The Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Senior Team will return to action on Monday 11 August when they play St Vincent and the Grenadines in a friendly international at Kingstown.
The fixture is Trinidad and Tobago’s first game since the June Gold Cup and should serve as preparation for the Concacaf Nations League, which kicks off in September. The Soca Warriors are grouped with Honduras and Martinique in the Nations League, which serves as their last opportunity to qualify for the 2020 Hex.
At present, the Warriors are ranked 101st in the world by FIFA and are 11th in Concacaf. Unless coach Dennis Lawrence can help his outfit to a top six rank within the confederation in 10 months, Trinidad and Tobago will not have the opportunity to qualify automatically for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Lawrence hopes the ‘Vincy Heat’ give his players a stern test.
“The match comes at a good time as we look to resume preparations following the Gold Cup campaign for our Nations League matches in September and November against Martinique and Honduras,” Lawrence told the TTFA Media. “This gives us an opportunity to get the group together again and we’re obviously looking forward to a good, competitive exercise on the day.”
At present, St Vincent and the Grenadines are ranked 176th in the world by FIFA and are 24th from the 35 Concacaf nations recognised by FIFA.
Lawrence is expected to start training for the St Vincent fixture on 25 July and will be largely restricted to home-based players, since the game falls outside of the FIFA international calendar.
Although the TTFA’s proposed T-League has thrown the domestic football calendar into disarray, six of the country’s 10 Pro League teams are active in the Ascension Invitational Tournament at present along with 18 Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL) clubs.
W Connection, Central FC and North East Stars are not involved in the Ascension competition while most of Point Fortin Civic’s players are representing Deportivo PF in the competition’s second division.
Trinidad and Tobago open their Concacaf Nations League campaign away to Martinique on September 6 while they will host the French islanders at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on 9 September.
The Warriors then play home and away to Honduras on 10 October and 17 November respectively.