T&T team enter intense training camp
Trinidad and Tobago’s Senior Footballers will return to the grind from Monday with the start of an intense residential training camp in Port of Spain before the team departs for the United States on July 1st to participate at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
National team head coach Stephen Hart will take a 23-man squad into camp with training sessions slated to take twice and even three times daily at a venue to be determined in Trinidad. Following that, the team then travels to Fort Lauderdale for another camp before going off to Chicago to begin the Gold Cup
Belgium-based defender Sheldon Bateau shared his feelings after the 3-0 loss to
Jordan, saying he and his teammates are fully aware of the responsibilities they hold at the moment as the “Soca Warriors” try to fix things heading into the Gold Cup.
“I think we are all disappointed with the performance in the last game against Jordan. I was disappointed with my own performance and the all round performance of the team. Jordan were more prepared than us having played a game a few days and won it. We know what our capabilities are so that made it worse in terms of how we played and the end result,” Bateau told TTFA Media.
We have a lot of young players and home based players and it will take some time for them to really understand the task ahead. We don’t have a long time but I think it is enough time for us to get this right.
“Everyone understands it will take a lot more than what they are giving currently. But I think it’s also more than just the players going out on the field. There is a lot to be done behind the scenes to create the right environment. It’s sometimes difficult for players to forget what is going on behind the scenes and just focus on football. The happy feeling that we have had is not there at the moment
“Now we’ve got to put our heads down and fix things. We have a responsibility to the country and to ourselves as players to put the loss behind us and focus on what is ahead and that means making sacrifices and putting in endless work before our first game against Guatemala next month,” Bateau added.
“I understand the fans just want to see good football and they don’t care about what happens off the field. But some things affects the team indirectly. Wee have shown that we can play good football and that we have what it takes to pull off a good performance at the Gold Cup so I believe turning things around it is not beyond us” the former Jabloteh player said.
“For me this is like World Cup qualifiers or even the Under 20 World Cup in terms of the stage. This is a big stage for us in CONCACAF and we really have to come together for the benefit of everyone involved and for the country.
T&T faces Guatemala on July 9th in Chicago taking on facing Cuba and Mexico.
The T&T team returned to Piarco at 5pm on Friday from Caribbean Airlines out of London.