|Warriors prepare to dent Bajan Pride |
By JOEL BAILEY Friday, January 12 2007
A NEW-look Trinidad and Tobago squad will oppose Barbados in today’s opening fixture of the 2007 Digicel Caribbean Cup finals at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.
Densil Theobald, the lone member of the 2006 World Cup squad included in Wim Rijsbergen’s team, is tipped to don the captain’s armband for the national team.
Kick-off time is 6 pm.
The other match of the double-header, in the Sedley Joseph Group, will feature French-speaking nations Haiti against Martinique at 8.30 pm. The other group, the Bobby Sookram Group, will get going at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella on Sunday with Cuba playing Guadeloupe and Guyana opposing St Vincent/Grenadines.
All eight teams are vying for a US$120,000 first prize, with the four semi-finalists assured of spots in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, scheduled from June 6 to 24 in the United States.
With the unavailability of the British-based professionals, Rijsbergen have also been forced to overlook a number of players from CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh.
The Jabloteh stars were not granted permission by their bosses to make themselves available for the 12-day tournament, and will instead focus their attention on this month’s CONCACAF Club Championships. But the opportunity is there for a number of TT recruits to become household names in Trinidad and Tobago football.
They include US-based club and collegiate players Scott Sealy, Leslie “Tiger” Fitzpatrick, Osei Telesford, Joel Bailey, Darryl Roberts, Abiola Clarence, Kwame Wiltshire, Keeron Benito, Anthony Noreiga and Makan Hislop.
Jan-Michael Williams, Marvin Phillips and Dwayne Jack will be seeking to establish their places on the national team while the enigmatic pair of Gary Glasgow and Kerwyn “Hardest” Jemmott have the chance, once and for all, to show their talents in a youthful TT outfit.
Entry fee is $50 for covered stands and $20 uncovered.
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: Jan-Michael Williams, Marvin Phillips (goalkeepers); Nicholson Thomas, Seon Power, Makan Hislop, Anthony Noreiga, Dwayne Jack, Nigel Daniel (defenders); Kerry Baptiste, Keeron Benito, Kwame Wiltshire, Osei Telesford, Densil Theobald, Kerwyn Jemmott, Christian Baptiste, Leslie Fitzpatrick (midfielders); Gary Glasgow, Abiola Clarence, Hayden Tinto, Joel Bailey, Darryl Roberts, Scott Sealy (strikers).
BARBADOS: Norman Forde, John Parris, Paul Ifill, Marc McCammon, Ryan Lucas, Romell Burgess, Dyson James, Gregory Goodridge, Renaldo Fenty, Rohan Hall, Jonathan Straker, John Hawkesworth, Ramuel Miller, Jeffrey Williams, Louie Soares, Neil Harvey, Alvin Rouse, Morrison Taylor.
HAITI: Gabard Fenelon, Gilles Dacius, Frantz Gilles, Peter Germain, Parnel Guerrier, Stephane Guillaume, Fucien Brunel, Wadson Corriolan, Eliphene Cadet, Alexandre Boucicaut, Fritzson Baptiste, Marcelin James, Pierre Richard Bruny, Mones Chery, Ednerson Raymond, Roody Lormera, Alain Vubert, Josue Mayard, Yvesner Normil, Reginald Kerlegrand.
MARTINIQUE: Xavier Bullet, Johan Clementia, Charles Coridon, Joan Deluge, Franciano Etinof, Gael Germany, Jose Goron, Steeve Gustan, Daniel Herelle, Eddy Heurlie, Eddy Huygues Beaufond, Jean Lavril, Audrick, Sebastien Lugiery, Willy Padoly, Patrick Percin, Olivier Sylvestre, Wilfrid Thalien.