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Friday, December 13, 2013
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World Cup trophy comes to T&T
The World Cup trophy paid a visit to T&T yesterday and former national standout Dwight Yorke hopes that T&T football will rise again to get another opportunity to participate in the most prestigious tournament in the world.
Speaking at a press conference at the Piarco International Airport, Yorke said nothing brings a country together like sports.
“I want to look back as far back as 1989. When you think of the disappointment. At the end of the day we did not qualify but it brought our country closer together, and that means a lot. Eventually we went on to 2006 to qualify for the World Cup. We all experienced it, there is nothing better than that feeling, everything stops, the people unite”, he said.
Yorke stated that travelling around the Caribbean for the past seven days has provided the feeling the World Cup brings. “Travelling as a sport ambassador for the past seven days, the experience seeing the joy and the pure excitement of the people says a lot.”
The former Manchester United forward is hopeful that the national team can find the form of the 2006 World Cup campaign. “In the past five years football has taken a dive for whatever reason, and we need to get back at that level.”
Minister of Sport Anil Roberts, was happy that T&T was selected as a destination for the trophy. “We are very privileged and honoured that T&T has been selected. We one out of the 89 countries and I am glad that the president of the T&T Football Association (TTFA) is here, because football in T&T is moving in the right direction and this (World Cup) is the goal, this is the dream. We want T&T to qualify for the next World Cup (2018), whether its played in winter or summer, hot or cold.”
President of the TTFA Raymond Tim Kee, who has seen T&T football improve since his time in office, is also hopeful that T&T will get to the World Cup in the near future.
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