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Three-time T&T Pro League winner and two-
time Caribbean Football Union Club Champion-
ship winner Leston Paul is eager to suit up for
new club Deportivo Pasaquina of El Salvador.
The 27-year-old ex-Central FC combative mid-
fielder said he put pen to paper to a one-year deal
last Tuesday, agreeing to his first overseas contract
with the Salvadorian Primera Divisón outfit---cutting
short his stint at North East Stars after just five games.
"I think this move can open doors to a bigger club
or even a bigger league; which is my main goal," the
Mayaro-born former T&T FIFA Under-17 and Un-
der-20 World Cup captain told www.ttproleague.com.
"A move outside of T&T was on the cards for some
for some time, not necessarily here (at Pasaquina).
(But) I think it's good for me personally to test myself
in another league and continue improving as a player."
Paul, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography
out of University of South Florida, won three consec-
utive Pro League titles including back-to-back Car-
ibbean crowns between 2014 and 2017 with Central
FC, but switched to the Stars where he enjoyed an
unbeaten run of four consecutive wins and a draw.
Paul, who has teamed up with T&T defender Dwayne
James at Pasaquina, is hoping to transfer his winning
touch to a club still attempting to root themselves in
the Salvadoran top flight.
Despite turning to a new chapter and location in his
professional career, Paul also said his commitment to
the Trinidad and Tobago team and the final phase of
the CONCACAF Six-team Final Round in FIFA World
Cup 2018 qualifying is unchanged.
In London, England
T&T sprinters Emmanual Callender
and Keston Bledman did not advance to
the next round in the Men's 100 metres
at the IAAF World Championships in
London, England, yesterday.
Callender clocked 10.25 seconds to place
fifth in heat two to finish 27th overall.
The national 100 metres champion ap-
peared to stumble at the start and said af-
terwards, "I am disappointed, just not what I
wanted. I put in too much work, it was not the
race I expected but God is good, we shall see."
Callender could not watch the screen after
the race, he is a strong character but the slip
at start will test his resolve.
"This hurts, it just did not come together
today," he said.
Bledman crossed in 10.26 to place fourth
in heat fifth. He was 29th overall among the
Bledman was in lane two in heat five with
American favourite Justin Gatlin in lane five,
After the race Bledman told the Trinidad
Guardian, "I was just lacking confidence so
while I would normally run back on, I just
could not get up to the finish that was re-
quired, it has not been the normal season
"I was only able to get off one push and
that was not good enough you cannot give
off that sort of lead in a 100m but right now I
am thinking of all my support and my family,
there will be other days but I need to regain
my confidence, I was too timid today."
Eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt
as expected qualified for today's semi-finals
after winning his heat in 10.07. The Jamaican,
who is retiring after the event in London, beat
Great Britain's James Dasaolu into second
Jamaican Julian Forte was the fastest qual-
ifier in the 100m dash, running a personal
Today, T&T will have six athletes vying for
semifinal places in the Men's 400m men and
the Women's 100m. In all the heats, the top
three will advance and the six fastest losers
to the semifinals.
First on the track, will be London Olympic
bronze medallist in the 400m, Lalonde Gor-
don who will race in heat one at 5.45 am (TT
time) from lane eight, with his best time this
season 45.18, but he will have to contend with
USA's Fred Kerley who will be in lane seven
with a season best time of 43.70.
Next in heat two at 5.54 am will be nation-
al 400m champion Machel Cedenio in lane
three, whose season best time is 44.90 but
will face overwhelming favourite and current
2016 Olympic champion Wayde Van Niekerk
running from lane five, who has a season best
Then in heat five at 6.21 am, Renny Quow
will race from lane seven, has a season best
time of 43.84 but will have to content with
Issac Makwala in lane six and La Shawn Mer-
ritt in lane nine.
After his success at the National Cham-
pionships, Cedenio was pleased and looking
ahead to the World Championships, saying:
"I am getting myself together, I have made
some changes and the goal remains again to
reach the finals, take one step at a time and
run my best race and get a medal."
The women are next on the track at the
London Olympic Stadium, with heat two at
6.54 am witnessing young Khalifa St Fort set
to get her first taste of competition from lane
seven, after doing her personal best this sea-
son of 11.06, however she will have to com-
pete with the current Olympic champion,
Jamaica's Elaine Thompson who will race
from lane seven.
