The Trinidad Football Team On Way Here

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Jamaica Gleaner

Arrangements Have Been Completed By The J.F.A. For Their Reception.
Comments Made On The Composition of the Teams: Jamaica's Defence

The Jamaica Football Association has now completed its many arduous tasks in preparation for the fast approaching visit of the Trinidad football team here, which according to official information received, sailed from that colony on Tuesday for Jamaica. Everything now is in a state of preparedness, and Jamaica football fans await this much discussed invasion with keen anticipation.

There is really only one big item that is left to be closed in connection with this tour—the final selection of Jamaica's team—but this matter I do feel will be satisfactorily dealt with as from the performances at the at the two trial matches the selectors should by now be well satisfied with their choice.

Speaking of the visiting Trinidadian players I was shown yesterday a very thoughtfully written article which appeared recently in one of the Trinidad sporting papers which dealt with the final selection of players, made by the Trinidad Football Association for the visit to Jamaica.

The writer of the article contended that the selectors completed their task admirably, and that from the available material they have chosen a fully representative team. It was pointed out, however, that there might be a slight weakness in the forward line of the team and this statement, which I must accept as fact, coming from that end, gives me much food for thought.

From my personal knowledge of the ability of some of the players coming (as I saw them in action during my short visits to Trinidad) I am convinced that the defence of the visiting team should


and should indeed stand up well to the test of our forwards. But while this might be so, it is obvious that if their forwards are weak—especially in their shooting, their chances against ours are by no means as rosy as they would appear at first.

Jamaica's defence, too will be fortified, there can be no doubt, by the best pick that can possibly be made from the most formidable and consistent performers; and when all is said and done, even though at times we find most of our defenders playing carelessly, we have on the average, some very stubborn defenders. Under the circumstances it must be admitted that if our forwards proved to be more aggressive that those of the visiting team our possibilities of winning would be enhanced.

Frank Ambard, the Trinidad goal-keeper who is coming out here is said to be one of the finest performers "between the sticks" that both Trinidad and the other colonlies of the British West Indies have seen for years. He is from St. Mary's College, Trinidad and is also the custodian of one of the most prominent clubs of that colony—Shamrock.

If Clarence Passailaigue, our veteran all-Jamaica keeper is selected (and I feel there is nothing on performance against his selection) like Trinidad every assurance is given that our last line of defence


warranted a manner as it has done in the past.

While there is no official announcement to date as to who is likely to lead the Jamaica side, I contend that such a responsible position should be given to a man who is both popular among the players and whose selection would be merited from at least his experience in such big games. In this direction no better selection could be made than that of Clarence Passailaigue or Alty Sasso. Incidentally these are the two main factors in the selection of A. Wilkinson, the Captain of the visiting Trinidad team.

I noticed where Trinidad also contents that the selection of W. Payne, as their outside left wing player is a selection that will prove very advantageous to that side. He is accurate in his work, hard working, speedy and most of all, possesses a wide knowledge, not only of the game but the key of his position. These factors, I maintain, should equally be the guiding points for our selectors.