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Warriors vs Argentina live on GISL; Carlos pulls out

Football fans can catch the Trinidad and Tobago national football team’s glamorous upcoming international friendly against 2014 World Cup contenders, Argentina, live on Government Information Services Limited (GISL) Channel 4 from 3.30 pm on Wednesday June 4.

The “Soca Warriors” are scheduled to leave the Piarco International Airport at 9 am tomorrow for Buenos Aires where they will challenge FIFA’s seventh ranked international team at the Estadio Monumental. The game is expected to be broadcast live in 92 countries.

Photo: Argentina captain Lionel Messi (left) gets away from Bolivia defender Walter Flores during a 2014 World Cup qualifier at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires.   (Copyright AFP 2014/Alejandro Pagni)
Photo: Argentina captain Lionel Messi (left) gets away from Bolivia defender Walter Flores during a 2014 World Cup qualifier at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires.
(Copyright AFP 2014/Alejandro Pagni)

Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president Raymond Tim Kee compared the friendly to the Soca Warriors’ historic appearance at the Germany 2006 World Cup.

“This is something close to what we experienced during the 2006 World Cup in terms of where our country’s national flag will be seen and where the name Trinidad and Tobago will be announced for 90 plus minutes of football action,” Tim Kee told the TTFA Media. “That alone is a something very significant. My hopes are that we can produce a creditable showing regardless of the final result.”

Trinidad and Tobago captain Kenwyne Jones, who has scored six goals in nine internationals under present coach Stephen Hart, said his teammates are mentally ready for the challenge from the 2014 World Cup contender.

“We are happy to be going to play the game and we are going to put our best foot forward,” said Jones. “We’re focused and we intend to take that into the match. We’re not too bothered about who their coach is going to select in his starting team.

“We’ve been in camp since the 20th and… everyone seems in pretty good condition as we head into Argentina.”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Kenwyne Jones tries to hurdle Jamaica captain Je-Vaughn Watson during a friendly international at the Hasely Crawford Stadium last November. Jones was selected as the TTFA's 2013 Player of the Year. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/ TTFA Media)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Kenwyne Jones tries to hurdle Jamaica captain Je-Vaughn Watson during a friendly international at the Hasely Crawford Stadium last November.
Jones was selected as the TTFA’s 2013 Player of the Year.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/ TTFA Media)

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella can feasibly select a front three of multiple-FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi and strikers Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero, who have a combined 79 goals from 170 international appearances.

In contrast, the Warriors’ expected attacking triangle of Jones, Willis Plaza and Kevin Molino accumulated 23 international goals from a total of 92 appearances against decidedly less vaunted opposition.

Jones, whose British employer Cardiff City was relegated from the England Premier League last season, might raise some eyebrows in Buenos Aires after his suggestion that the atmosphere at the Estadio Monumental is likely to be similar to away trips to Guatemala and Honduras.

“Of course it’s a big test to play Argentina; it’s no different to us going to play Guatemala or Honduras in Honduras,” said Jones, who represented the Warriors at the 2006 World Cup. “I think it’s going to be the same kind of atmosphere. Of course they are preparing for a World Cup and they have some of the world’s best players; but we are going to go there to try and improve on the things we have done in the past and also work on some new stuff.

“For us it’s all about moving forward with our preparation for the next World Cup campaign.”

Photo: Argentina forward Sergio Aguero (centre) tries to hold off the entire Ecuador defence during a qualifier at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires. Aguero scored eight of his 21 international goals at the Monumental.   (Copyright AFP 2014/Juan Mabromata)
Photo: Argentina forward Sergio Aguero (centre) tries to hold off the entire Ecuador defence during a qualifier at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires.
Aguero scored eight of his 21 international goals at the Monumental.
(Copyright AFP 2014/Juan Mabromata)

The Monumental stadium holds 74,624 patrons which is almost as much as the combined attendances of Guatemala’s Estadio Mateo Flores (30,000) and Honduras’ Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano (50,325). But Jones might be trying to quiet any anxiety within his team’s ranks.

His namesake and DIRECTV W Connection utility player Joevin Jones, who already has 33 caps at the age of 22, insisted that Wednesday’s clash will be the highlight of his career thus far.

“I’ve been in some big games before but this has to be the biggest of my career,” Jones (J). “I’m just concentrating on my task. I’d like to play my part in trying to help the team give a strong showing.

“I’ll be thinking about everything that I have to do on match-day over the next few days.”

The Warriors are weakened by the late withdrawal of 2006 World Cup veteran and England-based utility player Carlos Edwards, due to unspecified personal reasons.

Photo: Former 2006 World Cup teammates Chris Birchall (left) and Carlos Edwards share a moment before the latter's tribute match against Jamaica last November.
Photo: Former 2006 World Cup teammates Chris Birchall (left) and Carlos Edwards share a moment before the latter’s tribute match against Jamaica last November.

