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Soca Warriors to host Kiwis on October 15
T&T’s national men’s football team will face off with New Zealand in a friendly international at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on October 15.
Local fans will have their first opportunity to see the Soca Warriors in action up close since their promising run at the Concacaf Gold Cup and third place finish at the recent OSN Cup in Saudi Arabia. New Zealand earned second place at the OSN Cup.
In their first ever visit to this country, the “All Whites” will be preparing for its final World Cup qualification matches against the 4th place Concacaf hexagonal participant and is keen to experience a Concacaf environment.
T&T head coach Stephen Hart meantime said that he was anticipating what would be his debut home match at the helm of the national team since taking up the job in June.
“It’s a good international for us particularly as we are hoping to continue with the intentions of playing at least one international game per month,” Hart said.
“So far we have seen progress but it is important to have the group together at every affordable time and this game will provide us with another opportunity to work with the players and see them in a match situation against a respectable opponent in New Zealand which finished unbeaten at the 2010 World Cup Finals.”
TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee disclosed that this is yet another collaborative effort between TTFA, Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, and SPORTT to help bring the country’s most popular sport back to prominence.
“We are extremely pleased to announce that there will be an international friendly between our national men’s senior team and New Zealand later this month. Following discussions with the New Zealand FA last month, an agreement was reached and we are also wish to acknowledge the support of the Ministry of Sport and the Sportt Company for their commitment to the national team’s programme and this particular match on October 15,” TTFA president Tim Kee said yesterday.
“We are making progress in several areas of our development as was evident with the championship run of our women’s Under-17 team in Haiti this week where they were crowned Caribbean champions and our senior men’s team has also shown signs of advancement. The Minister of Sport Mr Anil Roberts has recognised this and we are pleased with the support that he and his Ministry continue to offer the TTFA,” Tim Kee said.
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