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T&T will have a first time face-to-face
clash with Asian opponents United Arab
Emirates when both teams meet in the open-
ing match of the OSN Cup at the King Fahd
International Stadium in Riyadh from 6.45
pm (11.45 am TT time) today.
The "Soca Warriors" under head coach
Stephen Hart and captain Kenwyne Jones
arrived in Riyadh at around 3 am yesterday
(8 pm Tuesday T&T time) and had their lone
training session last night at the match venue
which is expected to have a 35,000 crowd for
today s matches, which also includes a match
between the hosts Saudi Arabia and New
Hart conducted a 75-minute session in 40
degrees temperature during which he had a
first time opportunity to work with the likes
of Willis Plaza, Lester Peltier, Ataullah Guerra,
Marcus Joseph, Robert Primus, Sheldon Bateau,
Glenroy Samuel and Mekeil Williams. W Con-
nection defender Daneil Cyrus, just back from
a trial with Racing Genk, did not make the
trip, missing the flight out of Port of Spain
on Sunday as well as a second flight on Mon-
day. And Orlando City midfielder Kevin Molino
was delayed in Miami and is scheduled to
arrive early this morning.
In spite of some of the financial woes still
being faced by the T&T Football Association
(TTFA), Hart was in good spirits. He said he
was and pleased with the session and the look
of the players at his disposal.
Some of the returning members from the
Gold Cup squad include Radanfah Abu Bakr,
English-based duo Andre Boucaud and Justin
Hoyte, Racing Genk midfielder Khaleem
Hyland, Columbus Crew s Kevan George and
T&T-based foursome Densill Theobald, Jan
Michael Williams, Curtis Gonzales and Aubrey
Overall, the T&T team futures no fewer
than nine players who were part of the FIFA
Under-20 World Cup in 2009.
The include Caledonia AIA goalkeeper
Glenroy Samuel, T&T s goalkeeper at both
the 2007 Fifa Under-17 and 2009 Fifa Under-
20 World Cups, Robert Primus (FC Aktobe),
Williams (W Connection), Aubrey David (Cale-
donia AIA), Molino (Orlando City), Khaleem
Hyland (Racing Genk), Curtis Gonzales
(Defence Force), Joseph (Point Fortin Civic
Centre) and Sheldon Bateau (KV Mechelen).
"It s been very humid but we had a really
good session today even though it was a bit
short because of the fact that we had a long
travel," Hart said.
"But generally the attitude of the players
was good and the work rate was pretty decent
as well. These are the things that are always
pleasing when you come together as a squad
especially this far away from home. It was a
good opportunity to regroup after the Gold
Cup and to get some new bodies involved as
well," Hart said.
Earlier yesterday, United Arab Emirates head
coach Mahdi Ali Hassan Redha, said at a press
conference that he was hoping to secure a
place in the final on September 9 by pulling
off a win over the "Soca Warriors" who will
be playing their first match since a 1-0 quar-
terfinal loss to Mexico in the Concacaf Gold
Cup held in July in the USA.
"It will be a good tournament with some
exciting football. I think all the teams are
strong and they will pose a good challenge.
I expect our game to be a less than easy one
but we will be ready for the challenge.
"We know T&T have played at the World
Cup in 2006 so they are a capable team. We
will try to play the right kind of game to start
with a victory," he said.
The UAE, World Cup finalists in 1990,
defeated Uzbekistan 2-1 in March and also
edged Iraq 2-1 to win the Gulf Cup in January.
T&T and the UAE have never met in a senior
international game before.
Jones, who will wear the captain s armband
for T&T, added that he was keen to see how
the T&T team performs following their quar-
ter-final run at the Concacaf Gold Cup in July.
"It s the first time we are coming together
since the Gold Cup and everyone is very keen
to put on the national shirt and play again,"
said 28-year-old Jones.
"We have some new faces around which
will make it interesting to see how well we
can execute on the field of play. We haven t
had much time together but there are some
regulars here so we will obviously try to use
our experience and the time we ve spent
together in the past to ensure we put on a
good performance and hopefully come away
with a good result as well."
If the score is leveled after 90 minutes the
game will head directly to kicks from the
penalty spot. The winners of today s matches
games will meet in the final on Monday while
the two losers will meet in the third place
In today s second match, New Zealand will
be bracing itself for the Middle East heat when
they come up against hosts Saudi Arabia from
2.15 pm TT time.
The Kiwis are the only nation of the quartet
still alive for a spot at next year s World Cup
New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert will have
the services of West Ham defender Winston
Reid, who was released by the Premier League
outfit for the tournament.
