Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 30th 2013 Contents Former T&T 2006 World Cup
goalkeeper Kelvin Jack believes
that this country stands a good
chance of returning to a
respectable position within the
Concacaf football stage.
Jack was one of 13 players who
was relieved earlier this month
upon the settlement of the case
with the T&T Football Federation
(TTFF) over 2006 World Cup
Jack s last appearance for T&T
was at the 2006 World Cup in June
2006, the 2-0 defeat to Paraguay.
Before that he was consistent
between the sticks for T&T in the
qualification drive, pulling off the
save of the campaign in the 1-0
win over Bahrain.
As T&T prepares to contest the
2013 Concacaf Gold Cup in July,
Jack is hopeful of a decent showing
by this country s senior team.
"Hopefully, the guys can remain
disciplined and continue to
improve, listen to the coaches and
be able to represent T&T to the
best of their ability," Jack said.
"It s not going to be easy because
football has evolved. But as long
as things are organised and we have
good coaches in place to teach the
players now, then we have a good
chance of getting back to where
we were at one point before," added
the former Gillingham custodian,
who made 33 appearances for T&T
after making his debut at age 21 in
a 1-1 draw with Jamaica at Industry
Park, Palo Seco, in 1997.
The 37-year-old credited TTFF
president Raymond Tim Kee for
being true to his word.
"It s a great relief and it is some-
thing that we were hoping would
happen from day one," Jack said
in reference to the settlement.
"Unfortunately, it took a long legal
battle. I ll give Mr Tim Kee credit
because when he came into office
he said this was something he
wanted to settle and he s been true
to his word. We have to now see
the best way we can get Trinidad
and Tobago football back on the
map and how we can recover from
this unfortunate mess and it should
be positive from here on."
Jack is about to begin his UEFA
"B" coaching licence.
"I m doing my coaching badges
at the moment. I ve just finished
level two and about to begin UEFA
B licence. I m a football man and
that s my passion. It s what I m
addicted to," Jack ended.
Experienced national team mid-
fielder Densill Theobald believes
the next month will be critical for
this country s state of readiness for
the 2014 Concacaf Gold Cup in
the United States.
The Caledonia AIA midfielder
leaves today with the local con-
tingent of players and staff for Lon-
don as the national team heads to
Bucharest to face Romania in a
friendly international on June 4 to
be followed by another friendly
against Estonia in Tallinn on
Theobald is among some of the
local names in the squad alongside
Devorn Jorsling, Joevin Jones,
Kevon Carter, Daniel Cyrus, Cornell
Glen, Jan Michael Williams and
Marvin Phillips among others who
will be hoping to impress the
coaches as they vie for selection
on the final T&T Gold Cup squad.
Missing from the team for the
two friendlies are Keon Daniel,
Khaleem Hyland, Carlos Edwards,
Sheldon Bateau and Kenwyne
Jones, and the former Hungary-
based player expects the compe-
tition for spots to be tight.
"No doubt, we all as players have
to train hard and play hard with
passion and determination. This
is not just to impress the coaches
and make the Gold Cup squad but
we must prepare from now and
take it with us into the Gold Cup
itself," Theobald said.
"I believe the competition will
be tight but it will bring the best
out of the players and this is a great
thing for the team at this point in
time," Theobald added.
T&T's Upstars wins
Former W Connection forward
Earl Jean was on the scoresheet
and ex-T&T national Alvin Boisson
notched a double to lead Upstars
to a 4-1 win over Canadian side
TFCOF in the final of the recent
Barbados International Masters
Upstars Masters of T&T, with
several former T&T players such
Leonson Lewis, Michael Maurice
and Clayton Morris in its line-up,
defeated Paradise Upstars 3-0 in
the penalty shoot-out to cop last
year s title.
And Upstars returned to dom-
inate to claim its fourth title.
The tournament, now in its 18th
year, played host to 16 overseas
teams from within the region
including six from T&T and others
from USA, Canada and the United
Kingdom along with 12 Barbados
He knows this could be the one
chance to stake his claim for selec-
tion on the Concacaf Gold Cup
team. Young Shahdon Winchester
has scored two goals in consecutive
weeks for Finnish Pro league team
Jaro FF since the news broke of
his inclusion on the national team
for the upcoming friendlies against
Romania and Estonia.
Fully recovered from a recent
hernia operation, the ex-W Con-
nection frontman is eager to link
up with former teammates Daneil
Cyrus and Joevin Jones, having all
played on the national Under-20
and Under-23 teams.
"When I got the call, honestly,
I was a bit surprised because I
thought the team was finalised
already but at the same time very
happy because it s always a pleas-
ure to represent your country,"
"I have waited a while for my
recall to the national team and
now that I got it with much more
experience and being in the Euro-
pean environment week in week
out I think I m more prepared for
the task now than I was a couple
years ago. I m very eager to link
back up with the boys and face
these two European teams next
week," he added.
Shaun Fuentes is the media offi-
cer for the Soca Warriors/TTFF.
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