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Hart expected to name Warriors squad today
Head coach Stephen Hart is expected to announce his T&T squad today for the match against New Zealand on October 15.
The Kiwis have confirmed two other matches in the United States prior to their arrival in Port-of- Spain on Sunday. Coach Ricki Herbert will announce his squad today and it is expected to include Blackburn Rovers midfielder Tim Payne, Burnley’s Cameron Howieson, West Ham United defender Winston Reid, Ipswich Town defender Tommy Smith and Leicester City forward Chris Wood as well as Stuttgart FC midfielder Marco Rojas who made his debut in a 2014 World Cup qualifier against New Caledonia in March. Reid and Smith though will only be available for the match against T&T as the other games fall outside of the Fifa window.
The All Whites will play Mexican club Queretaro and MLS club Chivas USA on October 9, outside the official Fifa window (October 11-15), so clubs don’t have to release their players. There is also no obligation to release players for a game against a club side; Fifa rules apply only to sanctioned international matches.
T&T midfielder Densill Theobald, one of the surviving members of the 2006 World Cup squad, had a chance to witness New Zealand in action in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia last month. And he expects the visitors to be formidable opponents. “They will be coming here to get the most of the match as they prepare for the playoffs. It reminds me of our period in 2005 before we faced Bahrain. We didn’t have any warm ups but our team was in top form after the win against Mexico. New Zealand will want to be on top of their game also,” Theobald said.
“Our team is preparing for the future and the coach is rotating his squad but at the same time I know he wants his best squad available and this will be a great opportunity for us to put on a good performance in front of the home fans. It’s been some time since we played a quality match at the National Stadium and in that sense I think we’re all expecting it to be a fascinating contest,” Theobald added.
New Zealand’s director Fred de Jong said the buildup to their World Cup playoff in November against the Concacaf fourth placed team will still be extremely beneficial.
“We’re pretty happy to that we can get this international fixture off the ground because in essence it mirrors our preparation for November should our opposition be Panama or Honduras,” said de Jong
“I think the main thing for this side is time together. I think that’s the key thing and I also don’t think it would be advantageous playing someone like Brazil or Spain.
“Because you want to try and get competitive games against the type of opposition you’re going to come up against. I think this set of three games is very good and this window is incredibly difficult to get games. So it’s taken a bit longer but we’ve been talking to Trinidad and Tobago for a good two months now,” he ended.
T&T, New Zealand tickets on sale
Tickets for the October 15 friendly international between T&T and New Zealand will be available from tomorrow at $100 (covered), $75 (uncovered), ($125 Akeem Adams Section).
The ticket outlets are: The Fan Club (Movietowne POS and Gulf City, San Fernando), More Vino Woodbrook and San Fernando; All Out Sports Bar, Queen’s Park Oval; Law 5 Sports Bar, Chaguanas; Tobago FA Office, Fairfield Complex in Scarborough.
Fans will be able to purchase their Akeem Adams – Heart of a Warrior T-shirt from today at all Native Spirit branches, Long Circular Mall (622-7969) Native Spirit Gulf City Mall (653-8282), Native Spirit Trincity Mall (640-8264).
The T-shirts will be sold at a cost of $100 with all proceeds going towards the “Heart of a Warrior” fund.
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