T&T To Face Jamaica In Cup Opener

Marc Purcell
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Talk about big openings, Trinidad and Tobago will face Caribbean champions Jamaica in the opening game of the Caribbean Cup in two weeks.

National team manager Richard Braithwaite stated last week that Jamaica will be going into the tournament as favorites. Jamaica will be coming off two international matches in Europe versus Sweden and Norway. Trinidad and Tobago for there part will head to South America just before the tournament to face a unnamed team. T&T has called up several international players for the Caribbean Cup. They include, Tony Rougier, Marvin Andrews, Shaka Hislop, Russell Latapy, Jerren Nixon, Mickey Trotman and Stern John.

Same song, old dance

Richard Braithwaite also made a call for sponsors for the senior team. T&T is seeking to raise TT$1.2 million for football programs this year. He said winning the Caribbean Cup will go a long way to attaining that goal.

It seems like a broken record. The TTFF always walking cap in hand begging anyone that would listen. The TTFF is nothing more than a make work program for old drinking pals and back scratchers. The TTFF had/has the opportunity to arrange more games with international teams that would not cost them one cent. What fans here in North America would have seen is T&T playing right here in there back yards instead of in T&T. All courtesy of one dedicated T&T football fan.

Unfortunately, one individual stands in the way of that goal and uses the federation as his own personal tool box. That same individual put in charge members of his own family that promoted the Caribbean Cup final last that resulted in 10,000 fans showing up for the final in a 25,000 seat stadium. You have to start asking yourself how can this continue. In the comings[sic] weeks you will have the opportunity to make that change. Stay tuned folks this ain't over yet.

Yorke and Man U win premiership.

One down, two to go. Dwight Yorke and Manchester United are two games away from one of the greatest feats in English football. Yesterday was just part one of a unprecedented triple crown for Man U. They defeated Tottenham Hotspurs 2-1 to win the English Premiership by one point over Arsenal. On Saturday Manchester United will play Newcastle United in the FA Cup final and later this month will play Bayern Munich in the European Cup final.

Yorke had a dream season in league play. He finished tied for first in goal scoring with 18 items. While it was not his best goal total, his partnership with Andy Cole made ManU nearly unbeatable this season.

Dwarika & Eve on trials.

Arnold Dwarika and Angus Eve are currently on trials in the US. They are trying out with the Kansas City Wizards of the MLS. Should they be successful they will join, Stern John, Ancil Elcock and Brian Haynes playing in the MLS and the seventh and eighth T&T nationals ever to play in the league.

Dwarika is going into the trials with European experience. Two years ago he played for East Fife in the Scottish first division. Dwarika was described once as being the best value of money in Scotland because of his exceptional skill. Following injury he found himself back in T&T playing with Joe Public where he was named captain of the squad. Dwarika has recently found himself back in the national squad after being in Bertile St. Clairs' dog house due to problems with his discipline.

Irasto Knights is also on trials this time with Rochester in the A-League.

In the shooting range...

Stern John scored his third goal of the season for Columbus in a 2-0 win over New England. It marked a successful opening of the MLS and USA's first and only football only stadium. John scored in the 59th minute on a powerful header. He also assisted in the opening score by providing a pass to Jeff Cunningham in the 10th minute.

Jerren Nixon and FC Zurich continue there climb up the Swiss first division table. They defeated FC Basel 2-1 to win there fourth game in a row. Last week Nixon scored in a 4-0 win over Servette. Zurich are now in fourth place with four points separating them from first placed Grasshoppers. This weekend will go a long way in determing the league winner as FC Zurich plays Grasshoppers in the local derby.

Over in Portugal, Leonson Lewis scored his fourth goal of the season in a 1-1 tie with Salgueiros.