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Warriors assemble ahead of New Zealand match
T&T head coach Stephen Hart had his first training session with members of the national team yesterday, in preparation for Tuesday’s friendly international match against New Zealand at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, in Mucurapo.
For the match which has been billed ‘Heart of a Warrior,’ Hart says his troops are in high spirits and are putting their focus on securing a win in honour of 22-year-old defender Akeem Adams, who continue to battle for his life in Hungary.
“There is a lot more involved in this game apart from it being a friendly international. In saying that I think it’s a great opportunity for us as team to run out before the home fans and give a display and show ourselves and our capability as a team as every match with the exception of one (against Peru) was played outside of the country this year,” Hart said. “There are a lot of motivating factors in this one.”
The likes of Hughtun Hector and Cordell Cato are preparing under Hart for the first time and new call up Rundell Winchester will be pressing for his debut at international level on Tuesday.
“We’ve started the camp with a few more of the boys coming in and the mood is quite good. The group remains focused with the majority of the guys being together last month in Saudi Arabia and we’ll be trying to fine tune a couple things but also be trying to continue that momentum we’ve had from the Gold Cup and the OSN Cup in Saudi Arabia,” Hart said.
Middlesbrough defender Justin Hoyte is also keyed up for the match as he makes his debut on T&T soil.
“I’ve heard a lot of great things from the boys about playing before the home fans when there’s a big match and the stands are actually filled. And I’m hoping I get to experience that on Tuesday. I know there is a lot of hype around the game and I’m really looking forward to it.
“I haven’t had the chance to play with Akeem Adams but the others guys in the squad have been friends and teammates of his and I know they’re all touched by what has happened. We’ll do our part to contribute in whatever way we can. I know we’ll be looking to put on a good performance against New Zealand next week,” Hoyte said.
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