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Warriors, Kiwis clash in friendly
Two teams with two different agendas, a rebuilding T&T and World Cup contender New Zealand, will clash in an international friendly, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port-of-Spain, from 7.15 pm tonight.
T&T, on a high after a third-placed finish at the OSN Cup in Saudi Arabia, last month, as well as a milestone quarterfinal end to the Concacaf Gold Cup, is expected to put on a strong performance against the Kiwis, which has held no secret of its intention of preparing for the fourth-placed finisher in the Concacaf confederation group in a two-match play-off for the 2014 Fifa World Cup.
Two debutants are in for T&T, Cordell Cato of San Jose Earthquakes and Central FC’s Rundel Winchester, while Hughtun Hector returns for the first time in several matches. On the flip side, two key defenders, Joevin Jones and Daneil Cyrus, both of W Connection have been dropped for an apparent act of indiscipline, raising some concern for the T&T back-line, which has conceded four goals in the last two matches. Leading the Soca Warriors is a seemingly revived Kenwyne Jones, who has five goals in his last six appearances.
Yesterday, at a media briefing at Trotters Sports Bar and Grill, Maraval Road, the New Zealand team, represented by coach Ricki Herbert and skipper Winston Reid of England’s West Ham United echoed similar sentiments on what it aims to achieve with today’s tie, and it is not a draw.
Reid a 25-year-old defender, who plays regularly for West Ham, is among the top players to watch. In terms of goals, however, Rory Fallon a forward of Scottish club St Johnstone, leads the team with three goals in 14 internationals.
Herbert acknowledged the T&T’s rally of support for Akeem Adams, who recently awoke from anesthesia after the removal of the lower part of his left leg, in a procedure described by his doctors as “life-saving” due to poor circulation which resulted from a massive heart attack late last month.
Herbert said his team would aide in whatever way it can. And, as part of the effort, New Zealand’s players have agreed to sport t-shirts printed in support of Adams at a ceremony prior to kickoff.
Speaking on his Concacaf warm-up test today, however, the Kiwi coach said, “We do see Trinidad (and Tobago) as an extremely tough opponent”. Herbert would have taken notes on the Warriors as New Zealand was also present at the OSN Cup, where it lost 2-0 in the final to the UAE.
Tonight’s match will be broadcasted delayed on CNC3 tonight (Tuesday) from 8 pm.
Goalkeepers: Jan-Michael Williams, Marvin Phillips.
Defenders: Carlyle Mitchell, Justin Hoyte, Aubrey David, Curtis Gonzales, Sheldon Bateau, Mekeil Williams, Radanfah Abu Bakr.
Midfielders: Kevan George, Densill Theobald, Hughtun Hector, Khaleem Hyland, Kevin Molino, Andre Boucaud, Marcus Joseph, Lester Peltier Ataullah Guerra.
Forwards: Willis Plaza, Cordell Cato, Rundell Winchester, Kenwyne Jones (capt).
New Zealand Squad
Goalkeepers: Glen Moss, Tamati Williams.
Defenders: Andrew Durante, Tony Lochead, Winston Reid (capt), Tommy Smith, Aaron Scott, Bill Tuiloma, Ivan Vicelich.
Midfielders: Leo Bertos, Jake Butler, Aaron Clapham, Jeremy Chistie, Craig Henderson, Cam Howieson, Dan Keat, Michael McGlinchey, Cole Peverley.
Forwards: Kosta Barbarouses, Kris Bright, Jeremy Brockie, Rory Fallon.
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