“I’m a bit disappointed because I had all intentions of traveling with the team,” said Edwards. “Unfortunately a matter came up which has forced me to sit out this one. I’m rooting for the boys and I’ll be definitely cheering them on from home on Wednesday.”

Hart will still have 22 players to choose from as Columbus Crew midfielder Kevan George, who spent the last month on loan with USA lower league team Dayton Dutch Lions, was allowed to travel by his parent club.

The Warriors will follow up Wednesday’s fixture by travelling to Sao Paulo, Brazil to tackle Iran on Sunday June 8.

Edwards’ pull-out, which was preceded by Daneil Cyrus’ withdrawal, leaves Hart woefully short of specialist full backs.

Millwall’s Justin Hoyte is the only member of the travelling squad that plays that role for his club; and he has not had many chances over the last season. Hoyte managed five appearances whole season for the England Championship Division club and none this year.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago and Millwall defender Justin Hoyte. (Courtesy Shaun Fuentes/TTFF Media)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago and Millwall defender Justin Hoyte.
(Courtesy Shaun Fuentes/TTFF Media)

Hart is likely to compensate by using either of Sheldon Bateau, Curtis Gonzales or Jones (J) in the vacant left back role. Jones (J), who is a playmaker with the local Pro League champion team, started at left back for Hart during the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Bateau, who is a good reader of the game but not particularly athletic, is generally used in central defence for Belgium top flight club, KV Mechelen, but did play there before for the Warriors; as has Defence Force midfield enforcer, Gonzales.

The Pro League has not offered many contenders for that role this term although uncapped W Connection teenager Alvin Jones, Joevin’s younger brother, may be disappointed to be ignored after an impressive debut senior season.

It could be a telling frailty against an Argentine team whose most gifted players, Messi, Aguero and Angel Di Maria, often cut in from the flanks to look for goals.

Photo: Argentina midfielder Angel Di Maria (right) prepares to flick the ball over the head of Peru player Jefferson Farfan during a 2014 World Cup qualifier.    (Copyright AFP 2014/Ernesto Benavides)
Photo: Argentina midfielder Angel Di Maria (right) prepares to flick the ball over the head of Peru player Jefferson Farfan during a 2014 World Cup qualifier.
(Copyright AFP 2014/Ernesto Benavides)

Aguero, the Manchester City star, is the joint highest scorer at the Estadio Monumental, alongside Higuain, from the present Argentina squad. However, the last of his eight goals at the venue came two years ago.

Aguero can be handful if in the mood.

The Warriors are at full strength in the midfield, though, where Khaleem Hyland and Andre Boucaud are likely to provide the steel in middle earth while Lester Peltier, Plaza, Molino and possibly Jones (J) will compete for three attacking roles behind their towering captain.

Hart lost just two from nine games since he accepted the post as head coach last June; exclusive of a penalty shoot-out loss to the United Arab Emirates last September. Both regulation time defeats came in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup against Haiti and Mexico respectively.

It would be an eye opening result if Hart and the Warriors manage to shut out a star studded Argentine cast next Wednesday.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Khaleem Hyland (left) holds off El Salvador player Richard Menjivar during a 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup match at the Red Bull Stadium in Harrison, New Jersey. (Copyright AFP 2014/Stan Honda)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Khaleem Hyland (left) holds off El Salvador player Richard Menjivar during a 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup match at the Red Bull Stadium in Harrison, New Jersey. (Copyright AFP 2014/Stan Honda)

(Trinidad and Tobago travelling team)

Soca Warriors: Jan Michael Williams (Central FC), Marvin Phillip (Point Fortin Civic); Justin Hoyte (Millwall—England), Sheldon Bateau (KV Mechelen—Belgium), Gavin Hoyte (Dagenham & Redbridge—England), Radanfah Abu Bakr (FK Kruoja Pakruojis—Lithuania), Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force), Carlyle Mitchell (Vancouver Whitecaps—Canada), Yohance Marshall (Central FC); Khaleem Hyland (Racing Genk—Belgium), Andre Boucaud (unattached), Kevan George (Columbus Crew—US), Densill Theobald (Caledonia AIA), Lester Peltier (Slovan Bratislava—Slovakia), Joevin Jones (W Connection), Ataullah Guerra (Central FC),  Kevin Molino (Orlando City—US); Marcus Joseph (Point Fortin Civic), Rundell Winchester, Willis Plaza (both Central FC), Trevin Caesar (North East Stars), Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City).

Technical staff: Stephen Hart (Head Coach), Hutson Charles (Assistant Coach), Derek King (Assistant Coach), Michael Maurice (Goalkeeper Coach), William Wallace (Manager), David Muhammad (Manager), Peter Rampersad (Manager), Dave Isaac (Physiotherapist), Michael Williams (Equipment Manager), Israel Dowlat (Doctor), Shaun Fuentes (Press Officer).

