The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association has secured two international friendlies against Venezuela in Sabana Grande on May 29th and Japan at the Toyota Stadium in Aichi on June 5th. These games will serve as part of the build up to the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Head coach Dennis Lawrence is also eyeing a couple of friendly matches with Caribbean opposition to cater specifically for the local players to get the opportunity to make the team.
However, he made it clear that matches against regional teams will only be known after the CONCACAF Gold Cup draw on April 10 in Los Angeles which he is attending along with team manager Richard Piper.
Coming on the end of the recent friendly match against Wales on March 20, Lawrence said the games were secured in line with their overall preparation for the Qatar World Cup, for which the Gold Cup is a crucial hurdle.
According to Lawrence, “One of the things we tried to ensure happen, as we play an international friendly at every window, which we have managed to do, through the good works of the TTFA and the president. The next thing we decided to do was to up the ante, in terms of the opposition, and if you look back at the last six games, we played against countries in the top 50 of the FIFA rankings, which is of good credit to what the president has done.”
“We now head in to the last stage, going into the Gold Cup and a big part of it is that with the absence of the League at the moment, we have got to find a way in particular for the local players, because if we don’t do something they will be at a very big disadvantage. With these games we have arranged against Venezuela and Japan, that should take care of our Gold Cup preparation. From a financial point of view, the benefits are vital for us, it will help us from that aspect, so now we can say how will go about preparing for the Gold Cup.”
See more of Lawrence’s remarks below