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T&T to face Jamaica home and away
T&T’s senior men’s national team will close off its 2013 calendar with a home and away friendly international series against Caribbean rival Jamaica, on November 15 away in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and back home in Port-of-Spain, on November 19.
This was confirmed on Saturday following initial discussions between the T&T Football Association (TTFA) and the Jamaica Football Federation last month.
The T&T team, under head coach Stephen Hart, will travel to Montego Bay on November 12 for the first match at the Catherine Hall Complex before returning for the second match at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on November 19 at a kick off time to be determined.
Hart described the two matches, which fall on FIFA dates, as another valuable pair of outings for T&T which is gearing up for the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign. JFF President Captain Horace Burrell also stated in Kingston on Saturday that the fixtures would be viewed as the launch of Jamaica’s 2018 World Cup journey.
“It’s always a match with a lot to look forward to and a competitive one of that when these two countries meet,” said Hart.
“There is a lot of history and rivalry between us and I expect it to be no different later this month. We are continuing to work towards finding the right balance, the right combination of players and the right mindset and approach as it relates to our preparations for future competitions with the 2018 qualification being the main objective and we will treat these two matches in the same manner,” Hart added.
T&T’s last win over the “Reggae Boyz” was in 2001, a 2-1 win in the Caribbean Cup (Copa Caribe) at the Hasely Crawford Stadium while the Jamaicans won the last two previous meetings, 1-0 in Kingston 2010 and 3-1 at the Marvin Lee Stadium, Tunapuna, that same year.
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