T&T to host Jamaica in Caribbean Clasico at Hasely Crawford Stadium
Trinidad and Tobago’s Senior Men’s Team will face off with Jamaica in a battle for Caribbean supremacy when the two nations clash in an International Friendly at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on August 24th at 8pm.
The game was confirmed by the TT Football Association (TTFA) today and will serve as a final build up for head coach Dennis Lawrence and the Warriors ahead of there all-important September 1st World Cup qualifier at home to Honduras.
Jamaica are coming off their Concacaf Gold Cup runners up performance after losing narrowly to the United States in the recent final and head coach Theodore Whitmore will be hoping to avenge his team’s previous 2-0 defeat to T&T when both teams met in a friendly in Port of Spain on November 19th, 2013.
For T&T, the game is all about preparations for Honduras and Panama in early September.
“This game comes at an ideal time for us in preparation for Honduras,” Lawrence told TTFA Media on Monday. “Jamaica are in a good moment after coming off a very positive showing at the Gold Cup and they will come here looking to maintain that form which means they will give us the kind of test we are looking for at that stage of the preparations, a week before we face Honduras.
“We will start training on August 14th for the matches coming up and this will obviously be a critical period for us which we are all anticipating a great deal,” Lawrence added.
TTFA President David John-Williams is also foreseeing a gripping contest on the night.
“This is Soca versus Reggae at its best. The Jamaicans are on a high at the moment and we know they always come hard when they have to face Trinidad and Tobago. We think that it is an excellent opportunity for our team to get just the kind of workout they will need before Honduras. It’s Tallest versus Tappa for Caribbean bragging rights. We want a packed house on August 24th to witness this Caribbean derby in Port of Spain,” John-Williams said.
John-Williams also relayed that both the T&T and Jamaica governing bodies are discussing the possibility of turning the encounter into an annual affair to mark their respective Independence with Jamaica celebrating its Independence on August 6th and T&T to do so on August 31st and additionally both countries also playing for the Captain Horace Burrell Challenge Cup in memory of the deceased for Jamaica Football President.
Tickets for the T&T versus Jamaica friendly will cost $100 (covered stands) and $50 (uncovered) and will be available at all NLCB Lotto Locations nationwide from this Wednesday,