Trinidad and Tobago’s senior team assembled for the beginning of their residential camp in Port of Spain on Monday midday ahead of an evening training session at the Hasely Crawford Stadium training pitch leading up towards Friday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Panama.
The players met with head coach Dennis Lawrence and his staff on Monday and appeared to be in an extreme mode of focus as they prepare for what to this point is the most important game of the qualifying campaign.
Midfielder Kevan George echoed that sentiment on Monday as he described it as “mandatory” for T&T to complete the mission on Friday night.
The only overseas-based players left to join camp are Seattle Sounders’ Joevin Jones who comes in on Monday evening while Levi Garcia and Sheldon Bateau arrive on Tuesday. Already in are Kenwyne Jones, Kevin Molino, Aubrey David, Radanfah Abu Bakr, Andre Boucaud, Cordell Cato, Kevan George, Mekeil Williams, Willis Plaza and Khaleem Hyland.
“Right now it’s not an option. We have to come together as a unit and get a result on Friday. It’s a mandatory battle for us on Friday,” George told TTFA Media on Monday.
“I am very excited about the whole experience. I am honoured to be in the programme again. He (Dennis) seems to be a very stand up person and doesn’t beat around the bush. With a new staff comes changes so we have to be already ready to adapt to what’s happening,” the Jacksonville Armada player added.
“We are all professionals and at some point in our careers and lives we experience change. It’s just the business side of things. As players we worry about the final product on the field of play.”
He mentioned that the importance of the result does weigh in on the minds of the players but it is something they will be ready to handle.
“That is the mindset going into the game where we try not to think too much about the need to get a result but of course we are all thinking about the result at the end of the day. We are all competitors but we have to learn how to separate things and create a balance. Okay, we need to think about the performance and with a good performance there is a greater probability of us winning the game,” George stated.
Panama arrives on Wednesday ahead of Friday’s encounter.
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