All is set for this country’s assault on Honduras in their crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier at the Ato Boldon Stadium from 8pm on Friday.
Team Trinidad and Tobago completed their official one hour training session at the venue after Honduras trained in the morning from 9:30am.
Head Coach Dennis Lawrence made it no secret but emphasising that his team needs to come out of the blocks early and put the visitors under pressure.
“There’s no other option but for us to win the match. Pressure or not I think we have to be efficient in everything we do, on how we start the game, how we manage it and how we finish,” Lawrence said.
“We’ve had a good few days of preparations and we’ll be looking to put that into play come Friday night. The both teams have a lot at stake in this game. Obviously we do not expect them to make it easy for us by any means but we must be prepared to give it our all and try to take three points from this match,” Lawrence said.
Costa Rican-based forward Jamille Boatswain will shoulder the responsibilities up front with Willis Plaza with Kenwyne Jones out and US-based forward Trevin Caesar unable to make the trip due the situation in Houston. Boatswain started the 2-1 loss to Costa Rica and will be hoping to find the target this time around while Minnesota midfielder Kevin Molino will also be looking to add to his tally of two goals in the final round so far.
“Everything is fine for me at the moment. I know how important this game is and I think as a team and a nation we understand what we need to do. We need the fans there supporting us and the players, we have to put our best performance of the campaign . I think once we play as a team and leave everything out there on the field, then we can pull off a win,” Boatswain told TTFA Media.
Honduras gave away two points in its last match, losing a 2-1 lead in the last minute and settling for a 2-2 draw at Panama.
“We’re going to give everything in this match,” said Honduras’ Colombia-born coach Jorge Luis Pinto. “We have to win.”
In previous World Cup qualifiers between the two in Port of Spain, there’s been two draws and a victory for the Central Americans. In 1988, both teams drew 0-0 at the Queen’s Park Oval, while in 2009, Khaleem land scored a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw and Honduras’ lone win came in 2001, a 4-2 victory at the Hasley Crawford Stadium.
Through six of 10 matches, Mexico has 14 points followed by Costa Rica (11), United States (8), Panama (7), Honduras (5), and Trinidad and Tobago (3). Mexico host Panama and USA are at home to Costa Rica in other qualifying matches on Friday.
Gates open at 5pm and tickets will be on sale at the venue and all NLCB Lotto Locations. Party stand tickets are also available and details for this can be found via TTFA’s Facebook page. There will be parking provision for patrons at the nearby National Cricket Centre.