T&T to face Japan and Venezuela in Gold Cup warm ups

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