Soca Warriors whip French Guiana 4-1
Trinidad and Tobago opened 2012 Caribbean Cup with a 4-1 victory over Group Five opponents French Guiana in the first match of a double-header last night at Warner Park, St Kitts. Later, home team St Kitts-Nevis were due to meet Anguilla.
Despite having only begun preparing late for the match, the Soca Warriors led 2-1 at the half, and extended that advantage with two second half goals. Scoring for T&T were Hughton Hector, Jamal Gay, Keon Daniel, and Willis Plaza.
The French Guiana team had called up six overseas players, some of whom play in the French league, including Lesly Malouda, brother of Chelsea and France international defender Florent Malouda.
Trinidad and Tobago were in danger of missing the tournament after the Ministry of Sport opted no to fund their trip to St Kitts. But in controversial circumstances Minister of Sport Anil Roberts reversed his decision.
T&T have to play Anguilla next on Friday, before they end the tournament against the hosts on Sunday.
The winners of the group will be automatic qualifiers for the main phase of the competition later this year, while there is also a spot for the best second-placed team.