Trinidad and Tobago Men’s Senior Team will officially kick off FIFA World Cup 2022 preparations with back-to-back international friendlies against Caribbean rivals Grenada and Guyana on Nov. 11 and 14, respectively, at the Home of Football – Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA), calling on the public to rally behind the national team’s efforts towards Qatar 2022 from the beginning of the campaign, has priced entry fee on two-for-one specials for the Grenada and Guyana friendlies.
Entry costs TT$100 (covered) and TT$50 (uncovered), but buy your ticket for the Grenada game and you automatically have entry for the Guyana game. Tickets will go on sale from Monday 6 Nov. at all NLCB outlets and children under 12 will be admitted free of charge.
“These games represent the start of a process envisioned by coach Lawrence -- supported by the TTFA -- and we want fans to be there from the beginning,” said TTFA president David John Williams, whose local governing body hopes to utilise all international windows to provide competition for the national team.
“Our mission begins with the Caribbean and we will take it step by step from there,” said head coach Dennis Lawrence, who announced a 24-man roster for the upcoming Grenada and Guyana internationals friendlies which kicks off from 6pm and 7:30pm, respectively.
Minnesota United star Kevin Molino, Kazakhstan-based defender Sheldon Bateau, who has been enjoying life at FC Kairat this season, and Costa Rica-based forward Jamille Boatswain are among 11 overseas-based pros to combine with local-based players for the friendlies.
“Obviously we want to continue where we left off versus Mexico and the United States and end the year on a good note as we look ahead to the future,” added Lawrence who will resume national team training on Nov. 6 for the first time since the Soca Warriors’ historic 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over the United States in Couva on October 10.
Khaleem Highland, who captained T&T in the last two games, has been excused due to club commitments in Saudi Arabia with Al-Faisaly FC.
Full Trinidad and Tobago 24-man squad to face Grenada and Guyana
Adrian Foncette (Police FC), Greg Ranjitsingh (Louisville City FC—USA), Glenroy Samuel (Morvant Caledonia United).
Mekeil Williams (Colorado Rapids—USA), Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force), Sheldon Bateau (FC Kairat—Kazakhstan), Alvin Jones (W Connection), Triston Hodge (W Connection), Kevon Villaroel (North East Stars), Josiah Trimmingham (Club Sando).
Leston Paul (CD Pasaquina—El Salvador), Nathaniel Garcia (Point Fortin Civic), Kevan George (Jacksonville Armada—USA), Jared London (Club Sando), Neveal Hackshaw (Charleston Battery—USA), Kevin Molino (Minnesota United—USA), Nathan Lewis (San Juan Jabloteh), Neil Benjamin (W Connection), Hashim Arcia (Defence Force), Kathon St Hillaire (St Ann’s Rangers), Levi Garcia (AZ Alkmaar—Netherlands).
Shahdon Winchester (Murciélagos FC—Mexico), Akeem Roach (CD Vida—Honduras), Jamille Boatswain (LDA Alajuelense—Costa Rica).