About Lasana Liburd

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Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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36 comments

  1. Heheheheheheh Norris all I know is that the prize for scoring goals on Argentina is $ 1000 US dollars eh and my goalscorers won’t be sticking

  2. Was that the same person who tell you that you could sing?

  3. Trinidad and Tobago 2 vs Argentina 1 ah only hope that meh obeah man down dey in Moruga is right yes. Hehehehehehe

  4. all this hype for these 2 games i have no problem with the matches but they are spending money and doing as if we qualify for the world cup, why not use some of that money to invest back into the football at the youth stage, a lot of them who going on the free plane ride just wasting money

  5. Lol forfeit trinidad

  6. I don’t think the TTFA is anti-Muslim; so I don’t see the conflict there. Lol. David has actually spoken out on football issues before so I won’t necessarily say that he is tainted by being the team manager. Not from what I know at any rate.

  7. I think they will have to come very good to do what Pepe and Ramos having been able to pull off for years! There have already been a few injuries in friendlies this weekend.
    So I really hope there are none in these games.

  8. and why does the national team have 3 managers eh, and I had asked this question before and I have yet to get an answer, why is David Muhammad eh, who is a man of character and defends injustices against this and that and is also the head of the muslim organization eh, is part of that corrupted TTFA organization eh, isn’t that a conflict of interest. I really hope that he can really bring some changes yes with regards to our local coaches and players getting their monies on a timely fashion yes, because the coaches and players have yet to be paid. Them really good yes.

  9. But liburd please send out the memo. If any Trini injure messi ,please let them him know that I will wait for him at piarco!! Lol

  10. I was running messi down..ah eh care who say what…hahahhha

  11. After all that big boy talk from Kenywne, I hope he’s not running anyone down for a jersey at halftime. 🙂
    I agree with you Brent. I understand the coach’s thinking. Even if I don’t necessarily agree.

  12. Dr Babwah got a FIFA appointment for the upcoming World Cup.

  13. Di maria….hmmmm kind of scared…lol

  14. While its a great opportunity for a right wing back ..I must admit that its kind of annoying that both experience guys would be absent …

  15. While he can still contribute and to some degree that’s not in dispute, it served no purpose to take him in the first place. Albeit I understand the coach not trying tuh get embarrassed at the same time.

  16. Sherdon maybe that is because KJ is ah practice game champion yes.hehehehe

  17. Heard he was looking the sharpest of the overseas players

  18. Boi, time will tell but I doubt Kenwyne will be anywhere but on that field for the 90minutes

  19. And ah wonder what system coach Hart will be using to play against Argentina defense eh, ah only hope it isn’t with KJ as the only forward playing upfront nah, because a snail will do ah better job ent. I say go with our younger hungry real goalscoring forwards yes eh, give Jan Michael Williams the captain arm band and start KJ on the bench yes.

  20. hehehehehe which means meh untie Kamla will be getting another 5 years in office then ent.

  21. I have a bone with a man not being selected initially, then we find a spot, then he withdraw and others being overlooked. If there is a place on the team, there’s a place. Look at what Spain did with Deloufeu.

  22. Haha, whatever he drinking Mango, it potent, elections coming up, if he continues to speak like that he could take Anil wok.

  23. His intl career over since the last WC campaign we just like 2 prolong shit

  24. Kirwin ah feel meh player Carlos Edwards is using wisdom on this one yes,and decided not to go and yuh eh read what Kenwhyne Jones said eh, that going and play against Argentina is like going and play against Guatemala and Honduras I don’t know what kind of rum KJ is really drinking nah.

  25. So who going on that Carlos Edwards ticket ? Vacant seat ? I available for the right back position on that plane, once it’s a window seat. Apparently we don’t need a replacement, or really needed him in the first place. I see we also have a new team doctor ?

  26. That may be so now Brian but he is at the end of his career and we have to plan for the future. After he retired and had his testimonial, I think calling him up was a retrograde step.

  27. I am really vex yes, that Alvin Jones wasn’t given a chance to prove that he belongs on the national team. Them really good yes.

  28. I attended the Scrimmage Thursday between the (speculating here) starting 11 and the subs and when Carlos came on, there is NO DOUBT in my mind that he can STILL make a contribution to the Senior team

  29. Balance has been a problem for us over the years. I don’t have any real expectations of these games. We’ll see how it goes.

  30. Quite. It is a mish mash of a team… But then it is just two games. So hopefully they can pull it off. I don’t think it is a very balanced team although I won’t say anyone doesn’t deserve to be there.

  31. Ironic that after all that argument about Carlos Edwards, he ends up withdrawing.

  32. 3 Managers? Them fellas need 3 Managers?