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Finland-based midfielder Ataulla Guerra
has been included in the 21-man squad which
will challenge the four-team OSN Cup, which
starts next Thursday against the United Arab
Emirates (UAE), in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Guerra is among nine changes made to the
initial squad which was selected for last
month s Concacaf Gold Cup.
The squad was announced at a media con-
ference at the Hasely Crawford Stadium,
Mucurapo, yesterday, for the four-day com-
petition which, apart from T&T and UAE,
includes New Zealand and Saudi Arabia. The
latter two teams will clash immediately after
T&T s opener. The losers will meet in the
third-place playoff, on September 9, while the
winners meet in the final just after.
Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones, who
scored a hat-trick in a domestic cup on
Wednesday, returns as team captain.
Apart from Guerra, players who did not par-
ticipate at last month s Gold Cup, but were
added for the Saudi Arabia trip were, Glenroy
Samuel (Caledonia AIA), Sheldon Bateau (KV
Mechelen, Belgium), Robert Primus (FC Aktobe,
Kazakhstan), Mekeil Williams (W Connection),
Lester Peltier (Slovan Bratislava, Slovakia) and
Willis Plaza (Song Lam Nghe, Vietnam).
Point Fortin Civic Centre s Marcus Joseph,
who has two senior caps and played for T&T
in both the Under-17 and Under-20 Fifa World
Cups, was another addition, as was Kevan
George (Colombus Crew), who was brought
into the Gold Cup while in progress.
The omitted players who participated in the
Gold Cup are, Joevin Jones, Carlos Edwards,
Keon Daniel, Cornell Glen, Jamal Gay, Darryl
Roberts, Seon Power, Cleon John and Kevon
Following the squad s presentation yesterday,
coach Hart, who led T&T to the quarterfinal
stage of the Gold Cup last month, where the
team was narrowly ousted 1-0 by Mexico, said
while he faces challenges securing some of the
team s top players, it was his intention to inte-
grate younger and less capped players in order
build for the future.
"For me right now, I think we have to be
realistic. We ve finished the Gold Cup tour-
nament. We have an idea of some sort of nucle-
us but we have to build for the future. So its
really a time for experimentation," Hart said.
"We have to start experimenting with play-
ers, with systems. So, in that respect, of course
you are going to play your best and to get
something out of the tournament, but I have
to look realistically at building a squad for the
The former Canada head coach said he has
experienced difficulties in his job securing the
best players from their respective clubs, even
on Fifa sanctioned international dates.
"You know, the good about it is that I ve
experienced this before. T&T has thirty-some-
thing players playing in thirty-something dif-
ferent clubs so it is extremely difficult to pull
"Then you also have to be realistic with the
players, as the clubs are never happy about an
international outing and there are some leagues
that do not stop for the Fifa dates, which I
really do not understand, because it is supposed
to be Fifa s mandate."
T&T Football Association (TTFA) president
Raymond Tim Kee was also present at the
media conference yesterday and said it was
the association s intention to utilise upcoming
Fifa international dates.
It will be T&T s first ever meeting with UAE,
and possibly New Zealand. T&T last played
Saudi Arabia in a friendly in 1994, which the
latter won 1-0.
T&T s clash with UAE will take place at the
King Fahd Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from
11.45 am (T&T time), before New Zealand and
Saudi Arabia s clash which starts at 2.15 pm.
The third place playoff and the final will play
on September 9, from 11.45 am and 2.15 pm
(T&T time), respectively.
The team will leave for London, en route to
Saudi Arabia, on Sunday.
George Bovell III, recent medalist
at the FINA World Cup Series and
Atlantic Sports Ambassador, has once
again given back to the youth of T&T.
Glints of gold and bronze have not
blinded this Olympic Swimmer from
his heart s longing to impart his
expertise to the children of T&T, which
he did recently at a two-day Swim-
ming Clinic for the children of Atlantic
Bovell s Swimming Clinic was held
at the Flying Fish Pool, Federation Park,
St Clair on August 29-30. Eighteen
children participated, excited to meet
and learn from the swimming cham-
Bovell explained that he was grateful
for the opportunity to help young swim-
mers achieve sporting excellence.
"It is really important to me to keep
the sport of swimming alive at the com-
petitive level in Trinidad and Tobago.
It makes me happy to know that I am
able to contribute to the development
of swimming in this country by sharing
my strategies, skills and knowledge with
the youths of Trinidad and Tobago," he
The young participants said they felt
quite comfortable with the Olympian,
as he made learning quite easy by sim-
plifying techniques and making swim-
ming "feel easy".
Toni Sirju-Ramnarine, Atlantic s
Vice-President, Corporate Operations
said Atlantic was committed to sup-
porting initiatives that facilitated youth
development through sports and edu-
"This is one of the primary reasons
we have enrolled George as a Sports
Ambassador, as it allows children to
interact with him and gain from the
wealth of knowledge he has as an
Olympian and an internationally
renowned Swimmer," Sirju-Ramnarine
"George has represented our country
many times on the world stage and has
made us tremendously proud. He is a
dedicated coach and I know our kids
thoroughly enjoyed and learned
immensely from this experience."
Earlier this year, Bovell teamed up
with Atlantic and The Sports Company
of T&T for a Dive In Swim Clinic---a
four-day training session for young
swimmers between ages eleven and sev-
enteen---from different regions in T&T.
At the Clinic, participants were able to
gain key skills that will positively impact
their growth as competitive swimmers.
Bovell said he believed that sport
played an important role in the holistic
development of tomorrow s leaders.
"My aim is to light the way for future
Swimmers in Trinidad and Tobago," he
George will be representing T&T at
the next legs of the FINA Swimming
World Cup 2013 which takes place in
Moscow, Dubai and Doha from October
10-22, with the final leg taking place
in Singapore, Beijing and Tokyo from
Guerra with Soca Warriors
for visit to Saudi Arabia
Swim champ Bovell gives back to T&T youth
Children of employees of LNG producer Atlantic lime with Olympic swimmer and Atlantic sports ambassador
George Bovell III at a swimming camp hosted by Bovell.
Goalkeepers: Jan Michael
Williams, Marvin Phillip, Glenroy
Defenders: Sheldon Bateau,
Justin Hoyte, Robert Primus,
Mekeil Williams, Aubrey David,
Radanfah Abu Bakr, Daneil
Cyrus, Curtis Gonzales.
Midfielders: Khaleem Hyland,
Kevan George, Kevin Molino,
Densill Theobald, Marcus
Joseph, Ataulla Guerra, Andre
Forwards: Kenwyne Jones,
Lester Peltier, Willis Plaza.
Head coach: Stephen Hart
Assistant coach: Hutson
Assistant coach: Derek King
Goalkeeper coach: Jefferson
Physio: Dave Issac
Kit Manager: Michael Williams
Manager: David Muhammed
Assistant manager: Peter
Press officer: Shaun Fuentes
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