scored
everytime we played Jamaica. He was
a nightmare for us.
"And there is one game Hondurans
never forget. It was a sad day for all of
people cry when Trinidad won 1-0 in
2001," Coto said.
That year Stern John's second half
winner dented Honduras' chances of
qualification for the 2002 World Cup.
On Tuesday though, Coto and his
friends were all too happy to celebrate
the 3-1 victory after the local boy com-
pleted his duties with the T&T team.
Here's hoping we can give Coto and his
boys something else to remember when
the both teams meet again in Port of
Spain, next year.
"I think you have a good team. They
are a nice group of guys and I hope you
go onto qualify with Honduras."
EDITOR'S NOTE: Shaun Fuentes is the
press officer for TTFA. Shaunfuentes@
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