No Dwight, no match...

Author: 
Shaun Fuentes
Date Published: 
1999-10-01
Source: 
Trinidad Guardian

TRINIDAD and Tobago's match against Caribbean rivals Jamaica scheduled for October 10 in Kingston has been called off.

According to a release from the Jamaica Football Federation, market research there has indicated that Jamaican fans are not interested in a third game between the two countries this year without Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke and Hibernian midfielder Russell Latapy.

It is reported that the Reggae Boyz, who slipped below T&T into 43rd spot on the latest FIFA world rankings, are now trying to arrange a match against El Salvador.

Die-hard Jamaican fans are reportedly angry about the postponement but weren't totally surprised because of the lack of publicity for the match.

T&T team manager Richard Braithwaite wasn't afraid to say that the possibility of losing in their backyard may have been one of Jamaica's reasons for the call-off.

He was somewhat displeased as the cancellation affects the schedule of matches for the remainder of the year.

However, a match against possibly a Central American side may be arranged.

T&T will get the chance to test their skills against Central American opponents Guatemala in Guatemala City on November 10.

T&T may also play Ecuador in New York on October 21.

That is expected to be followed by tours to South America and Saudi Arabia before the end of the year.

Finnish based defender Brent Sancho is currently back home after completing his first season with First Division club Mapo 47.

The 22-year-old defender who was selected on the squad to face Jamaica, will join the national team in training in preparation for the 2000 Concacaf Gold Cup and World Cup qualifiers.

He will also line up for the Under-23 side in their 2000 Sydney Olympic qualifying match against Barbados at the Centre of Excellence, Macoya on Sunday.

Sancho has also been offered the chance to play on loan at a Belgium First Division side and Dutch side Willem II Tilburg who are currently campaigning in the European Champions' League.

Sancho, who attended the St John's University in the United States before going to Finland, has also arranged for an American-based coach to come here on Saturday to scout local secondary school players for possible scholarships.

Players shortlisted for Olympic qualifiers on Sunday: Anthony Marshall, Derek King, Atiba Charles, Jefferson George (W Connection), Jason Scotland, Carlos Edwards, Anton Pierre, Selwyn George (Defence Force), Keyeno Thomas, Travis Mulraine (capt.), Nigel Pierre, Kerwyn Jemmot, Justin Latapy (Joe Public), Marlon Rojas (Police) Hector Sam, Joseph Peters (CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh), Andre Cooper (Moruga FC), Brent Sancho (Mapo 47), Ayodele Greene, Robin Hart (Overseas).