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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Soca Warriors will be hoping to give
retiring team-mate Port Vale s Christopher
Birchall the perfect send off today when
he lines-up for the 44th and final time, in
an international friendly against Jamaica
at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucu-
rapo, from 8 pm.
It will be the second match between both
teams in five days after the Warriors got a
seventh minute strike from Atualla Guerra
for a 1-0 win over the Reggae Boyz at Mon-
tego Bay on Friday.
The 29-year-old Birchall who made his
international debut in 2005 and is most
remembered for his wonder strike against
Bahrain in the first-leg of the FIFA 2006
World Cup playoff before he went on to
represent the Soca Warriors in Germany,
decided to call it quits earlier this year.
He and former World Cup team-mate
Carlos Edwards were invited to play before
their home fans, giving the T&T faithful
the chance to say thank you to two stalwarts
for their services to the national football.
Speaking at a press conference held at
Trotter s Restaurant, Maraval Road, yester-
day, Birchall said he had no regrets over his
decision to retire from international football
as he saw it as making way for a good crop
of young talent that was coming through
and heading in the right direction under
coach Stephen Hart.
Birchall, who cited family reasons and
travelling as his decision to quit praised the
federation for giving him the chance to say
Edwards also thanked the T&TFA for giv-
ing him the final chance to play alongside
Warriors coach Stephen Hart said he was
pleased with the spirit in which the match
was played in Montego Bay on Friday night.
He said it was very competitive and he is
looking ahead to today s return.
Jamaica s coach Winfried Schafer, echoed
the views stating he was happy that he was
getting a chance to expose the Jamaican-
based players to as much international foot-
ball as he can.
"We need to get the local players and the
players based in the USA to play as much
as they can so that in the future they would
gain the experience.
"The results of the matches at this
moment are not that important to me he
stressed, its secondary as I want the players
to get the experience."
Reflecting on the 1-0 loss at home to
T&T, Schafer said, "Our result was not a
catastrophe and I expect us to play much
The Warriors will be without two players
who were part of the squad last week in
Belgium-based Sheldon Bateau (KV Meche-
len) and Justin Hoyte of England s Millwall,
who have both been released back to their
Yesterday, the Kenwyne Jones-captained
local squad held a morning session at the
match venue while Jamaica trained later in
T&T-born Soca Warriors coach Stephen Hart, centre, greets German-born Jamaica Reggae
Boyz coach Winfried Schafer at the media briefing yesterday at the Trotter's Restaurant,
Maraval Road, for today's international friendly at the Hasely Crawford Stadium,
Mucurapo from 8 pm. Looking on are Soca Warriors' 2006 FIFA World Cup veterans Carlos
Edwards, left, and Christopher Birchall in whose honour the match is being held as he
retires from international football, and Jamaica's Je-Vaughn Watson. PHOTO: ANTHONY
Warriors to give
MUMBAI---Jason Holder said he and the
rest of players joining the West Indies squad
for three One-day Internationals against
India will be looking to make an impact.
The lanky Windies fast bowler was speak-
ing following a training session on Monday
morning under a scorching sun at the
Wankhede Stadium, where the visitors lost
the second of two Tests last Saturday.
West Indies were swept 0-2 in the Test
series, losing both matches by an innings
inside three days.
"Obviously, the guys were a bit disap-
pointed after the Test series, but we have a
fresh group of players here now," Holder told
reporters after the visitors trained yesterday
at the Wankhede Stadium here.
"We have some of the players from the
Test side and a couple of joining players. We
have got a new mindset and we have got a
new focus. We just have got to focus on the
"We are a very confident side at the
moment. It is the first series coming after
our series against Pakistan at home, which
wasn t the best, but I think we have a side
that can turn things around and move for-
"Previously, we haven t been playing that
well in the ODI format. We had been better
in the Test series leading up to this tour. This
however, is a fresh series and the guys are
coming off a break from ODIs, so they seem
quite refreshed and looking forward to playing
against the No 1 team."
