Soca Warriors to play Iran
Trinidad and Tobago will be going to Brazil after all. An international friendly between this country men’s national senior team and Iran has been confirmed to take place in Sao Paolo, Brazil on June 8.
This game will follow T&T’s June 4 friendly international against Argentina in La Plata and there are ongoing discussions to get a third game on the schedule for that period.
The game against Iran resulted following initial discussions between Iran’s head coach Carlos Queiroz and the TTFA and an international match agent.
“This is another massive game for our national team,” said TTFA President Raymond Tim Kee.
“I think the match comes at a really good time and will be a fantastic opportunity for our current national senior team to experience playing such a game just mere days before the start of the World Cup and in the country where all the action will be taking place. I am excited by this and it will allow our country’s national flag to be flown in Brazil which is always a very proud moment.
“This game will hopefully go a long way in helping prepare our players for our upcoming Caribbean Cup campaign later this year and for our 2018 Russia World Cup campaign,” Tim Kee added.
Iran are currently the number one ranked team in Asia and 34th on the FIFA World rankings. This will be their fourth World Cup appearance, having qualified for the 1978, 1998 and 2006 Finals.
Iran will compete in Group F alongside Argentina, Nigeria, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Along with the warm up game against T&T, Iran will also play Belarus on May 18, and Montenegro on May 26.