Shaka Hislop To Debut In Concacaf Clash

Lasana Liburd
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West Ham FC custodian Shaka Hislop has been earmarked for service between Trinidad and Tobago's uprights in their upcoming World Cup qualifier. Hislop, who campaigns in the Premier League, heads a shortlist of three English-based players invited by Trinidad and Tobago's Scottish national coach Ian Porterfield for their November 15th home clash against Panama.

The result of the match is merely academic as Trinidad and Tobago and Mexico have already qualified for the Concacaf final group stage and Fifa vice-president Jack Warner admitted to have persuaded Panama to play what should have been their home match in Port of Spain, Trinidad instead.

Defenders Ian Cox and Kevin Austin of English First Division clubs Burnley and Barnsley respectively are also expected to make their debut. All three should strengthen a defence that conceded seven goals in their last encounter away to Mexico. Hislop - who also holds English citizenship - has already won four caps for Trinidad and Tobago in non-competitive games while Cox has one friendly game under his belt. However a broken leg while on club duty in late January kept Hislop out of the 2000 Concacaf Gold Cup as well as the preliminary World Cup qualifying rounds.

Neither Hislop nor Cox were capped by Porterfield who only took up the portfolio of national team coach after Bertille St Clair was sacked by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) in February. Hislop and Cox both played their last games in the national red, black and white colours on January 18th in a 1-0 away loss to Morocco.