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‘Warriors’ upbeat on way to Buenos Aires
This country’s 22-man squad will depart for Buenos Aires this morning with all intentions of producing a spirited performance in next Wednesday’s Friendly International against South American giants Argentina at the Estadio Monumental. Coach Stephen Hart conducted his last two sessions on home soil at the Larry Gomes Stadium on Saturday and will be hoping to see his squad members give everything in the highly anticipated encounter at the home venue for top Argentina club River Plate. Team captain Kenwyne Jones says his teammates will not be bothered by who Argentina head coach Alejandro Sabella includes in his starting eleven for the 4.30 pm kick off (3.30 pm T&T Time).
“We are happy to be going to play the game and we are going to put our best foot forward. We’re focused and we intend to take that into the match. We’re not too bothered about who their coach is going to select in his starting team,” Jones told TTFA Media. “We’ve been in camp since the 20th and preparation have been coming along quite well. We had a nice blow out in the final scrimmage and the team and everyone seems in pretty good condition as we head into Argentina. “Of course it’s a big test to play Argentina . It’s no different to us going to play Guatemala or Honduras in Honduras. I think it’s going to be the same kind of atmosphere. Of course they are preparing for a World Cup and they have some of the world’s best players but we are going to go there to try and improve on the things we have done in the past and also work on some new stuff. For us it’s all about moving forward with our preparation for the next World Cup campaign,” the Cardiff City forward stated.
DirecTV W Connection midfielder Joevin Jones is also keen on taking the field against the two-time World Cup winners. “I’ve been in some big games before but this has to be the biggest of my career. I’m just concentrating on my task. I’d like to play my part in trying to help the team give a strong showing. I’ll be thinking about everything that I have to do on matchday over the next few days,” Jones said. Meantime, the team, along with the local supporters will now depart on a Caribbean Airlines charter at 9.30 am today, instead of the previously scheduled 1 am departure.
Goalkeepers: Jan-Michael Williams (Central FC), Marvin Phillip (Point Fortin CC)
Defenders: Justin Hoyte (Millwall), Gavin Hoyte (Dagenham & Redbridge), Radanfah Abu Bakr (FK Kruoja Pakruojis)
Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force), Carlyle Mitchell (Vancouver Whitecaps), Sheldon Bateau (KV Mechelen), Yohance Marshall (Central FC),
Midfielders: Khaleem Hyland (Racing Genk), Ataullah Guerra (Central FC), Andre Boucaud (unattached), Kevan George (Dayton Dutch Lions), Lester Peltier (Slovan Bratislava), Joevin Jones (W Connection), Densill Theobald (Caledonia AIA), Kevin Molino (Orlando City)
Forwards: Marcus Joseph (Point Fortin CC), Rundell Winchester (Central FC), Willis Plaza (Central FC), Trevin Caesar (North East Stars), Kenwyne Jones (Captain,Cardiff City)
Technical staff: Stephen Hart (coach), Hutson Charles (assistant coach), Derek King (assistant coach), Michael Maurice (goalkeeper coach), William Wallace (manager), David Muhammad (manager), Peter Rampersad (manager), Dave Isaac –(football therapist), Michael Williams (equipment manager), Israel Dowlat (Doctor), Shaun Fuentes (Press Officer).