Phillips: Argentina friendly a big opportunity
Trinidad and Tobago Football Association General Secretary Sheldon Phillips believes the June 4 friendly International against World Cup favourites Argentina is a tremendous opportunity for this country.
Phillips expects the game to have interest of immense proportions throughout the globe and will bring some measure of benefit to the country.
He added that the commitment of Sport Minister Anil Roberts is continuing to be a major factor in the way forward for local football.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to play Argentina this close to a World Cup and the Minister of Sport, the Honourable Anil Roberts recognises this and has agreed to support the match. This is definitely a continuation of what began in 2013 with a collaboration that was struck between the minister and the TTFA’s president Mr Raymond Tim Kee,” Phillips stated yesterday.
“We are indeed very satisfied with these developments and we intend to maximise it in terms of the benefits it can bring to local football and by extension the country at large,” Phillips added.
T&T head coach Stephen Hart has identified the encounter as a hugely significant one.
“I think it’s a fantastic and unique opportunity for our country to be showcased against what is arguably one of the best teams in the world and one that is a favourite for the World Cup. They will be approaching their peak going into the tournament and will have the eyes of the world on them,” Hart said.
“We will be playing away from home and we will prepare for the match and approach it in the most sensible manner. We must respect the fact that not only will this be an extreme challenge because of the team that we are playing but also because they have one of the best players, if not the best, in the game today.”