Panama Replaces Jamaica

Marc Purcell
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Talk about a let down. Trinidad and Tobago will play Panama instead of Jamaica on October 12th. The game scheduled for Panama City will feature several foreign based players including Anthony Rougier (Port Vale), Marvin Andrews (Raith Rovers), Jerren Nixon (FC Zurich) Stern John, Ansil Elcock (Columbus Crew), Brent Sancho (Mapo 47) and Angus Eve (Chester City).

The team is minus both Dwight Yorke and Russell Latapy who are still in the TTFF doghouse for going AWOL versus Colombia last month.

After the Panama game T&T will play Paraguay, Bolivia, Guatemala and Honduras. Also in the works is a tour to Morocco and Saudi Arabia. All of the games will be played outside of T&T.

Speaking to Shaun Fuentes of the Trinidad Guardian Fifa Vice President Jack Warner stated: "I do not expect anything. The Trinidad and Tobago team will play with the players who want to play for the country and who are committed and dedicated. We shall succeed with or without those two players," he said. "I think that Jamaica's excuse is laughable to the extreme when you consider they are now seeking and begging to get a team (El Salvador) ranked 92nd in the world to replace T&T."

Eve signs with Chester

Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Angus Eve has signed a contract with English third division team Chester. Eve, who had previous stints in the Netherlands, becomes the fourth T&T senior player to sign a professional contract in Europe this year. He follows Clayton Ince who signed with Crewe, Avery John with Brehemians in Ireland and Brent Sancho in the Finnish first division.

The news of the signing comes on the heals of recent trials by third string T&T goalie Micheal McCormie at Chester and for Mickey Trotman in Germany.

Last week former national captain David Nahkid signed a one year deal with Al Emirates in the United Arab Emirates.

In other possible player moves, it seems to be only a matter of time before Stern John lands in Europe. Reports indicate that Nottingham Forrest is very eager to sign Stern John at the end of his season in the MLS.

Forrest in need of a striker, has asked West Ham to extend there loan of Ian Wright to them until John is released by Columbus. Forest is one of several European teams showing interest the 22-year-old striker including Watford, Everton, Celtic, Bayern Leverkusen and most recently Leicester City.

The asking price for John will be in the region of £1.5 million.

Latapy comes out fighting

Russell Latapy has a few choice words for the TTFF. Latapy speaking to the Trinidad Express stated that he had no intention of sending a letter to the Federation regarding his failure to show for the Colombia game last month.

"I spoke with Richard Braithwaite and told him that it would be difficult for me to play on the eighth in Miami, travel back to Scotland on the ninth and play (for Hibernian) in an important game on the 11th."

"I'm man enough to apologize if I do something wrong," he declared. "They should be man enough to
apologize when they mislead people. If the same thing is happening for four or five years, then it's time to act." He when on to say that when he does not want to play for T&T anymore he will come out and say it.

Finally when Latapy was questioned on the effect on T&T of losing it's top two players he stated "I think we'd be missed as far as our experience is concerned, I think we're a great influence on the team. If we are not involved it makes it just a little bit harder. But having said that," he ended, "I would not write off the team without me and Dwight."