Michelle-Lee Ahye competes in heat five at
7.21 am, from lane seven, also with her per-
sonal best established this season of 10.82 and
will face her stiffest challenge from Jamaica's
Simone Facey in lane two.
In heat six at 7.30 am, Kelly-Ann Baptiste,
who won a bronze medal at the 2011 World
Championships, will race from lane five, with
a season best of 10.88 behind her but will
have to contend with Deejay Stevens from
the USA in lane four.
After her record success in T&T in June,
she said, "Staying focus, and just going out
there and running my race, I know that Elaine
Thompson is there, but I just want to en-
joy myself, reach the finals and then give it
everything and get a medal."
Leston Paul, right, tries to blow past North East Stars
defender Taryk Sampson while representing Central
FC during the 2015/16 Pro League season.
T&T sprinters fail to
progress to semis
Jamaica's Usain Bolt, third left, leads the field across the finish line in his heat of the Men's 100 meters during the World Athletics
Championships, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Small-cousins Carlos and Enrico were
both on taregt as Panama's CD Deportivo
Arabe Unido overcame a youthful Cen-
tral FC 2-1 in their first-leg round-of-16
clash in the inaugural Scotiabank CON-
CACAF at the Hasely Crawford Stadium,
Mucurapo, on Thursday.
With the loss, the three-time T&T Pro
League champions and two-time Caribbean
Football Union Championship winners must
now travel to the Rommel Fernandez Stadium
in Panama on August 10 and secure a win if
they are to advance to the quarter-final stage
of the competition.
After being put on the back foot by a much
more physical opponent, Central FC took
the lead through Johan Peltier with a glanc-
ing header, but CD Árabe Unido got a goal
on either side of the break from cousins and
Panama international forwards Carlos Small
and Enrico Small and within a match of a spot
in the last-eight.
Central had limited the Árabe to three am-
bitious attempts from distance by midfielder
Nelson Barahona before Peltier, with a per-
fectly placed header past the dive of Árabe's
Dominican Republic goalkeeper Miguel Lloyd,
formerly of W Connection from almost 16
yards out in the 20th minute, after meeting
a well-placed right side cross from full-back
Kaydion Gabriel, who started in place of ev-
ergreen T&T international defender Carlos
Edwards, who was excused due to illness of
The Dale Saunder-coached Central FC then
created a few openings to extend their lead,
before 22-year-old Carlos Small drew the Pa-
namians level when he fired past a stranded
Central goalkeeper Stephon Seepersad from
close range after defender Tyrik John, a for-
ward utilised at left-back due to the 'Couva
Sharks' shortage of player personnel, timed
his jump poorly against a Daniel Ortíz cross.
John, the son of legendary T&T forward and
current Central FC assistant coach Stern John,
Seepersad, winger Jules Lee and promising
defender Taryk Sampson all made their first
CONCACAF starts while pre-season attacking
acquisitions Kerville Jeremiah and Ross Dow-
den were used off the bench late in an attempt
to salvage a draw.
Seepersad was brilliant three minutes into
the second-half with a low save to his left that
eventually earned him the Allstate Save of the
Game, denying José González's strike from the
penalty-spot after a questionable call by Hon-
duran referee Hector Said Martinez. However,
in the 62nd minute, Seepersad had little chance
when substitute Enrico Small, with his first
touch of the ball after replacing Renan Ad-
dles less than two minutes earlier, smashed a
left-footer off the underside of the crossbar
on the first post to put the visitors ahead 2-1.
Twelve minutes later, the visitors came close
to extending their advantage when Roberto
Chen's powerful downward header off Bara-
hona's cross, bounced just wide of Seepersad's
Central FC had their chances too, but like
first-half tries by captain and midfielder Sean
De Silva and Mickaeel Jem Gordon, Natha-
nial Garcia could only win the applause of
home fans after some close efforts, includ-
ing a deflected free-kick that forced Lloyd
into a top draw save with a minute left.
Central substitute Ross Dowden had a great
chance on the rebound, but from less than ten
yards out he blasted his right-footed volley
inches wide of the far upright leaving the home
side with all to do in the away leg on Thursday
at Rommel Fernandez Stadium, Panama.
The Couva Sharks will return to domestic
play in the T&T Pro League on Monday against
Police FCfrom 6pm,before flying off to Panama.
Árabe Unido get edge over Central FC
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