Soca Warriors to face New Zealand
Trinidad and Tobago’s senior national men’s team will face off with New Zealand’s senior team in a friendly international at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, on October 15.
Local fans will have their first opportunity to see the Soca Warriors in action up close since their promising run at the 2013 Concacaf Gold Cup and third place finish at the recent OSN Cup in Saudi Arabia. New Zealand earned second place at the OSN Cup. In their first ever visit to this country, the “All Whites” will be preparing for their final World Cup qualification matches against the fourth-placed Concacaf team, and are keen to experience a Concacaf environment.
T&T head coach Stephen Hart, meanwhile, said he was anticipating his debut home match at the helm of the national team. He took up the appointment in June.
“It’s a good international for us particularly as we are hoping to continue with the intentions of playing at least one international game per month,” Hart told TTFA Media.
“So far we have seen progress but it is important to have the group together at every affordable time and this game will provide us with another opportunity to work with the players and see them in a match situation against a respectable opponent in New Zealand which finished unbeaten at the 2010 World Cup Finals,” Hart added.
TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee said this is yet another collaborative effort involving the TTFA, the Ministry of Sport and SPORTT.
“Following discussions with the New Zealand FA last month, an agreement was reached. And we also wish to acknowledge the support of the Ministry of Sport and the Sports Company (SPORTT) for their commitment to the national team’s programme and this particular match on October 15.
“We are making progress in several areas of our development,” Tim Kee continued, “as was evident with the championship run of our Women’s Under 17 team in Haiti this week where they were crowned Caribbean champions. And our senior men’s team has also shown signs of advancement. The Minister of Sport Mr Anil Roberts has recognised this, and we are pleased with the support that he and his Ministry continue to offer the TTFA.”
Further announcements will be made relating to ticket prices, points of sale, and initiatives that will allow patrons attending the match to make contributions towards a fund to assist national team defender Akeem Adams, who is currently warded in the ICU at the Varosmajori Heart Clinic in Hungary after suffering a heart attack last week. He is awaiting a heart transplant.