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T&T duo Dennis Lawrence and
Russell Latapy are both heading into
exciting finishes with their respective
clubs in the English and Scottish top
Leagues as they try to secure places
in European competition for next
Lawrence has been right up there
with Everton s boss Roberto Martinez,
as his assistant as their team enjoys
a fine run in the English Premier
League. Their 2-0 victory over Man-
chester United on the weekend
strengthened their chances of clinching
a spot in the Champions League next
To qualify for the Champions
League, Everton in fifth spot with 69
points, needs fourth placed Arsenal
(70 points) to drop points. Both teams
have three games left.
"Dennis Lawrence is one of Roberto
Martinez s trusted right-hand men.
He has worked with the Blues boss
since his formative days at Swansea---
and Martinez has enormous respect
for his work," a feature in the Liverpool
"I have huge, huge admiration for
what Dennis has done so far," Martinez
said. "I know he will carry on being a
very influential figure at Everton."
Meantime, Latapy s Inverness Cale-
donia Thistle drew 0-0 with current
Scottish Premiership second place team
Aberdeen on the weekend. Inverness,
pressing for a Europa League spot, are
in fifth place with 53 points, one point
behind fourth place Dundee United and
eight behind third place Motherwell.
Latapy is currently the assistant coach
Paul, De Silva happy to
be teammates again
They both played in two Fifa youth
World Cups for this country and were
also teammates at St Mary s College.
At Present Leston Paul and Sean De
Silva are once again enjoying being
reunited on the professional stage at
local club Central FC.
Ex-national youth captain Paul and
De Silva both completed their degrees
and US College football stints and took
up the invitation to return to the local
scene. Paul was a member of the Guaya
United team that captured the TTFA
bMobile Super League last season while
De Silva agreed to join the "Sharks"
earlier this season.
"It s good being able to be home and
playing again," said Paul, who was a
standout for University of South Florida
"I would say we have a great team
in the making. It s a long-term project
for the club and they have only been
in existence for two years but I m enjoy-
ing being here. I want to challenge for
things and I know the club has big
ambitions," Paul said while at the Cen-
tral FC Easter football camp which the
TTFA assisted, on one of the days at
Presentation College Ground in
De Silva meantime, is hopeful the
team can still press for a Caribbean
Football Union (CFU) spot en route to
the Concacaf Champions League.
"We didn t lose a match since I joined
the club until last week against North
East Stars. That s been the only dis-
appointment for me really. I ve been
coming off the bench but I m always
ready to make my contribution. Obvi-
ously for both me and Leston, the
ambition is to work our way back onto
the national team," said De Silva, a past
member of College of Charleston and
Minnesota United FC.
Paul added that he still thinks of
deceased former teammate Akeem
Central clashes with W Connection
in what promises to be a keenly con-
tested Lucozade Cup Final tomorrow
at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
First goal delight for Aubrey
National senior defender Aubrey
David scored his first goal for Finnish
Premier League side FF JAro as his club
thumped KUPS 4-1 on the weekend.
David, joining the club from Cale-
donia AIA a few weeks back, netted in
the 52nd minute while fellow Trinida-
dian, Shahdon Winchester, on loan
from W Connection, netted for Jaro in
"It was a great feeling to get our first
three points. It was a solid performance
by the team, and I was very happy to
be on the scoresheet as well, I thank
God for our first three points an my
first goal," David said.
"I am adapting well to the conditions
and being away from home. It s a simple
and basic lifestyle here and I am used
to it already. Shahdon being here also
makes it a bit more comfortable."
David was a member of the T&T
youth teams at the 2007 and 2009 Fifa
Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups.
He was also in the T&T s Gold Cup
squad last year.
Iran warms up in South Africa
World Cup-bound Iran continued
their preparations for the upcoming
Brazil Finals with a 5-0 victory over
South African Premiership club Moroka
Swallows in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
Scheduled to play T&T in their final
World Cup warm up in Sao Paolo on
June 8, Iran got their goals from Payam
Sadeghian, Reza Norouzi, Mohammad-
Reza Khalatbari and Karim Ansarifard
(2).Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz said
he was satisfied with his team s progress
as they look ahead to their final leg of
their preparations which closes with
the match against T&T.
"Our main goal was not to get a good
result in this friendly match; we wanted
to identify the weak and strong points
of the team. We will continue the fitness
training to get players to a good level,"
Queiroz said after the match.
"If everyone supports us I believe
Iran will have a good performance in
2014 World Cup in Brazil. We have the
games to come later on (against T&T,
Belarus, and Mozambique among oth-
ers) and we will work in relation to
Iran has been drawn in Group F of
the 2014 World Cup along with
Argentina, Nigeria, and Bosnia and
The Asian heavyweights will leave
Iran on May 12 to hold a training camp
in Austria where they will face Belarus,
Montenegro and Angola in the camp.
Iran will play Nigeria in Curitiba on
June 16 in its first group match. Prior
to the Iran match, T&T will also meet
Argentina in La Plata on June 4.
Shaun Fuentes is the director of
communications for the TTFA.
Lawrence, 'Latas' chase European places
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