Trinidad Meets Haiti Today: Jamaica XI Picked Tomorrow

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Jamaica Gleaner

Glancing over the official programme of the Trinidad football tour of Haiti before they come on to this Island an Saturday, I observe that it conflicts somewhat with the report of John McCalla, our Haitian correspondent, of the first two matches.

The Trinidadians lost their first match against a Port-au-Prince team 3-2 on Sunday, April 17. The second match on the following Wednesday ended 2-2 and according to the report, it was Haiti's National team thus it must be the first Test, although according to the programme Racing Club were scheduled to play the visitors on that day, and the first Test was not to be played until Sunday last!


Be what it may, a fourth match is hooked for today. It is a Test, and according to the programme the second, while the third will be played on Friday, and Trinidad will leave for Jamaica the following Saturday morning.

Third football team from that Colony to visit this country is expected here by 'plane at 12.25 a.m. at the Palisadoes Airport on Saturday. The party will be made up of 17 players, headed by Joey Gonsalves, who was No. 1 goalkeeper of the 1947 team; and two officials: Messrs. Sonny Brown (Manager and vice-president of the TAFA) and E. R. James (secretary). The latter was also here in 1947.

The team will be met by members of the JFA Council, headed by Mr. Granville daCosta (President). It is not yet known whether there will be any welcome function. The visitors will fly for home on Sunday, May 8.


Tomorrow afternoon, Trial match or not, the Selection Committee of the JFA, of which Mr. Paul Chevannes is chairman, will meet at Sabina Park and select the Jamaica XI for the first Test to be played next Monday.

Immediately after the Council will meet to receive the team, and to select a Captain. No doubt the latter will be contingent on the personnel of the team. Noel Hall captained Jamaica in the three Tests against Haiti last October, but although he is among the sixteen from which the final eleven will be picked, on current form it does not seem as if he will make the side for the first Test, at least.

Harry Walters, next senior member and a certainty, and Franz Alexander seem the other candidates for the job. Alexander also a certainty captained the Jamaica Colts in the Haitian tournament.

Claude McMorris, centre-forward, and leftwinger Vivian Coy, should be mended by now from injuries sustained in the Trial played a fortnight ago, and so be fit and ready to take their places on the side.

Otherwise all is fit and well, including Lester Alcock who has arrived in the city. He turned out with the rest for training yesterday afternoon.