JFF Team Plays First Match In Trinidad Today

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Jamaica Gleaner

"The enthusiasm and standard of play the team has shown in training, give me all the confidence of victory," national football coach George Thompson said yesterday afternoon before the Jamaica Football Federation's squad left for Trinidad, where they will participate in a football festival, to mark part of the Trinidad Football Association's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The team was scheduled to have left the Palisadoes International Airport at 11.45 a.m., but was delayed until 1.40 p.m.

Leaving yesterday were Major Leslie Lloyd, manager; George Thompson, coach; Frank Brown (captain), Vester Constantine, John Simmonds, Lloyd Haynes, Oscar Black, Clement Dawes, Alston DaCosta, Lloyd McLean, David Largie, Leeford Hardie, Paul Thomas, Vernon Bell, Undell Williams, Milverton Brooks and Dennis Ziadie.

The President of the JFF, Mr. George Abrahams, who should have left with the squad yesterday, will not be leaving until next week.

The team plays its first match of the tour this afternoon against a Trinidad XI at Queen's Park Oval. Next week Saturday, there will be a return encounter at the same venue. On Wednesday, the JFF team play its second match against a Combined College XI.

The team which will play this afternoon is, Vester Constantine (goal), Paul Thomas (RB), John Simmonds (CH), Lloyd Haynes (LH), Frank Brown (LB), Clement Dawes (RH), Lloyd McLean (IF), David Largie (OR), Undell Williams (IR), Oscar Black (CF), and Dennis Ziadie (OL).

While in Trinidad, the squad will stay at the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment's barracks in Tectron Bay, which is 20 miles from Port-of-Spain.

The players are due to return on Sunday, December 3.