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Soca Warriors get Peru friendly on May 23, four days before Uruguay test

The Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team has confirmed a friendly international date with Peru on May 23, just four days before the “Soca Warriors” meet Uruguay in another exhibition outing.

The Warriors travel to Lima to face Peru while they will tackle Uruguay in Montevideo on May 27.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team players celebrate during their Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying win over Guatemala on 13 November 2015. From left are Sheldon Bateau, Daneil Cyrus, Joevin Jones, Kevan George, Radanfah Abu Bakr and Mekeil Williams. (Copyright AFP 2015/Johan Ordonez)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team players celebrate during their Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying win over Guatemala on 13 November 2015.
From left are Sheldon Bateau, Daneil Cyrus, Joevin Jones, Kevan George, Radanfah Abu Bakr and Mekeil Williams.
(Copyright AFP 2015/Johan Ordonez)

Uruguay and Peru are both preparing for the 2016 Copa America Centenario, which Trinidad and Tobago missed out on after a 1-0 Play Off loss to Haiti on January 8.

Warriors coach Stephen Hart said he was grateful for the outing against quality opposition.

“We now have two games against quality opposition who will be in the final stages of preparation for their Copa America Centenario.” Hart told the TTFA Media. “I am extremely grateful for this opportunity, with all that playing away from home entails.

“Football is physically and psychologically demanding, and these are the type of games that demand complete concentration to maximise both individual and collective performances. One cannot ask for much more.”

Uruguay are ranked ninth in the world by FIFA while Peru come in at 46. Trinidad and Tobago are 53rd.

The Warriors last played Peru in 2013, under joint head coaches Jamaal Shabazz and Hutson “Barber” Charles. The South American nation won 2-0 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva and then 3-0 at the Estadio Nacional in Lima.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago defender Sheldon Bateau (centre) in friendly action against Peru at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago defender Sheldon Bateau (centre) in friendly action against Peru at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Peru, who finished third at the 2015 Copa America competition, are grouped with Brazil, Ecuador and Haiti in the upcoming Centenario tournament.

Trinidad and Tobago’s next competitive outing is on 2 September 2016 when the Warriors host Guatemala before travelling to tackle the United States in Jacksonville, Florida on September 6.

The Warriors need a draw against Guatemala to be assured of a place in CONCACAF’s final qualifying round for the Russia 2018 World Cup. A loss against Guatemala could leave Trinidad and Tobago in a must-win situation away to the United States on September 6.

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7 comments

  1. Thanks , looking forward to it .

  2. This is what I have been calling for over the years eh, our Soca Worries must always continue to compete against top class real football countries eh, in order for our standard to continue to raise, and I am waiting very patiently for the TTFA President David John-williams to finally bring my greatest football team in the universe Brazil to our sweet country eh. Them really good yes.

  3. Good now let’s hope the Trinidad and Tobago public can see the games live on tv .

    Two big games for the fans and families of the players to enjoy from the comfort of their homes . Flow Sports I’m sure will be interested as they broadcast Qualifiers already. Would make sense for the TTFA to approach them .

  4. Four days is a tough ask for them to do well in both.