Injuries, long play thwart CFA chances

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Jamaica Gleaner


THE Caribbean football side returned to Trinidad this afternoon with the tale that the unaccustomed 90 minutes play, plus injuries to two key players, thwarted their chances against Surinam.

The Caribbean team played three Tests, two ending in a two goals all deadlock, and the final Test to Surinam, four goals to nil.

Speaking for the team, Mr. Eric James, Manager of the tourists, told reporters at Piarco Airport that they were allowed to change four players and the goalkeeper during the matches, so that every player took part in every game, except he was injured.

The 90 minutes play took a toll of the Caribbean side after the first Test. Key centre half, Allan Joseph, and Carlton Hinds, star inside right, received early injuries and were rendered hors de combat. This was a very serious setback.

In the second Test, the Caribbean team had the match in the bag when an eleventh hour penalty gave the homesters the equaliser. Mr. James praised the hospitality of Surinam. The Jamaican members flew on to Puerto Rico.