The 6-foot, 8-inch tall Holder has played
just eight ODIs for the Caribbean side, making
his debut against Australia earlier this year
Jason Holder hungry for ODI success
West Indies stick
with beaten squad
MUMBAI---West Indies yesterday announced a
15-man squad to play a series of three Tests in
New Zealand next month with no changes fol-
lowing their two humiliating defeats to India
Selectors have stuck with the same side which
lost to India in back to back tests inside three days
by an innings and 51 runs and an innings and 126
The poor performances in India have sparked
a fresh call from former Windies fast bowler
Michael Holding for a change in the captaincy as
well as calls in some quarters for a shake-up in
the squad including the inclusion of mystery spin-
ner Sunil Narine.
Darren Sammy, who scored 25 runs over four
innings and bowled 21 wicketless overs in the
series, continues to captain the side.
"He should not be in the team. If Darren Sammy
is going to be captaining the West Indies team or
playing for West Indies he should be playing in
the shorter forms of the game. 50 overs 20 overs
that s fine. The type of slogging that he tries in
50 and 20 overs, he tries the same in test matches
which don t work," said Holding in an interview
with ESPN Cricinfo.
Only two West Indian batsmen managed to
aggregate more than 100 runs in the series, and
the only bowler who had success was offspinner
Shane Shillingford with 11 wickets.
The first Tests against New Zealand starts on
December 3 in Dunedin.
Currently at No 6 on the Test rankings, West
Indies will slip one rung lower should they lose
2-0 or worse. (CMC)
Akeem Adams has improved to the point
where he can now watch football on television,
the media in Budapest has reported.
Adams, 22, had been in a Budapest heart clinic
since September, when he suffered a massive
heart attack in his apartment which ended his
His mother, Ancilla Adams, has vowed to
remain in Hungary while he remains in hospi-
"While Akeem heals here, I am not moving
away. I ll stay in Budapest. Every day I talk to
him, hold his hand, to me it is the most important
(thing)," mom Ancilla Adams, told the Budapest
Adams has had four life-saving surgeries,
including the amputation of his left leg, and
currently survives on a mechanical heart.
He still needs a heart transplant, but is still
too weak to have the procedure.
Adams signed for the Hungarian club, Fer-
encvárosi in the summer, but has had a lot of
support since his tragedy.
Over 250 members of the Hungarian public
have donated blood and His club Ferencvárosi
recently raised some 10 million Hungarian dollars
for Adams rehabilitation.
Adams shows signs
Tickets for today's match are priced at
$100 (covered stands)
Available at: The Fan Club, MovieTowne,
Port-of-Spain and Gulf City
Kenny's Sports Outlets nationwide
Gates open at 1 pm.
Jamaica Reggae Boyz: Richard
McCullam, Gariece Mc Pherson, Je-Vaughn
Watson, Dicoy Williams, Montrose Phinn,
Alvas Powell, Darren Mattocks, Omar Daley,
Deshorn Brown, Jermaine Anderson, Kemar
Lawrence, Michael Seaton, Jason Johnson,
Jermaine Woozencraft, Andrew Vanzie,
Adrian Reid, Brian Brown, Upston Edwards.
T&T Soca Warriors: Jan-Michael Williams,
Cleon John, Daneil Cyrus, Radanfah Abu
Bakr, Carlyle Mitchell, Aubrey David, Curtis
Gonzales, Christopher Birchall, Carlos
Edwards, Kevan George, Densill Theobald,
Joevin Jones, Ataullah Guerra, Kenwyne
Jones, Rundell Winchester, Andre Boucaud,
Lester Peltier, Trevin Caesar.
Darren Sammy (capt), Denesh Ramdin (wk &
vice-capt), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine
Chanderpaul, Sheldon Cottrell, Narsingh
Deonarine, Kirk Edwards, Shannon Gabriel, Chris
Gayle, Veersammy Permaul, Kieron Powell,
Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford, Chadwick
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