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Phillip replaces Ranjitsingh for T&T friendlies; Shahdon excused from Grenada game

Canada-born goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh will have to wait a bit longer to make his Trinidad and Tobago international debut after he was excused from the Soca Warriors’ upcoming friendlies against Grenada and Guyana at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on 11 and 14 November respectively.

Ranjitsingh’s employers, Louisville City FC, tackle Swope Park Rankers on 13 November in their first ever appearance in a United Soccer League final and the 24-year-old custodian has been allowed to remain with his squad to play.

Photo: Louisville City FC goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh.

Ranjitsingh trialled with the Trinidad and Tobago National Under-23 Team in 2015—while a student at Mercer University in USA—but never played with the youth team while he was called up by past senior coach Stephen Hart and incumbent Dennis Lawrence in August 2016 and October 2017 respectively without seeing action.

Lawrence has opted to name a replacement for Ranjitsingh as veteran Point Fortin Civic custodian Marvin Phillip was given a recall to the national set-up.

Phillip is 33 years old and has 65 full international senior caps.

Mexico-based forward Shahdon Winchester will also miss Trinidad and Tobago’s friendly against Grenada, as he was allowed to represent Murciélagos FC in a key second division clash with Atlante FC on Saturday.

Winchester, who is 25, is expected to feature against Guyana.

Tickets for the upcoming matches go on sale at all NLCB outlets from today (7 November) at TT$100 for Covered Stands and TT$50 for Uncovered. Children under 12 are free while supporters can buy one ticket to watch Warriors on both match days.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Marvin Phillip makes a point to referee Sherwin Johnson of Guyana during international friendly action against Jamaica at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on 24 August 2017.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)

(Trinidad and Tobago team)

Goalkeepers: Adrian Foncette (Police FC), Marvin Phillip (Point Fortin Civic), Glenroy Samuel (Morvant Caledonia Utd);

Defenders: Mekeil Williams (Colorado Rapids—USA), Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force), Sheldon Bateau (FC Kairat—Kazakhstan), Alvin Jones, Triston Hodge (both W Connection), Aubrey David (PS Kemi—Finland), Kevon Villaroel (North East Stars), Josiah Trimmingham (Club Sando);

Midfielders: Nathaniel Garcia (Point Fortin Civic), Kevan George (Jacksonville Armada—USA), Jared London (Club Sando), Neveal Hackshaw (Charleston Battery—USA);

Attacking midfielders: Kevin Molino (Minnesota United—USA), Nathan Lewis (San Juan Jabloteh), Neil Benjamin (W Connection), Hashim Arcia (Defence Force), Kathon St Hillaire (St Ann’s Rangers), Levi Garcia (AZ Alkmaar—Netherlands);

Forwards: Shahdon Winchester (Murciélagos FC—Mexico), Akeem Roach (CD Vida—Honduras), Jamille Boatswain (LDA Alajuelense—Costa Rica).

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  1. Ranjitsingh and Louisville City just won the USL Cup.

  2. I think he really meant to say “he” was a step behind in “his ability” to prepare the young ladies. They didn’t prepare themselves 😀

  3. TTFA statement: Due to an industrial relations crisis with regional air carrier LIAT, the Grenada Senior Men’s National Football Team was unable to arrive in Trinidad in time for its scheduled Friendly International versus Trinidad and Tobago carded for the Ato Boldon Stadium at 6 pm.
    The match will now be played at 7:30 pm today at the same venue.

  4. Chabeth just a genuine point about the preparation of the under 20 team. Particularly in light of Shabazz’s claim that we were a step or two behind the opposition at under-17 level.

  5. Lasana, I’m really not sure what point you’re trying to make to me in particular…

  6. Chabeth, you missed that one… Men’s team with no competitive games for a year gets friendly internationals and under-20 women get a President’s XI that is put off so as not to disturb the pitch for the men’s game.

  7. That I fully agree with 1000% even if it meant shutting everything else for the next two months.

  8. No doubt Nicholas. But if the TTFA agreed to host this tournament, I’d think they would do everything possible to ensure the host team is in the best possible shape to do well.

  9. A President’s XI is usually just a formality for a ‘fete’ match for organizational practice so they should have taken it still. It doesn’t seem they have better options at the moment

  10. Nicholas, you don’t think a “President’s XI” is suitable practice for the T&T U-20 women to face Canada in two months time? :-/

  11. In fairness to the girls, the U20 Coach & TTFA should have scouted for a replacement venue of caliber…UWI, UTT, College Grounds e.g. CIC/Fatima. Their preparation is most crucial with January right there

  12. Kirwin I think it did in the end ?

  13. Kevan George does not provide any protection for the defense, Exposed too many times by Pulisic and most matches during WCQ…fed up of seeing this midfield get ran over…we have loads of work to do!!!

  14. Oh gosh allyuh throw away these shit keepers now nah ! Ranjitsingh and Foncette are the future !

  15. When Anthony Sherwood,Dwight,Arnold and many others that got their break out,isn’t that they were better than the older guys but the Coaches had faith in the players abilities and maturity to conduct themselves on the senior level but if the young guns are not good enough to play against Grenada and the games will only get harder..A dim future under DL

    • Yorke got his senior international debut at 17 I think. He had already played international football for seven years prior to that though.
      These kids didn’t get that opportunity and the same tutoring. In many ways, I can’t even blame them.

  16. it was kind of weird that Moses wasn’t called up, but Ranjitsingh was. Both of their clubs had chances to go all the way to their respective finals. Moses’ season finished on Sunday with a 1-0 loss to San Francisco Deltas.

  17. So I ask Now where are the teammates of those two U20 players,no others are capable of playing at this level?

    • Remember under-20 players nowadays are only in their first year of adult football because they are playing SSFL up until 19 or 20.
      Not that they don’t have talent but just not battle ready yet. They will get there but need another year or so to develop.
      The only under-20 player based here who can command a first team place to me is Levi Garcia.
      Maybe Jabari Mitchell has the experience to fight for a spot although he wasn’t picked.
      There are two foreign based under-20 boys who might be further along since they are playing senior football for longer. That is Keston Julien in Slovakia and Noel Powder in USA.
      Lawrence choose to leave them out. I remember he said Julien hasn’t been starting for his club much. Not sure reason for Powder.
      So you can argue they could be involved.

  18. I know we all can’t get what we want but I was expecting at this early stages of the game to see some U17-U20 players getting some hard level competition which will have gone a longer way for them and the future of TNTbut that’s just me Good luck TNT

    • There are two under-20 players in the squad who are Kathon St Hillaire and Levi Garcia.
      Several others were in training so I think the coach didn’t think they were ready yet. And I’d agree with that assessment.
      The under-17 players are all playing school football now. They aren’t ready yet either.

  19. No replacement for Winchester for the Grenada game?

    • Boatswain and Roach will be enough I guess. Fair enough to me.
      I was surprised they didn’t go with two goalkeepers personally. I’d give Foncette one game and maybe give Glenroy the second once he was working hard in training.

  20. In Jan injured, unavailable, or just unwanted?

  21. Can anyone say if the season pass valid. I know when I purchased the pass the document stated that the pass is valid until November 2017….but yuh know how things does happen in Trinidad….I just wanna know if I need a ticket or not