A 20-man Trinidad and Tobago Senior Team will depart for St George’s Grenada on Friday to face Grenada’s Senior Team at the Kirani James National Stadium in an international friendly from 7:30pm on Saturday.
Head Coach Dennis Lawrence will complete his training camp on Friday before the team departs in the evening period following five days of training at the Ato Boldon Stadium.
“I think it was important that we come together at this time because when you look at the structure of the (Pro) league at the moment my concern is that the local based players are not really going to have much competitive football before we get to the USA match on June 8th” Lawrence told TTFA Media.
“I think it’s important to get them in together every now and again and get a competitive game.”
Regarding the inclusion of Mexican-based trio Yohance Marshall, Jomal Williams and Shahdon Winchester, Lawrence added “ The guys from Mexico had their season. They are now available and I think it’s important to give them an opportunity to show their worth. They will bring a bit of experience to the group and it gives us a chance to look at them and get them to understand what we want to do from now on.”
“I think the most important thing now is to get as much competitive football as possible with the league starting on May 26th is not really ideal so I will try and see how much football I can get into them before the two qualifiers,” added Lawrence.
There will be live radio broadcast of Saturday’s match on I95.5.FM.
The National Stadium was renamed after the island’s biggest sporting hero, 400M Olympic Gold Medalist, Kirani James on April 8th.
The decision to rename the stadium after James came after calls were made by Grenadians from all walks of life who considered it a fitting gesture to recognise the track star for what he has done for the country in the sporting arena. This Saturday’s affair will be the first official international match to be played since the renaming.
T&T 20-man squad
Marvin Phillip (Point Fortin Civic Centre),
Glenroy Samuel (Ma Pau Stars)
Jan Michael Williams (Ma Pau Stars)
Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force)
Triston Hodge (W Connection)
Alvin Jones (W Connection)
Seon Power (Central FC)
Yohance Marshall (Murcielagos FC)
Carlos Edwards (Ma Pau Stars)
Nathan Lewis (San Juan Jabloteh)
Jared London (Club Sando)
Leston Paul (Ma Pau Stars)
Hughtun Hector (W Connection)
Hashim Arcia (Defence Force)
Keron Cummings (Central FC)
Akeem Roach (Club Sando)
Jomal Williams (Murcielagos FC)
Shahdon Winchester (Murcielagos FC)
Jerrel Britto (Honduras Progreso)
Jamille Boatswain (Defence Force)