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Campbell: I'm here
for the long run
T&T Men's team assistant coach Sol Campbell
has come to these shores with a wealth of expe-
rience in the game from his days as a player with
the England National Team over three World Cups
and a career at Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and
In 2006, he became the only player to have repre-
sented England in six consecutive major tournaments,
playing in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 European Cham-
pionships and the 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cups.
He was named in the Teams of the Tournament for the
2002 World Cup and 2004 European Championship.
Other honours in the game include
being in the Professional Football-
ers Association (PFA) Team of the
Year three times (1999, 2003, and
The big man has spent the last
couple weeks soaking in every bit
the time in T&T as he serves as as-
sistant coach to Dennis Lawrence.
"I am here for the long run. I
want to qualify. I'm a winner and
I will try to help Dennis and he is a
fantastic man. He is a very detailed and passionate man.
He has that in abundance and Trinidad and Tobago
should feel very happy and lucky to have him at the
helm because he is fighting every minute of the day
to get it right for the team. It's going to be hard work
and not easy. We've lost the two games and we've got
to start from scratch," Campbell said.
"I'd like to continue and I think there's a great
product here. This is my first job. The reaction to me
taking this job was very positive in England. It's an
international job, it's a proper job and you are playing
against top countries. There are battles in there," he
added. "I had good reactions from Patrick Vieira and
Thierry Henry. It's very difficult to get your first job
in football and I am very pleased to be here."
Gonzales fits right in
Defence Force's Curtis Gonzales stepped right up to
the call from head coach Dennis Lawrence to perform
centre back duties for this country in the two World
Cup qualifiers against Panama and Mexico.
With just 20 caps to his name, the former nation-
al under 20 player had not previously started any of
T&T's World Cup qualifying matches. But a strong
showing in the preparations was enough for Lawrence
to make his mind up.
"I was ready for the call and I am thankful for the
coach showing faith in me," Gonzales said.
"The first match was a delight for me because we got
the victory. For me it was just about going out there,
staying focused and carrying out the instructions.
Coach was a solider and I am a solider and he was a
defender just like I am so there was an understanding
and generally a brotherhood among us in the team,"
said the 28-year-old from Santa Cruz.
'Morace's detailed approach is good for us'
National Women's Team defender Arin King be-
lieves that Carolina Morace's no-nonsense and de-
tailed approached as head coach is very good.
"It's huge. Usually we will get preparation games
maybe few weeks in advance so a year and a bit more is
great for us so we can gauge where we are," King said,
She spoke about the efforts being made by the
TTFA to push Women's football development at the
"It's important in the women's game that we start
from the grassroots level and from young so that the
coach's philosophy is implemented and therefore
when the players step into the senior team they al-
ready have an idea of what is expected and they can
ease their way into the system."
T&T played two friendlies against Venezuela, draw-
ing 0-0 and losing 3-1.
• EDITOR’S NOTE
Shaun Fuentes is the communications manager for
the TTFA - email@example.com
T&T’s Arin King in action against Venezuela on
Sunday during the team’s goaless draw.
Ajman Princess has doubtless
been labelled 'urgent' for an 'aged'
six-runner Maiden Stakes over ten
furlongs of Lingfield polytrack
today. Trainer Roger Varian will
keep his fingers firmly crossed as
this well-bred four-year-old at-
tempts to make its fifth time lucky
and enhance her stud prospects
A 100% trier!
Punters don't ask for any more than
they deserve, what a difference bet-
ting on horses would be if everything
was genuine and completely transpar-
ent. Unfortunately that isn't the case,
by any means but your correspondent
is able to lead readers through 'mine-
fields' which confront us every day,
not just occasionally.
No need to beat about the bush,
Ajman Princess is a time-handicap
'cert' and should be backed accord-
ingly with stable-jockey, Andrea
Atzeni, aboard this 'top-weight' for
the fifth time.
We might get a half-decent price
because Godolphin is represented by
Dubai Dunes, plenty will be expecting
much better from twice-raced Simon
Crisford-trained Zehrah and Amanda
Perrett has booked for Joe Fanning for
Betting exchanges will be intriguing
but we're confident Ajman Princess
Another 'good thing' should be
once-raced Acadian Angel in a 3-y-o
Maiden Fillies' Stakes over the straight
tapeta mile at Newcastle.
Acadian Angel finished three
lengths second over seven furlongs
of Gosforth Park earlier this month,
a replication of that effort should
suffice and indeed we expect John
Quinn's charge to improve for the
William Haggas saddles The Sky Is
Blazing first-up and it will be inter-
esting to note any moves, definitely
a stable to follow, heavily supported
by Hamdan Al Maktoum!
George Baker ‘progressing well’
George Baker is making "really good
progress" as he continues to recover
from injuries sustained in a fall at St
Moritz in Switzerland in February.
The jockey, who won the St Leger
last September on Harbour Law, was
riding Boomerang Bob for Jamie Os-
borne on the frozen lake track when
the horse was brought down and fa-
Baker was airlifted to a trauma
hospital in Chur and after having
undergone a MRI scan, it was con-
firmed he had suffered some bleeding
in the brain.
Earlier this month the rider re-
turned to Britain and was admitted
to the intensive care unit of the Wel-
lington Hospital in London.
He is currently in the rehabilita-
tion wing of the Wellington Hospi-
tal, where he will stay for the next
Princess to rule the roost
2.00 Ajman Princess (nap-e.w)
3.45 Acadian Angel (e.w)
5.15 Billy's Boots (e.w)
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