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Warriors set for game of their lives

Trinidad and Tobago national senior football team interim coach Hutson “Barber” Charles vowed that the “Soca Warriors” will set out to play the game of their lives against Suriname from 8 pm tonight at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet, Tobago.

After a 1-1 draw with St Vincent and the Grenadines on Wednesday night in their opening 2012 Caribbean Cup semifinal group stage outing, the Warriors are desperate for three points before they face group favourites, Cuba, on Sunday evening.

Photo: The Trinidad and Tobago national senior football team has vowed to secure the 2012 Caribbean Cup trophy.
(Courtesy TTFF Media)

“Nothing less than a victory would do,” Charles told Wired868.com. “We are going into the game with that mindset.”

The Suriname team lost 5-0 to Cuba on Wednesday evening as the Dutch team transitioned slowly from offence to defence and was torn apart by gifted 23-year-old Cuban attacker Marcel Hernandez. But it does not mean Trinidad and Tobago can expect a walkover this evening.

Dreadlocked playmaker Emilio Limon, who is also 23-years-old and was among eight Caribbean players selected for a week-long Sunderland training stint in 2008, is a skilful and powerful presence in central midfield for Suriname while Charles also singled out DirecTV W Connection forward Stefano Rijssel and burly midfielder Romano Stekkel for special attention.

The Warriors have planned several changes too.

Connection utility player Joevin Jones is likely to be moved from left full back to left wing with Neal & Massy Caledonia AIA defender Aubrey Adams taking over his defensive role. Defence Force winger Kevon Carter will probably give way from Trinidad and Tobago’s midfield quintet.

Thailand-based attacker Kendall Jagdeosingh, who was a second half substitute on Monday, is out with a hamstring injury and would be replaced on the bench by either Connection full back Kern Cupid or Southern Football Association (SFA) winger Sylvester Teesdale.

But the biggest alteration looks to be upfront with Defence Force striker Richard “Shaka” Roy set to replace club teammate Devorn Jorsling in the lone striker role.

Photo: Defence Force striker Richard Roy (right) will hope to reproduce his club form tonight for Trinidad and Tobago.

Roy, a fast, powerful and, above all, aggressive attacker, held the “number nine” role in Charles’ first three games as coach but lost his place after failing to score. His international tally now reads four games played with no goals scored.

In contrast, Jorsling got his 17th goal from 31 international appearances on Wednesday, which put him just above Steve David and ninth in Trinidad and Tobago’s all-time goalscoring charts. Jorsling’s item against St Vincent was created by Carter too.

The decision to replace both men is a gamble that might define Charles’ tenure at the helm. But it is not without reason.

Carter did little defensive work on Wednesday while he is more of a flying winger than a midfield schemer and will not help retain ball possession, which is Charles’ aim tonight. Jorsling, whose game is based on holding up the ball and either winning free kicks or rolling defenders, was nullified by Jamaican referee Courtney Campbell’s penchant for letting anything short of assault go unpunished by St Vincent.

Roy can handle the rough stuff and dish it out too. And, although he is not as good as Jorsling in linking play with his midfielders, he is much better at chasing down the channels and committing opposing defenders.

A goal today might change Roy’s immediate international future. It could have the same impact for Charles and Trinidad and Tobago’s football.

Seven years ago on this date, Trinidad and Tobago created history with a 1-0 win away to Bahrain that booked the nation’s first senior World Cup appearance.

Today, the Warriors are desperate to simply qualify for a regional tournament that Trinidad and Tobago practically owned in the 1990s.

Charles is anxious to help lay the first bricks for what would hopefully become Trinidad and Tobago’s next football empire. As an interim appointment, the Defence Force Warrant Officer One insisted that he is not worried by his own vulnerability and will accept whatever fate is waiting for him.

“I’m just a caretaker, so I am not too worried about that,” said the 43-year-old coach and former national midfield star. “I’m all for Trinidad and Tobago’s football and I am willing to serve in any capacity that I am asked to.”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago national senior team interim coach Hutson “Barber” Charles.

Today, his job is to inspire his charges to keep Trinidad and Tobago’s 2012 Caribbean Cup and 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup dreams alive.

“Without a positive result, this can set back (Trinidad and Tobago football) for years,” said Charles. “I will be drilling the importance of this game into their heads. This will probably be the game of their lives.”

The Warriors have promised to come out fighting.

(Possible team tonight)

Trinidad and Tobago (4-2-3-1): 1.Jan-Michael Williams (capt); 12.Curtis Gonzales, 19.Carlyle Mitchell, 20.Seon Power, 8.Aubrey David; 2.Clyde Leon, 18.Densill Theobald; 7.Hughtun Hector, 10.Ataullah Guerra, 3.Joevin Jones; 13.Richard Roy.

Substitutes: 21.Marvin Phillip, 4.Kern Cupid, 6.Kareem Moses, 9.Devorn Jorsling, 11.Kevon Carter, 14.Hashim Arcia, 16.Keyon Edwards.

