Big football clash at Stadium
FOOTBALL at the highest level is in store for spectators this afternoon, captain of the Trinidad and Tobago Oil Company (TRINTOC), Clayton Morris, has promised.
The many-time Trinidad and Tobago Division One champions will be in action against a Kingston and St. Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) All Stars team at the National Stadium this evening at 6 o'clock and if Morris' word is anything to go by, the game should be worth watching.
"Jamaicans will see football at the highest level," Morris, captain of the Trinidad and Tobago national team, known as the "Strike Squad", said. "We are all happy to be here and we intend to play to the best of our ability. We, have been looking forward to this game moreso because members of the "Strike Squad" could not make it for the game against the Jamaica national team.
"We played a game in Curacao on Monday just before we came here and we won 3-0 so we are in good condition," Morris added.
"Strike Squad" forward, Philbert Jones, a prolific goal-getter, fellow "Strike Squad" midfielder, Paul Elliot-Allen, and forward, Peter Prosper scored the goals in Monday's match-up.
Other members of the "Strike Squad" who could spell danger for the opposition are Anthony Rougier, Leroy Spann, Adrian Fonrose, and Marvin Faustin, a defender, who first played here against Jamaica in 1986 as a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Juvenile team. Faustin played outside right in that match, won 1-0 by Trinidad and Tobago, a team which also included midfleld star, Russell Latapy.
Anthony Rougier is also a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic team which lost 0-4 and 0-1 to the Jamaica national team and the Jamaica Olympic team respectively,
here on April 2, and 3.
TRINTOC's manager Richard Braithwaite, and coach Sgt. Rawle Samuel, have been optimistic in their views of their team's performance this evening.
"The team is playing pretty well, and Monday's match in Curacao was very good for us. We intend to win Wednesday's game," Braithwaite said.
Samuel feels the game will be a good one but is confident that his boys will pull it off. "We play as much attractive football as we can, some call it a mixture of the Brazilian style with the European style, but we always try to have the right blend. I think we will have a good game and at this stage I intend to keep my team's formation a secret.
TRINTOC have also done very well in the CONCACAF Club Championships. They won the North Zone title in 1987, but lost the overall regional title to fellow Trinidad and Tobago kingpins, the Defence Force, their long-time rivals.
The KSAFA team, coached by Frank Brown and managed by Hughlett Dyght, is a reasonably balanced one, at least on paper. The team will be led by Lorne Davis, a former Excelsior High School Manning Cupper, who represented Harbour View Football Club in defence before moving on to his current club, Duhaney Park.
Davis will have with him Gary Waysome of Major League champions Waterhouse, Steve Knight of Maxfield, Horace Samuels of the Jamaica Defence Force, Lincoln Taffe and Tony Reynolds of Constant Spring, Everald Peddie of Maverly/Hughenden, Mario Hackett of Santos, Ken Blackwood of Tivoli Gardens, Anthony Benbow and Eugene Williams of Arnett Gardens, among others.
It is understood that KSAFA was still trying to get the national players released for this game.