Herbert s men enter the tournament in a
fine run of form, unbeaten in eight matches
and winning all bar a 1-1 draw with China in
Their loss to New Caledonia in June 2012
in Honiara---the Solomon Islands capital---was
a low point for Herbert and his side, as it
meant they missed out on a trip to the Con-
And de Jong warned potential banana peel
matches lay ahead in Saudi Arabia, noting the
hosts can defy their Fifa ranking of 107-50
spots lower than the Kiwis (57th).
Former champion, East Mucu-
rapo, known as "Compre" and
St Mary s College will both be
eager for a solid start as they
meet in the BGTT/First Citizens
Secondary Schools Football
League s (SSFL) North Zone
opener, in the first match of a
double-header at the Hasely
Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo
from 3.30 pm.
Two hours later, the "West-
mooring Tigers" of St Anthony
College, winners of the North
Zone league for the past three
years, and the reigning Coca-Cola
InterCol title-holders face off with
Central Zone powerhouse and the
defending national "Big-Five"
winner Carapichaima East Sec-
ondary, in the inaugural, Ormond
Gabriel trophy clash.
The cup match is being held in
commemoration of Osmond
Gabriel, a former general secretary
of the SSFL, who served from
However, while the meeting
between St Anthony s joint record
six-time winners of the national
InterCol, equalled only by Napari-
ma College, and East Cara-
pichaima will no doubt hold keen
interest, the zonal battle between
East Mucurapo, last time zonal
league winners four years and the
"Saints" as St Mary s are known
will be of much more significance.
Last year, East Mucurapo was
second to the Tigers by six points
while the "Saints" were a distant
fourth on the seven team-table
and with both teams expected to
feature a core of returning players
from last year, it should make for
a very interesting contest.
In today s second encounter,
coach Nigel Grosvenor and his
Tigers, who have seen a few play-
ers depart inclusive of captain
Jamali Garcia and striker Adrian
Millette, will have revenge on their
minds as it was Carapichaima East
which ended its 33-match unbeat-
en run in the SSFL league and
knockout dating back to the start
of the 2011 campaign with a 1-0
beating in the Big-Five semifinals
In addition, to St Anthony s,
East Mucurapo and St Mary s the
other schools in the seven-team
North Zone are Queen s Royal
College, Fatima College, Diego
Martin North Secondary and pro-
moted Malick Secondary.
Tomorrow, the East, Central,
South and Tobago Zones will all
commence league competition
from 3 pm at the Arima Munuci-
pal Stadium, Ato Boldon Stadium,
Couva; Skinner Park, San Fernan-
do, and Shaw Park Sporting Com-
in OSN Cup
Stephen Hart, second from right, speaks to members of the T&T team at the King Fahd
International Stadium in Riyadh yesterday.
East Mucurapo, Saints clash in SSFL curtain raiser
Goalkeepers: Jan-Michael Williams (Central FC),
Marvin Phillips (Point Fortin Civic Centre), Glenroy
Samuel (Caledonia AIA).
Defenders: Sheldon Bateau (KV Mechelen), Justin
Hoyte (Middlesbrough), Daneil Cyrus (W
Connection), Robert Primus (FC Aktobe), Mekeil
Williams (W Connection), Aubrey David (Caledonia
AIA), Radanfah Abu Bakr (FC Vosto), Curtis
Gonzales (Defence Force).
Midfielders: Kevan George (Columbus Crew), Andre
Boucaud (Notts County), Lester Peltier (Slovan
Bratislava), Kevin Molino (Orlando City), Densill
Theobald (Caledonia AIA), Ataullah Guerra
(Rovaniemen Palloseura), Khaleem Hyland (Racing
Genk), Marcus Joseph (Point Fortin Civic Centre).
Forwards: Kenwyne Jones (Stoke City), Willis Plaza
(Song Lam Nghe).
SOCA WARRIORS SQUAD
East Mucurapo v St
Mary's College, Hasely
Crawford Stadium, 3.30
Ormond Gabriel Trophy
St Anthony's College v
Stadium, 5.30 pm
St Benedict's College v
Shiva Boys, Skinner
Park, 3 pm
San Fernando v
Skinner Park, 5 pm
Presentation College v
Vishnu Boys, Ato Boldon
Stadium, 3 pm
Couva West v
Chaguanas North, Ato
Boldon Stadium, 5 pm
St Augustine v El
Dorado East, Arima
Velodrome, 3 pm
Arima North v San Juan
North, Arima Velodrome,
Signal Hill v Speyside,
Shaw Park, 3 pm
Scarborough v Mason
Hall, Shaw Park, 5 pm
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