Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 26th 2013 Contents A76
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Trinidad and Tobago's senior
men's team will face another stern
test on the road when they come
up against a confident Peru outfit
in tonight's friendly international
at the Estadio Nacional (National
Stadium) in Lima, from 9 pm (10
pm T&T time).
Peru, which defeated T&T 2-0
at the Ato Boldon Stadium last
month, is on a high at the moment
following its 1-0 victory over Chile
at the Lima venue on Friday, a win
that kept its hopes alive for 2014
World Cup qualification. The vic-
tory pushed Peru to 11 points ahead
of Bolivia and Paraguay but still
trailing six teams including leaders
Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador.
Head coach Sergio Markarian will
use the encounter to have a look at
some of his fringe players with the
likes of Bayern Munich striker Clau-
dio Pizarro, Rinaldo Cruzado and
Juan Manuel Vargas being excused
and already having returned to their
"It was a great result against Chile
and now we will play the team of
Trinidad and Tobago again on Tues-
day. This team we faced already but
the game will be of significance but
we use it again as preparation for
the future," Markarian said.
"Some players will get the oppor-
tunity to play and I think the match
will be a good one and is one that
can be very useful."
The surface at the National Sta-
dium here is impeccable and the
40,000 seater venue is expected to
have a decent turn out. But the
T&T coaching staff is also wary of
the fact that the encounter could
prove to be a tough one away to a
South American opponent that is
on a high.
The long travel from Belize to
Peru via Miami in such close prox-
imity to the match is also a factor
that cannot easily be overlooked.
The second batch of players and
staff arrived in Lima at 4am and
checked into the Sheraton Hotel
about an hour after while the earlier
group arrived at 2am.
But co-head coach Hutson
Charles welcomes the test.
"This will probably be the biggest
test for us not just since the
Caribbean Cup but also for almost
two years. The environment and
playing an opponent like Peru in
their own backyard is going to be
tough. But these are the games we
want to be playing every month if
we can," Charles said yesterday.
"Our squad is also very eager to
do well. The players know of the
importance of good competition
and we must keep in mind that our
focus is the Gold Cup in July. Yes
we want a good result but more
importantly we want to see the
physical readiness and how we deal
with a team like Peru tactical wise.
And if the conditions are difficult,
we need to see how the team han-
dles such situations. This can hope-
fully make us a stronger unit,"
Team captain Densill Theobald
says his players will relish the chal-
"For a lot of the players here it
will be the first time they will play
an international game at the senior
level like this one. And they are all
very eager to take the pitch. And
with the experience of players likely
myself, Chris Birchall, Cornell Glen
and Kenwyne can help in the overall
effort as we try to get the team's
performance to a good level for the
Gold Cup," Theobald added.
Charles said he was happy with
the performance of Birchall and
wants to see the same effort from
some of the other faces.
The T&T team was scheduled to
train at the match venue at 8 pm
ROSEAU--Prime Minister Roo-
sevelt Skerrit says his government
will reward off-spinner Shane
Shillingford "in a tangible way"
after the Dominican spun West
Indies to an emphatic victory over
Zimbabwe in the second and final
Test here Friday.
Shillingford finished with match
figures of ten for 93 as the Windies
romped to an easy win half-hour
before tea on the third day of the
contest at Windsor Park.
He finished the series with 19
wickets following his nine-wicket
match haul in the Kensington Oval
Test last week in Bridgetown.
"On the behalf of the govern-
ment and the people of Dominica
I would like to congratulate Shane
Shillingford on his exemplary per-
formance at the just concluded
Test series against Zimbabwe,"
"His performance no doubt calls
for some form of tanglible recon-
For his efforts, Shillingford was
voted Man-of-the-Match, follow-
ing on from a similar honour in
the Barbados Test. He was also
His success comes after he was
overlooked for similar two-Test
series against New Zealand and
Bangladesh last year, when off-
spinner Sunil Narine was preferred.
However, he captured 24 wickets
in three first class matches for
Windward Islands to force his way
into the Windies side, and Skerrit
says the 30-year-old had proven
that he belonged at the highest
"He has demonstrated beyond
the shadow of a doubt that his
selection on the team cannot be
questioned ...our hope is that his
performance will serve as a moti-
vation to many young people," the
country's leader asserted.
Last year, Shillingford was
appointed a Goodwill Ambassador
after taking ten wickets against
Australia at Windsor Park.
He has now taken 48 wickets
from ten Tests.
his players will
'Warriors' get another
Peru test in Lima
Hometown hero to be rewarded again
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