Yorke, Latapy Out Of Doghouse

Author: 
Irving Ward
Date Published: 
1999-10-29
Source: 
Trinidad Express

Dwight Yorke and Russell Latapy are finally out of the TTFF doghouse. Earlier this week the British based players made peace with TTFF president Oliver Camps. The two found themselves out in the cold because of there failure to show for last month's encounter with Colombia in Miami.

Speaking to the Trinidad Express Camps stated: "I feel confident enough now to say that both (Russell) Latapy and (Dwight) Yorke are committed to Trinidad and Tobago's World Cup effort. I got both players on their cells and we spoke at length on various issues,'' he said, "At the end of the day, we were able to clear up all the issues and they assured me that they were ready to play their part." Camps continued: "There is no doubt in my mind now that they are prepared to play for Trinidad and Tobago, once they have no conflict with their club activity they will play.''

Saying that he had refrained from acting despite "all the stories that appeared in the press'', Camps explained that he had "left it up to people who were dealing with team to do something''. But, he said, referring to the World Cup and the Gold Cup, "with the time drawing nearer, (... ) I couldn't let it go on.''

Asked whether he had asked them directly about their availability for the February Gold Cup, Camps answered in the negative. "I didn't ask them particularly about the Gold Cup, knowing fully well that they had already committed to it. I think it is safe to say,'' Camps ended, "that once the Gold Cup doesn't clash with their club duties, they will make themselves available for the tournament.''