AKEEM ADAMS might well have run out in the Trinidad and Tobago national football team uniform had the circumstances of the last three weeks taken a different turn. Instead, the fallen Soca Warrior clings to life in a Hungarian hospital.
Akeem’s Trinidad and Tobago teammates honoured him with a solid display at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, late yesterday, against World Cup hopefuls New Zealand.
A fair crowd, some 10,000 or so, turned up as the Soca Warriors drew 0-0 when playing their maiden home match since former Canada national coach Stephen Hart took up duties in June.
New Zealand got what they bargained for, a competitive run out
ahead of an all-important 2013 FIFA World Cup play-off against the fourth-placed CONCACAF team.
The closest either came to a winner was when T&T captain Kenwyne Jones put the best chance off the New Zealand keeper in the 87th minute, and substitute Ataullah Guerra wasted the rebound. Four minutes earlier, balance was maintained only by a match-saving tackle from England-born Justin Hoyte, after Kasta Bararouses bore down menacingly on T&T goalie Marvin Phillip.
The first half ended even and goalless, both teams managing one good chance and a spell of possession. Jones tested Kiwi keeper Glen Ross with a 41st minute free-kick, and also hit across the goalmouth in the early stages, while T&T goalie Jan Michael Williams was called into action on the half hour by Aaron Clapham’s shot from the top of the box.
New Zealand were methodical and organised, but not a skilled bunch. Neither were the Soca Warriors as explosive as some would have hoped. But there were moments of good ball possession, and a constant shape was maintained most times against opponents just one step away from qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.