T&T's footballers off to S. Arabia

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Jamaica Gleaner


Trinidad and Tobago ushered in a new era in football when the national team left here on Friday night for a friendly international against Saudi Arabia in Riyadh.

The team will effectively be playing its first match under the umbrella of the Football Company of Trinidad and Tobago (FCTT) an organisation which has been set up to ensure that the country qualifies for the 1998 World Cup finals in France.

Dexter Francis, who led Trinidad and Tobago to the 1994 Shell Caribbean Cup title, will again be at the helm of a team which includes four foreign based professionals Leonson Lewis, Russell Latapy, Clint Marcelle and David Nakhid.

The quartet, currently campaigning overseas, was scheduled to join the rest of the squad
in London on Saturday.

Team manager Richard Abraham told CANA he was quietly optimistic of the future, noting
that the trip to Saudi Arabia should offer a bright start to a new dawn.

Abraham said Trinidad and Tobago had played the Saudis in a warm up game earlier this year while the Arabs were warming up for their World Cup campaign in the United States.

"We gave a very good account of ourselves coming from behind to lose 3-2."

Abraham explained that the presence of the four overseas based professionals should strengthened Trinidad and Tobago and add some confidence to the team.

"We out-played the Saudis in the latter part of that match and there is every reason to believe that we will have a better result at the end," he said.

The game will be played on Thursday.

The team: Dexter Francis (captain), Ross Russell, Clayton Ince, Alvin Thomas, Peter Lewis, Ancil Elcock, Richard Theodore, Sherwin Julien, Kerry Jamerson, Angus Eve, Arnold Dwarika, Wesley Webb, Russell Latapy, Leonson Lewis, Clint Marcelle, David Nakhid, Richard Abraham (manager), Kenny Joseph (coach).