Trinidad and Tobago’s senior men’s team got down to business again yesterday as preparations continued for Friday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
Some of the remaining players checked into camp including Dutch-based winger Levi Garcia, Khaleem Hyland, Mexican-based duo Yohance Marshall and Jomal Williams and Russian-based defender Sheldon Bateau.
Stephen Hart conducted an evening session at the Hasely Crawford Stadium as the hosts began to intensify its build up to the encounter.
The Costa Rican team is scheduled in Port of Spain tomorrow night but members of their media contingent have started arriving and were expected to attend the 15-minute window at the start of T&T’s training session.
Estonian-based defender Radanfah Abu Bakr maintained that the mood is upbeat in the T&T camp. “It’s positive as always and we’re looking forward to a few intense training sessions ahead of what is a massive game for us on Friday,” Abu Bakr told TTFA Media.
“We know we had to bounce back from that result against Martinique. This is a different competition and there is a lot more at stake. It’s World Cup and we all want to be part of that. Hopefully we can get a good start on Friday.”
“It’s just ten games and we know how difficult it is to travel and earn points in CONCACAF and we want to take full advantage of playing at home on Friday and then take that momentum in the next game four days later. “I’m in good physical shape coming off my season in Estonia which has just finished. I’m in good form,healthy and mentally I’m raring to go,” Abu Bakr added.
Abu Bakr has played professionally in England, Belgium, Lithuania, Denmark, Kazakhstan and Trinidad and Tobago. He is currently based in Estonia with JK Sillamae Kalev. Tickets remain on sale at Lotto Locations nationwide and Season Passes are available at First Citizen’s Banks across the country.