Friday, February 23, 2018

Williams to lead T&T into battle

 Jan Michael Williams, the senior national men’s goalkeeper, will spearhead a Trinidad and Tobago XI, consisting of senior and under-20 members, in a friendly international football match against Guadeloupe’s senior team from 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, in Tobago. 

Williams, who played for the entire duration of T&T’s last two internationals against World Cup participants Argentina and Brazil in June, is the eldest player in the squad at age 29. 

 Also included among the senior players is 24-year-old playmaker Leston Paul, who captained T&T at the 2010 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, as well as W Connection defender Mikhail William, 24, who has one previous  T&T senior team cap and has also played professionally for Pogon’Szczecin (Poland) and FC Fyn (Denmark).  

The majority of the team is made up of the national under-20 team, which go into competitive action in the next two weeks, when T&T host the Caribbean final round of U-20 World Cup qualifiers. 

“The senior team has the Caribbean Cup and Gold Cup qualifiers coming up in October, which we also will be focusing on. But, I think the Under 20s are next in line for competition, so this game hopefully will serve them well in their build up to the qualifiers in just under a week’s time,” Williams said. 

“It’s a good outing for the younger players,” Williams added. “As a senior player in the line up,  I will hope to see them stay composed and execute according to our game plan. Guadeloupe is by no means an easy opponent so it will be a great test for the boys,” 

 The final squad also includes former US-College based  Keegan Bacchus and W Connection midfielder Keron Boucher. 

Some of the other members of the squad will represent this country at the Under 20 qualifiers,  including past members of the previous national Under-17 team that came to within one victory of qualifying for the 2013 FIFA Under-17 Men’s World Cup. 

That list includs Shannon Gomez, Akeem Garcia, Andre Fortune, Josiah Trimmingham, Kishun Seecharan and Levi Garcia. Among the new call ups are Guaya United defender Marcus Ramkhalawan and St Ann’s Rangers forward Kadeem Corbin and another Central FC forward, Nicholas Dillon.