T&T ‘Warriors’ prime up for Reggae Boyz

Joevin Jones joins preparations

Trinidad and Tobago head coach Dennis Lawrence welcomed German-bound Joevin Jones into his training session on Tuesday at Larry Gomes as the “Warriors” continued its preparations for Thursday’s International Friendly against Jamaica at Hasely Crawford Stadium at 8pm.

Jones turned up on Tuesday morning, joining the rest of the 21-man squad. However, according to Lawrence there is no confirmation that the player will take part in Thursdays match. Jones took full part in the 90-minute session and says he was eager to be part of the preparation for the all-important World Cup qualifier against Honduras at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Friday September 1st.

Also joining training on Tuesday was Finnish-based defender Aubrey David while Colorado Rapids defender Mekeil Williams is unavailable but is expected to join the squad next week for the Honduras encounter.

Defence Force defender Curtis Gonzales said the spirit in the T&T camp was very upbeat ahead of the showdown with the Reggae Boyz.

Joevin Jones is seen here with teammates Hashim Arcia and brother Alvin Jones in training today at Larry Gomes Stadium. Photo at top shows Dennis Lawrence speaking to his players including Jones during practice./TTFA Media

“The spirit is very upbeat. We have had good preparations so far. We know how important it is to get it right for the Honduras game and the rivalry with Jamaica is massive. I have never played against them (Jamaica) but I have heard lots of stories and I am feeling honoured to be part of the team that will take them on on Thursday. I expect the match to be a rough one,” Gonzales told TTFA Media.

W Connection winger Neil Benjamin jr is still looking for his international debut. He is hoping to get the nod from Lawrence on Thursday.

“It’s a great feeling to be on the national team now as coming out from the Benjamin family, I am the first one to actually make it onto the senior team. I’ve been welcomed with love and respect in this squad so the feeling has been great,” said Benjamin, whose father Nicholas is a former St Benedict’s College forward and uncle, Glen is a former National Under 20 player.

“We have to stay together as a team and keep working just as we have been doing for the last few days. The sessions have been of a very high intensity and you have to be sharp and ready for anything that comes your way. It really is making a difference in my development as a home-based player for when it’s time to go back to the club level,” Benjamin added.

The Jamaica teams comes in at 7:45pm on Tuesday and will train on Wednesday night at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. The T&T team will also train at the match venue on Wednesday evening. Tickets for the encounter remain on sale at all NLCB Lotto Locations priced at $100 (covered) and $50 (uncovered) and will also be on sale at the venue on Thursday. Tickets for the World Cup qualifier with Honduras are also on sale at Lotto locations and a purchase of these tickets will allow free access to T&T versus Jamaica, using the same ticket.

T&T 21-man squad for Jamaica match

HASHIM ARCIA/DEFENCE FORCE F.C.
ADRIAN FONCETTE/POLICE F.C.
MAURICE FORD/W CONNECTION F.C.
TARYK SAMPSON/CENTRAL F.C.
CURTIS GONZALES/DEFENCE FORCE F.C.
HUGHTUN HECTOR/W CONNECTION F.C.
TRISTON HODGE/W CONNECTION F.C.
ALVIN JONES/W CONNECTION F.C.
NATHAN LEWIS/SAN JUAN JABLOTEH
JARED LONDON/CLUB SANDO F.C.
RUNDELL WINCHESTER/NORTH EAST STARS
MARVIN PHILLIP/PT. FORTIN CIVIC CENTER
NATHANIEL GARCIA/CENTRAL F.C.
NEIL BENJAMIN/W CONNECTION F.C.
TYRONE CHARLES/CLUB SANDO F.C.
MARCUS JOSEPH/W CONNECTION F.C.
JULIO NOEL/SAN JUAN JABLOTEH
AUBREY DAVID/PS KEMI
AKEEM BENJAMIN (CENTRAL FC)
CORDELL CATO/SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
KEVON VILLAROEL/ NORTH EAST STARS