Unwelcomed switch

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Jamaica Gleaner

CALI, Colombia, July 31 (AP)

Trinidad and Tobago's soccer squad packed its bags Friday night and made an unwelcome move of more than 120 miles to the city of Cartago to take part in Group B games of the Pan
American Games competition.

The Trinidadians had originally been drawn to play in Group A with Colombia, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas.

But they were suddenly switched to the tough Cartago section Thursday night after a new draw. Canada, originally slated to contest in Cartago, was moved to Cali.

Egbert Solomon, Trinidad and Tobago soccer coach objected to the new arrangements. He charged it was a clear use of English-speaking teams against the rest at the meeting. Jamaica, Canada and the Bahamas supported Trinidad and Tobago attempt to remain in the Cali grouping.

Colombia, Mexico, Haiti and Cuba backed the move.

Trinidad and Tobago won a bronze medal in the soccer tournament of the last Pan American Games in Winnipeg in 1967. Solomon now figures that his team will be hard-pressed to make the final rounds in the Cartago group alongside crack opponents Mexico, gold medallist in 1967, Cuba and Jamaica.