Fr. Guiana venue for playoff

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Jamaica Gleaner

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Dec. 7 (CANA):

The international Football Federation (FIFA) has ruled that the third and final world cup preliminary match between Surinam and Trinidad and Tobago will be played in French Guiana on December 18. The original date was December 19.

French Guiana, which is officially a French-speaking country but uses some Dutch, was the choice of the Dutch-speaking Surinamese while Trinidad and Tobago wanted the match played in Barbados.

In the first match played in Surinam the teams drew 1-1 and the replay in Trinidad ended 2-2.

The local Football Association's secretary, Austin Warner said the Association will ask government for assistance to cover an estimated 50,000 dollars (TT) cost to send the country's 22-man squad to French Guiana.

The sum is 20,000 dollars more than the cost to send the party to Barbados, he added.