Former national coach Ron La Forest is expecting a good performance from the T&T football team when it faces Iran in an international friendly match at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran Iran today.
La Forest, who also coached at all levels of football in T&T, is predicting a return of the good days in T&T football, which could become a reality because of the players' positive response to the coach Dennis Lawrence.
"The more international friendly matches the team plays, the more the players will jell as a unit and improve the quality of football they can produce," La Forest explained.
He said, "As a coach, I do not make predictions, but the good thing is that because the players have been responding to Lawrence's style of coaching, it will be up to him to decide what he wants the players to do in the match, and how. "
Lawrence has called up under-20 striker Isaiah Lee for the encounter, alongside other key players such Attaula Guerra from Charleston Battery in the United States, German-based winger Joevin Jones, Saudi Arabia based duo of Lester Peltier and Daneil Cyrus, and defender Sheldon Bateau who plays professionally in Kazakhstan.
"I think the players have a nice father figure in Dennis Lawrence who has been strict and very professional as he carries out his duties as a coach. We will win some and lose some, but I expect that there will be gradual progress until eventually, we will have a strong team," La Forest explained further.
La Forest who has guided Guaya United to a clean sweep of the League and all other titles at stake in the 2017 edition of the T&T Super League, told Guardian Media Sports the winner of the match will be determined by who clicks on the day.
He said, "Iran has a very strong team but in football, it is very unpredictable. I cannot and will not attempt to suggest what type of football Lawrence should play, but whether they go out strong in attack or play from a steady defence, will all be determined by the approach Lawrence wants to take tomorrow."
T&T went down to Thailand 1-0 in their last international friendly match in Thailand recently, and according to Lawrence, he will be going after a positive result tomorrow.