Coach: Hutson Charles

Today’s 2012 Caribbean Cup fixtures

(Dwight Yorke Stadium, Bacolet)

Cuba v St Vincent and the Grenadines, 6 pm,

Trinidad and Tobago v Suriname, 8 pm

Pos   Team Pld W T L GoalsDiff Pts
0 2012/13 0 0 2 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 3 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 4 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 5 3 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 3 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 7 4 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 3 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 5 4 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 5 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 8 4 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 3 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 5 4 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 3 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 6 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 3 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 3 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 3 3 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 3 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 5 4 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 4 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 3 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 3 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 3 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 4 4 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 3 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 5 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 4 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 4 3 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 5 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 5 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 4 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 3 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 5 3 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 3 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 5 4 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 3 3 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 2 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 3 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 3 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 2 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 2 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 3 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 4 2 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 6 2 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 2 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 2 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 3 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 2 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 2 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 2 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 5 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 Defence Force 21 14 4 3 52:220 46:13
0 W Connection 12 10 2 0 27:50 32:2
0 Caledonia AIA 21 13 3 5 53:270 42:18
0 Point Fortin Civic FC 12 5 2 5 17:140 17:17
0 W Connection 21 11 5 5 46:190 38:20
0 North East Stars 11 5 2 4 11:80 17:14
0 North East Stars 21 10 8 3 32:170 38:17
0 Police FC 12 5 2 5 18:200 17:17
0 Central FC 21 8 6 7 31:320 30:27
0 Caledonia AIA 11 3 5 3 17:140 14:14
0 Police FC 21 3 7 11 25:430 16:40
0 Central FC 10 3 5 2 13:110 14:11
0 St Ann's Rangers 21 2 7 12 22:490 13:43
0 Defence Force 8 4 1 3 15:140 13:10
0 T&TEC 21 2 2 17 13:650 8:53
0 San Juan Jabloteh 11 3 1 7 18:270 10:22
0 St Ann's Rangers 11 1 0 10 11:340 3:30
0 Westside Superstarz 2 2 0 0 6:00 6:0
0 Club Sando 10 8 2 0 26:70 26:2
0 Club Sando 2 1 1 0 5:30 4:1
0 Guaya United 8 7 1 0 22:80 22:1
0 Malabar FC 2 1 1 0 5:40 4:1
0 Malabar FC 10 6 3 1 32:190 21:6
0 Guaya United 2 1 1 0 4:30 4:1
0 Westside Superstarz 9 5 0 4 21:120 15:12
0 Real Maracas 1 1 0 0 3:10 3:0
0 Joe Public 9 4 3 2 17:130 15:9
0 Stokely Vale 2 1 0 1 5:50 3:3
0 1976 FC Phoenix 8 3 4 1 10:80 13:7
0 Joe Public 2 0 2 0 0:00 2:2
0 Real Maracas 8 4 1 3 13:120 13:10
0 Defence Force 2 0 1 1 2:30 1:4
0 Stokely Vale FC 9 4 0 5 17:190 12:15
0 Siparia Spurs 2 0 1 1 2:40 1:4
0 Bethel United 9 2 2 5 12:230 8:17
0 WASA FC 2 0 1 1 0:20 1:4
0 WASA FC 10 1 3 6 8:140 6:21
0 FC Santa Rosa 1 0 0 1 1:20 0:3
0 Siparia Spurs 9 1 2 6 20:260 5:20
0 1976 FC Phoenix 1 0 0 1 0:30 0:3
0 Bethel United 1 0 0 1 0:30 0:3
0 Defence Force 8 1 2 5 11:260 5:17
0 FC Santa Rosa 9 0 1 8 7:290 1:25
0 Trinidad and Tobago 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 Guatemala 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 Jamaica 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 Aruba 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 United States 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 Panama 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
1 Naparima College 13 10 1 2 40:12+28 31:7
1 Panama 5 5 0 0 9:0+9 15:0
1 Central FC 20 14 4 2 48:14+34 46:10
1 Canada 3 3 0 0 21:0+21 9:0
2 San Juan North Secondary 13 9 1 3 30:15+15 28:10
2 United States 5 3 1 1 12:2+10 10:4
2 W Connection 21 11 7 3 44:18+26 40:16
2 Trinidad and Tobago 3 2 0 1 7:8-1 6:3
3 St Anthony's College 12 9 0 3 36:16+20 27:9
3 Guatemala 5 3 1 1 6:2+4 10:4
3 Defence Force FC 20 11 6 3 45:13+32 39:15
3 Guyana 3 1 0 2 3:11-8 3:6
4 St Benedict's College 13 6 5 2 16:8+8 23:11
4 Trinidad and Tobago 5 1 1 3 7:70 4:10
4 San Juan Jabloteh 20 11 2 7 36:29+7 35:23
4 Guatemala 3 0 0 3 2:14-12 0:9
5 Trinity College East 13 6 5 2 25:19+6 23:11
5 Jamaica 5 0 2 3 2:7-5 2:11
5 North East Stars 21 9 5 7 32:43-11 32:26
6 Shiva Boys Hindu College 13 7 0 6 24:240 21:18
6 Aruba 5 0 1 4 1:19-18 1:13
6 Police FC 21 9 4 8 46:42+4 31:28
7 St Mary's College 13 5 3 5 16:15+1 18:18
7 Club Sando 20 7 2 11 22:36-14 23:35
8 St Augustine Secondary 13 4 6 3 20:200 18:15
8 Morvant/Caledonia Utd 21 5 2 14 22:47-25 17:44
9 Fatima College 13 4 3 6 20:28-8 15:21
9 Point Fortin Civic 21 4 4 13 18:44-26 16:43
10 Presentation College (San Fernando) 13 4 1 8 16:20-4 13:25
10 St Ann's Rangers 21 2 4 15 22:49-27 10:49
11 Carapichaima East Secondary 13 3 3 7 10:25-15 12:24
12 Chaguanas North Secondary 13 2 4 7 8:31-23 10:25
13 East Mucurapo Secondary 12 2 1 9 9:25-16 7:28
14 Arima North Secondary 13 2 1 10 15:27-12 7:31

 

Editor’s Note: Wired868’s 2012 Caribbean Cup semi-final coverage is sponsored by DirecTV

About Lasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 15 years experience at several local and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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