T&T player tests positive for Covid-19, second result will decide availability for Guyana game

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) revealed that one member of the Men’s National Senior Team tested positive for Covid-19 last night in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The player, who was not named, ‘was immediately isolated at the team’s hotel’ according to a TTFA release, which also claimed that the Soca Warriors have followed all Covid-19 protocols.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Duane Muckette (left) competes with USA midfielder Kellyn Acosta for the ball during international friendly action in Orlando on 31 January 2021.
(Copyright AP Photo/Phelan M Ebenhack)

Wired868 understands the positive player travelled with the team from Trinidad after a negative result here. He will now have a retest in Santo Domingo. A negative finding will allow him to rejoin the team for tomorrow’s game, while a second positive rules him out entirely.

The TTFA release stated: ‘Strict contact tracing was then performed and all primary contacts have been quarantined, they would then be tested accordingly following the player’s retest results.’

Wired868 could not verify whether any other players were quarantined, although the Warriors travelled to Santo Domingo with a 26-man squad—since they were initially uncertain of having their Europe-based players for Sunday’s Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying match away to Puerto Rico.

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Trinidad and Tobago face Guyana from 7pm tomorrow at the Estadio Panamericano in Santo Domingo for the opening 2022 qualifier for both nations.

The Guyana team held a press conference this morning to discuss the game, although the Warriors opted not to do likewise.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago defender Mekeil Williams (foreground) tussles with Guyana midfielder Callum Harriott during Gold Cup action on 26 June 2019.
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Wired868 was unable to get more details from Dr Akash Dhanai, who travelled with the team, up until the time of publication.

TTFA Update: Today, 25th March 2021, the retest result for the previously unnamed player was received and is negative. In keeping with TTFA medical protocol and best medical practice, this player would remain isolated from the squad until a second consecutive negative result has been achieved.

Isolated training and traveling privileges would be allowed maintaining social distancing from the rest of the squad and strict hygiene practices as best as possible at all times.
Once a second negative result has been achieved, this player would be reintroduced into team activities and eligible for participation in the second WCQ against Puerto Rico on the 28th of March, 2021.
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