TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO’S performances at the just-concluded fifth FIH (International Hockey Federation) Indoor World Cup in Berlin, Germany, evoked surprise and respect from their opponents and won them the admiration of fans who attended the 12-team, five-day tournament.
That was the message of both head coach Raphael Govia and captain Solomon Eccles as they spoke with reporters on the team’s return, in the VIP Lounge at Piarco International Airport on Monday evening.
“We didn’t go to the World Cup to play boring hockey,” an obviously tired Govia, himself a former national player, patiently explained. “We went there to play entertaining hockey, and I think the boys achieved that and that’s how we won the hearts of the people up there. Everywhere, even outside the stadium, people were talking about Trinidad and Tobago.”