Trinidad To Invite Haiti Football Team

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Trinidad Guardian

Visitors Expected In Oct. For 5-Game Card

The Trinidad Amateur Football Association, at a special council meeting at the Grand Stand, on Friday night, decided to invite the National Team of Haiti, to Trinidad in October, to play a series of five matches, Mr. Eric R. James, Hon Secretary, told the "Sunday Guardian" yesterday afternoon.

The Haitians are booked to play a series of six matches against the Jamaica Football Association during the first two weeks in October, and if arrangements are confirmed, the Haiti players are expected to arrive in Trinidad on October 17. They will return home on October 30.

Mr. James stated that in view of the heavy expense expected as against the relatively small number of matches, the Government have given permission to the T.A.F.A. to enclose the ground for the series.

A total of 17 players, in addition to the president and secretary of the Federation Haitienne de Football Amateur, will comprise the team. Mr. James further disclosed that in order to bring down a team of fit players, the Haitians, on their way from Jamaica, will first travel back to Haiti, with the view to replacing members of the team, who are likely to be injured during the Jamaica tour.

Arrangements to this effect will be made by the Federation, which also expressed their willingness to play in the night by floodlight. It is expected that the night games will be started by that time.


About the programme of matches, Mr. James hinted that it is likely to consist of three Tests, a match against Combined Colleges and one against a club side. A committee have been appointed by the association to go into details of the programme, which will be submitted to the Haiti authorities at a later date, for their approval. The committee will meet at the Grand Stand, at 8 o'clock, tomorrow night.

The committee comprise: Dr. A. G. Francis, Mr. W. Vincent Brown, Mr. E. Almandoz, Mr. V. Richardson, Mr. A. Pouchet and Mr. John Grell.


The Night Football Committee, appointed by the T.A.F.A., held their first meeting at the Grand
Stand late on Friday night, and considered a report submitted by Mr. Donald Gibson, Manager of the Electricity Board, on the erection of a floodlighting system, relative to the introduction of night football in the Colony.

Mr. E. R. James, honorary secretary of the T.A.F.A., said that the committee hope to meet Mr. Gibson and his technicians at 1.30 p.m., on Tuesday, to discuss certain details in connection with the introduction of the night games.