Fri, May


Trinidad and Tobago’s Senior Footballers will continue their build up to the semi-final round of 2010 World Cup qualifying action with another friendly international against Netherlands Antilles on Thursday at Guaracara Park, Point-a-Pierre from 7:30pm. Head coach Francisco Maturana, following his team’s 2-0 win over Guyana last week, has called up basically the same squad but has invited striker Andre Toussaint.

Five players of the six  recent additions are however unavailable due to the close timing of the match and conflicting schedules with their respective clubs as they prepare for the upcoming season. Defender Cyd Gray, based here, is the only one available and has been included in the 18-man squad.

Maturana though will have the chance to see these unavailable players in a proposed match scheduled to be played here on July 27 and invitations will be extended to those players including Dwight Yorke, Chris Birchall, Avery John, Silvio Spann and Scott Sealy. In the mix for Thursday’s match is striker Cornell Glen and midfielder Khaleem Hyland who is reportedly on the very of securing a long term contract with English club Portsmouth.

“We have decided to go ahead with the match because every warm up match will play a part in our preparations. Of course the coach would have liked the opportunity to see some of the other faces but this we expect will happen later in the month. Cyd Gray will be back in the team and Mr Maturana will continue to monitor some of the other players we have in the current squad,” team manager David Muhammad told TTFF Media.

The Netherlands Antilles are coming off a narrow 1-0 defeat to Haiti in a second round World Cup qualifying encounter last month. They are also preparing for upcoming Digicel Caribbean Cup action.

The 18-man squad


1.Marvin Phillip – W Connection
2.Glenroy Samuel – Caledonia AIA

3.Makan Hislop – United Petrotrin
4.Kareem Smith – United Petrotrin
5.Cyd Gray – Clico San Juan Jabloteh
6.Akeem Adams – W Connection
7.Aklie Edwards – Defence Force
8.Keyeno Thomas – Joe Public F.C.
9.Radanfah Abu Bakr – Unattached
10.Keon Daniel – United Petrotrin
11.Khaleem Hyland – Unattached
12.Ataullah Guerra – Clico Jabloteh F.C.
13.Kerry Baptiste – Joe Public FC
14.Akeil Guevera – North East Stars
15.Anthony Wolfe – North East Stars
16.Clyde Leon – W Connection
17.Cornell Glen – Unattached
18.Andre Toussaint – W Connection