Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 12th 2014 Contents I did not play against Argentina but I
saw everything from the bench and there
was a lot happening," said Caesar, one
of the newer additions to the national
He mentioned that the T&T team is
a work in progress and he intends to
give Stephen Hart his all as they look
ahead to the Caribbean Cup and Gold
Cup campaigns later this year.
"We have to keep growing as a team
and these kind of games plays a big part.
"I felt really good on the pitch against
Iran. I ran at those guys to see how good
they are and how good I could be against
them. I need to work on staying more
composed and taking my opportunities
when they come. I have to stay focused
for long times and keep building myself
as a player for international football."
Webb tells Congress
---No more corruption
Concacaf president Jeffrey Webb
pledged to never to return to the con-
federation's corruption-tainted past.
Webb was speaking at the Concacaf
Congress at the Sheraton Hotel in Sao
Paulo on Tuesday which was attended
by TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee,
general secretary Sheldon Phillips and
T&T Football Association (TTFA) exec-
utive committee member Richard Quan
Chan. Webb told delegates there would
be no let up in maintaining the trans-
parency showed in his two years in
"This year has been most challenging
and we have acted decisively to reform
our confederation while continuing to
invest in our future," Webb said. "We
have rebuilt our foundation, now let's
continue the good work."
Webb described corruption within
football as "the biggest single threat"
to the game but one his confederation
would be tackling head on. He revealed
Concacaf would be investing an esti-
mated 70 percent of its budget over the
next year in some 80 development pro-
Dennis backs Brazil for
World Cup success
Everton assistant coach Dennis
Lawrence is backing Brazil to win the
2014 World Cup.
The former T&T defender gave his
predictions in Everton recently as he
and other Everton coaching staff officials
sat down for talks ahead of the Finals
which kicks off today in Sao Paulo.
"I am a believer that the Brazilian
team is going to win it. They are destined
to do well. It's in their country and there
is a lot of pressure to on them to do
well," Lawrence said.
He selected Italy as the team to spring
"The darkhorse is the Italians. They
always seem to know how to get the
The former Wrexham and Defence
Force player picked Brazilian Fred to be
the tournament's topscorer.
"I'm going to go with Fred. He will
have a good team in front of him and
the fans will be backing him. It will be
interesting to see how Neymar adapts
to it. I will keep a close eye on him and
see how he acquits to it during this
World Cup," Lawrence said.
Jones to enjoy some time out
T&T captain Kenwyne Jones plans
on spending the next few days away
from the football pitch as he tries to put
his legs up following the season in Eng-
land with Cardiff City and with the
national team for the Argentina and Iran
Jones, speaking in Sao Paulo after the
2-0 loss to Iran, said he was fixed on
ensuring he continues to enjoy the game
wherever that may be.
"I'll be having a little bit of rest and
then gong back to work wherever the
transfer window takes me," Jones said.
There have been talks that Newcastle
United and a couple other clubs have
been eying the former Sunderland man.
"I don't know as yet where that will
be. But hopefully I'll be moving forward
and playing football and enjoying it.
"Generally I know that playing football
is what I'm about and I'll be looking to
doing that on a regular basis. The period
with the national team was a decent
one. I think as a player I enjoyed it and
we've seen some progress with the team
which is always the most important
team. There is still some work to be
done but this is an ongoing process
which can only get better with time
with more quality matches and prepa-
rations," Jones said.
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munications for the T&T Football Associ-
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T&T's Kenwyne Jones, left, goes for a header during the Soca Warriors friendly
match against Argentina last Wednesday in Buenos Aires. T&T lost 3-0.
If T&T were to play Argentina
again tomorrow, midfielder
Ataulla Guerra would not change
his greeting towards Lionel Messi
during the meeting of both teams
before kick off.
That was the clear stance taken
by the Central FC player as he
explained his bowing action to the
Barcelona star before T&T's friendly
international against Argentina in
Buenos Aires last Wednesday.
"It wasn't something that I
planned to do before the game. It
just happened. It happened out of
my natural feelings of being on the
same pitch with the four-time play-
er of the world. I was just smiling
in my mind and happy and proud
for me and my family to be there.
I was proud of myself to make that
step forward in football. I only
bowed because it was a form of
respect to the player," Guerra said.
Looking back at the two matches
against Argentina and Iran, the man
from East Dry River said the expe-
rience was second to none but is
hopeful of T&T working its weak
areas for future outings.
"We have to make sure we don't
give up easy goals. We have to keep
working hard and take everything
on board. We as players have to
always stay focus and take in every-
thing the coaches are passing onto
us," said Guerra.
"The experience of playing two
World Cup teams will go a long
way in helping our team for future
Caesar soaks up the experience
T&T senior player Trevin Caesar
added some zest to the team's
attack when he entered play in the
second half of this country's 2-0
loss to Iran in Sao Paulo last Sunday.
The former Under-23 player, now
a member of North East Stars said
he took in everything possible dur-
ing the last two weeks as he seeks
to improve his conditions for inter-
"It was a great learning experi-
ence and a wonderful feeling being
so close and observing players like
Lionel Messi and (Angel) Di Maria.
Guerra: I didn't plan to bow
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