The Hasely Crawford Stadium will be the centerstage for a renewed rivalry between Caribbean arch rivals as this country’s senior men’s team warms up for a crucial World Cup qualifier with an international friendly clash against Jamaica from 8pm on Thursday.
The Reggae Boyz arrived in Port of Spain on Tuesday night and had a one off training session at the venue on the eve of the encounter which will preceded another friendly for them against Canada in early September. For Dennis Lawrence’s men meantime, Thursday’s outing would have a lot more to it as the “Warriors” ready themselves for a critical assignment against Honduras on September 1st at the Ato Bolton Stadium.
Lawrence spoke on the eve of the match, stating that his side will look to complete a good week of preparations with a solid showing.
“It’s an encounter which for our purpose, is here to serve our preparation for the Honduras game. We’ve had a good week with the boys in the squad,” Lawrence told TTFA Media.
“They have responded well to our demands in the training sessions. A couple of the overseas players joined us this week and fitted in well and we are anticipating a good,solid outing against the Jamaica team, again with everything geared towards our preparation for Honduras,” he added.
W Connection defender Triston Hodge also spoke about the game’s relevance to T&T’s build up towards Honduras.
“This is a very important match as we see it. It is a rivalry yes but in the back of our minds we are thinking about the preparation for Honduras,” Hodge said.
“Everything for now is focused on Jamaica because we know how important is to do things right in the match and then try to transfer it into the Honduras game. We know for sure Jamaica will be coming firing at us because of what the rivalry means. From cricket to athletics to football, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica is always a contest that either side wants to come out on top,” Hodge added.
Jamaica came out on top in the last meeting between both teams, winning the Caribbean Cup Final 4-3 on penalty kicks after a 0-0 stalemate while T&T were 2-0 winners in a previous friendly in Port of Spain in 2013.
Tickets for the encounter are on sale at Lotto Locations and will also be on sale at the venue on game day priced at $100 (covered) and $50 (uncovered). Gates open at 6pm.