Trinidad and Tobago’s senior men’s team, accompanied by more than a hundred supporters, touched down in Buenos Aires just around 9.45 p.m. (8:45 p.m. T&T time) Sunday night for tomorrow’s friendly international against the host country at the Estadio Monumental.
T&T head coach Stephen Hart and his 22-man squad, led by skipper Kenwyne Jones, had a late dinner after checking in at the Etoile Hotel in Recoleta, while the rest of the travelling contingent--which included double world record-holder Brian Lara and the Siparia rhythm section, a tassa group and steelband--made their way to the Marriott Hotel.
“It’s good to be here,” Hart told Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) media officer Shaun Fuentes.
“We’ve known about this game since the start of the year and getting to the country and settling in is always something you want to get out of the way. It was a long day so the players will get some rest and have the morning off. We’ll have a session in the afternoon and just continue focusing on what’s ahead of us on Wednesday,” he added.
Jones said that his team will not be star-struck when they take the field against Lionel Messi and his men on Wednesday.
“I don’t think it’s going to be something where we are going to freeze on the day. Obviously, it’s a big occasion for the players but we’re going to be ready for it. My players know what they have to do...they will press as they should, they will put in their tackles and they will be going all out to put in a good showing,” Jones said yesterday prior to the team’s training session.
And T&T President Anthony Carmona is scheduled to arrive closer to match day to witness the encounter. The game will now kick off at 7.30 p.m. (6.30 p.m. T&T time) following a change by the Argentina Football Association.