With FIFA President Gianni Infantino scheduled to arrive in Port of Spain on Monday morning for a series of events related to football development, one of the fun-filled and light-hearted activities slated to take place will be a football match between a FIFA/TTFA team and a Government/Sportt outfit at the Ato Boldon Stadium following the press conference at the Couva venue during the afternoon period.
There are some well known personalities that will line up for both teams. TTFA President David John-Williams is expected to lead out a well balanced outfit consisting of names such as Dennis Lawrence, Stern John, Russell Latapy, Jamaal Shabazz, Women’s Team coach Carolina Morace, Jinelle James, TTFA General Secretary Justin Latapy-George, Brian Williams, Stuart Charles Fevrier, Richard Piper, Muhammad Isa, Ross Russell and Clayton Ince also including FIFA President Infantino and members of his visiting entourage as well as other TTFA officials.
The Sportt Company/Government team will include the likes of Minister of Sports Darryl Smith, Minister of National Security Edmund Dillon, Esmond Forde, Anthony Blake, Joel Gibbons, Dwayne Richardson, Tyrone Marcus, Cindy Cupid, Richard Smith, Garvin Warrick, Dexter Skeene, Omar Hadeed, Francis Lovell,Maylee Attin-Johnson, Leonson Lewis, Jomo Pitt and Jason Williams among others.
The game will comprise of two fifteen minute halves.
Shortly after being elected as FIFA President last year, Infantino spent part of his first day at the office hosting a football match at FIFA headquarters for staff and several greats of his generation.
“A great day,” Infantino said later. “The hard works starts now, we are ready for that.”
In January, Infantino and Diego Maradona played in ‘Team One’ of a four-team competition, lining up alongside the likes of Gabriel Batistuta, Macel Desailly, Lucas Radabe and Francesco Toldo in Zurich.
They took on other star-studded teams with Dwight Yorke, Carles Puyol, Walter Zenga, Pablo Aimar, Eric Abidal and Michel Salgado all turned out for the light-hearted event.
Infantino will arrive here on Monday after attending the CONCACAF Congress in Aruba over the past two days which was also attended by John-Williams and Latapy-George. The FIFA boss is also scheduled to visit Grenada and Guyana prior to his arrival at Piarco for a day of activities which includes official visits and meetings with President Anthony Carmona, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and TTFA officials.