Camps Says No To Yorke's Idea

Marc Purcell
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Trinidad and Tobago Football Association President Oliver Camps is cold to idea proposed by Dwight Yorke. Last week Yorke asked the TTFA to schedule international games around the English Premiership break so he will be available for them. However, in a Trinidad Express interview Camps poured cold water on the idea.

"Trying to arrange things around one player is going to upset the entire programme," Camps told the Express "If it was only one player that you had to think in terms of then you might be able to organise certain aspects of your programme to facilitate that. But when you have a number of foreign pros you certainly cannot schedule your programme to suit each one."

Stating that it was the head coach's right to choose the foreign based players, Camps said it was up to the players to respond to the invitations sent. Camps went on to say that the TTFA cannot accommodate just one person but all it's players.

Remember the arguments made last year when we were bounced out of the World Cup. Our team were a bunch of individuals that could not mesh. There cannot be a problem with arranging international games during the English break. Norway with most of it's players in England arrange there games when the break takes place. The schedule for the English Premiership comes out soon. Finding out when the break will take place and arranging two or three internationals months in advance is not a difficult process. With Yorke, Hislop, Ince, Marcelle, Rougier, Andrews and soon to be (if you read much into rumors) Nahkid and Latapy, all playing in the British Isles, arranging friendlies around the breaks when most of your best players are available is a good idea. In addition, most if not all our US based players will be available since thier season ends in October.

Yorke replaces Dwarika on Caribbean All-Stars

Dwight Yorke will be replacing Arnold Dwarika on the Caribbean All-Star team that will play Jamaica on Sunday. Yorke will join Clayton Ince, Sherwyn Jullien, Ansil Elcock, David Nahkid and Jerren Nixon. The game is billed as a good luck send off to Jamaica and will take place at Giant's Stadium in New York.

Dwarika was unable to make as he is headed to Lebenon on a two week trial with Al Ansar. Al Ansar is the former team of national captain David Nahkid. If the trial is successful he will join Peter Prosper and Welsey Webb at the club for next season. This will be Dwarika's second international proffessional contract. Webb, has had playing stints in Indonesia and Portugal. Prosper was the 1996 Lebenese player of the year.

Hislop moving to other teams.

Does it rain in the rainy season? Isn't Amoco Renegades the best steelband in Trinidad? There are little doubts about these things and there is no doubt that Shaka Hislop will be playing for another team when next season rolls around. Shaka Hislop's position at Newcastle was thrown into disarray when he and management could not agree to terms on a new contract that expires on June 30th.

Two teams have step forward in the race to acquire Hislop. English Premiership club side West Ham and First division club Wolverhampton Wolves are interested in putting the former St. Mary's College standout between the uprights for next season.

West Ham are interested in aquiring Hislop on a free transfer. The Hammers are about to loose there number one goalie in French international Lama to another team. Should Hislop join West Ham he will have to battle fellow Concacaf rival in Canadian Craig Forrest for the starting job.

At Wolverhampton, Hislop will rejoin his former Reading manager Kevin McGhee.

It will be interesting to see what the clauses in his contract will state. His contract with Newcastle stated that he could not play for Trinidad and Tobago. T&T dodged a bullet in March when Hislop was called up to English B team but didnot start. Had he started T&T would never see him in a national uniform.

In the starting lineup....

Several national team members will be in New York for the All-Star game. Evans Wise and New England will take on New York at home on Sunday. Brian Haynes will be looking to score his second goal in a row this weekend when he teams up with fellow national Mickey Trotman. They and Dallas will face Miami.

Over in the A-league, Avery John and the gang at Raleigh take on Hershey. It will be a battle of the defenders when Shawn Boney of Connecticut takes on Craig Demmin of Rochester. Terry St. Louis of Toronto will face the US Pro-40 team. Lester Felician and Gary Glasgow and the rest of the Trini gang will look to improve there record on Sunday when they face Minnesota.