National senior team head coach Hutson Charles has included two uncapped home-based players in his final 20-man squad to contest the upcoming Caribbean Cup semi-final round which starts tomorrow with T&T facing St Vincent/Grenadines from 8pm at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, Bacolet.
Charles has called up W Connection forward Hashim Harcia and Caledonia AIA midfielder Keyon Edwards. There are also recalls for W Connection defender Kern Cupid and Caledonia midfielder Atulla Guerra, while Caledonia defender Aubrey David, who was once in the Guyana national team, has also earned a place in the T&T squad. David has one cap for T&T in a friendly against Antigua/Barbuda earlier this year.
Also coming back into the T&T team is Thailand-based forward Kendall Jagdeosingh who is coming off a solid season for Chainat FC in the Thai Premier League.
Charles has to do without Ipswich Town captain Carlos Edwards as well as Turkey-based forward Darryl Roberts, Philiadelphia Union midfielder Keon Daniel and midfielder Kevin Molino who requested that he not be included as he is awaiting a visa before returning to Belgium to sign a new contract.
Kazakhstan-based defender Robert Primus, after arriving in T&T on the weekend, pulled out after complaining of discomfort in his knee. Added to that, Willis Plaza left yesterday to return to Vietnam while W Connection defender Daneil Cyrus is also off to Vietnam to pen a new contract.
While it appears to be a depleted T&T squad, Charles maintains that his squad has what it takes to pull off the required results to advance to the Caribbean Cup Finals in Antigua next month.
"It's not ideal at the moment but this group of players are very hungry to achieve something," Charles told TTFF Media yesterday prior to a training session at the Dwight Yorke Stadium training ground. Charles' squad is based at the Mt Irvine Bay Hotel.
"The situation hasn't changed much since the previous round and I think the guys are aware of what is taking place and they know that winning results is possibly the only way out of some of the problems we are facing. We have some experienced players as well as some in form ones here with us and I believe once we execute our plan well on the day then we should be alright," Charles added.
"We have also included two uncapped players who I believe are in good form at the moment and they deserve a look and a chance to be with the team. We'll see how they fit into our plans and I'm confident they can bring something worthwhile to the table."
Looking at his opening opponents tomorrow, Charles was already guarding against any form of complacency.
"We have seen that there is no way that we can take any of these teams for granted. St Vincent, Cuba and Suriname are all in this to try and achieve success. We have to go out there and show that we want it more than them," said the former Defence Force player.
In tomorrow's opening match Cuba takes on Suriname from 6pm .The top two teams will advance to next month's finals. Tickets will be sold at the venue on matchday at $40 (covered) and $20 (uncovered).
Jan Michael Williams, Marvin Phillip, Seon Power, Joevin Jones, Curtis Gonzales, Kareem Moses, Carlyle Mitchell, Kern Cupid, Densill Theobald, Clyde Leon, Atulla Guerra, Devorn Jorsling, Richard Roy, Jamal Gay, Hashim Harcia, Keyon Edwards, Kevon Carter, Hughtun Hector, Aubrey David and Kendall Jagdeosingh.