Trinidad now in hard training for final match

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Jamaica Gleaner

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Sept 17, CANA

TRINIDAD and Tobago's World Cup squad has returned to full time training for their final CONCACAF zone match against the United States of America on November 19 at the National Stadium here.

The Trinidadians are second on nine points from seven matches, behind Costa Rica who head the five nation standings with 11 points from their qouta of eight matches.

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association has failed to attract several South American and English teams for friendly matches here against the national team.

Football Association secretary Austin Warner said Liverpool had indicated that proposed dates were unsuitable and noted that the Association guaranteed payment was much less than we would normally expect.

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association had offered Liverpool 40,000 pounds sterling (J$400,000) compared with English Club's requirement of 90,000 pounds (J$900,000).

Manchester United also turned down the invitation. Warner said another English first division club, Derby, were almost certain to come on October 7 while Arsenal, the 1988 English League champions, were expected to give a reply by Monday.

The United States are the biggest threat to Trinidad and Tobago's bid to be the first Caribbean team to qualify for the World Cap final. They are on five points, and will meet El Salvador Sunday in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

The Americans will play two more matches before they meet Trinidad and Tobago. They will
play Guatemala on October 8 in Guatemala and host El Salvador in the return fixture on November 5.

The Trinidadian coach Everald "Gally" Cummings and two other senior officials are in Honduras to watch the United States and El Salvador match.

The International Football Federation debarred El Salvador from hosting matches following the cancelation of their first round tie with Costa Rica in June, when sections of the crowd threw debris on the field.