Futsal squad off to Costa Rica

Date Published: 
2004-07-19
Source: 
Trinidad Express

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T&T will come up against Mexico in the opening match of the tournament on July 23, before meeting hosts Costa Rica two days later. They will end the preliminary round against Suriname.

Teams in the five-a-side version of the CONCACAF tournament, are vying for two qualifying places to the FIFA Futsal World Championship in Chinese Taipei, 2004.

Coach Clayton Morris, an outstanding former Trinidad and Tobago national defender, has had a bunch of players training for the last four months.

After winning the Caribbean Championship here in April, Morris kept 18 players in training, before selecting his final 12 last Friday. Those making the Costa Rica trip are Kevin Graham (Captain), Sterlin O'Brian (vice-capt), Perry Martin, Kevin Peters, Ako James, Cordelle Greenidge, Anthony Small, Wendell Douglas, Colin Joseph, Marvin Lee, Franklyn Ollivierre and Derwin Baltazar.

Also going to Costa Rica will be assistant-coach Hutson Charles, manager Ronald Bereton and trainer/physiotherapist David Cumberbatch.

Morris reports his players have done a lot of work in preparation for the tournament and are fit. Ideally he would have liked to have two overseas tours just prior to competing at the Costa Rica tournament, but the governing Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation could only partially accommodate them.

In May, Trinidad and Tobago toured Cuba, where they won (2-1), drew (1-1) and lost 1-2) against their highly-rated spanish-speaking neighbours.

Meanwhile, Mexico toured the United States last weekend where they lost 3-1. and Costa Rica travelled to Cuba where they won 3-2 and 5-2. Costa Rica also had a couple of warm-up matches against Mexico.

"A lot of the teams we will meet in the tournament have kept playing," Morris said. "We would have liked to get something else. But even so, I don't think we are out of it. We went into the Caribbean tournament without any games under our belt and we still won that."

T&T'S PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE:

July 23

MEXICO - TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, Palacio de los Deportes
COSTA RICA - SURINAME, Palacio de los Deportes

July 25

SURINAME - MEXICO, Palacio de los Deportes
COSTA RICA - TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, Palacio de los Deportes

July 27

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO - SURINAME, Palacio de los Deportes