No Dream Team For South Africa

Marc Purcell
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When Trinidad and Tobago takes the field this week versus South Africa they will be minus a few international stars. Several international players have made there intentions clear that they will not be available for the clash with the Bafana Bafana. The list includes Dwight Yorke, Shaka Hislop, Tony Rougier, Marvin Andrews and Russell Latapy all due to club commitments. A cloud of doubt hangs over the availability of Jerren Nixon and Clint Marcelle.

The game will feature a collection of US based players with Stern John and Mickey Trotman resuming there lethal partnership. Trotman who was released from Dallas two weeks ago was snapped up by the Miami Fusion. Also in the squad will be utility play Ansil Elcock of the Columbus Crew and the return of Craig Demmin to the senior level after a three year absence.

South Africa come into this game after a 1-1 tie with Denmark last week. It will not be the same squad that faced Denmark. Missing from the squad will be several overseas professionals. Most of those who played against Denmark have club commitments. The South Africa squad:

Goalkeepers: Brian Baloyi (Kaizer Chiefs), John Tlale (Sundowns)

Defenders: Michael Manzini, Themba Mnguni
(Sundowns), Matthew Booth (Spurs), Fabian McCarthy
(Celtic), Papi Khomane (Orlando Pirates), Clyde
Mahlangu (SuperSport)

Midfielders: Jerome McCarthy (Santos), Junaid Hartley
(Stars), Doctor Khumalo (Chiefs), Joel Masilela
(Sundowns), Papi Mbele (Professionals), Thabo
Mngomeni (Pirates), Godfrey Sapula (Cosmos), Alfred
Phiri (Genclerbirligi, Turkey)

Strikers: Pollen Ndlanya, Siyabonga Nomvete (Chiefs),
Daniel Mudau (Sundowns), McDonald Mukansi
(Paralimni, Cyprus)

In the shooting range...

In the Premiership, Dwight Yorke and Manchester United jumped to the top of the table with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa. They now have a three point lead over Arsenal.

It was one of those days in which Shaka Hislop should have stayed in bed. West Ham got shelled 5-1 with three of there players getting red cards.

In the first division neither Tony Rougier nor Clint Marcelle were in there line ups for there respective clubs.

Over in Scotland, Russell Latapy, the Scottish First division player of the year, had the day off when Hibernian defeated Stranraer 4-0. Marvin Andrews came on as a sub in Raith Rover's game versus St. Mirren.