Trinidad and Tobago’s senior footballers arrived in Panama City on Sunday night following the two and thirty minute flight from Port of Spain ahead of Thursday’s International Friendly with Panama at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez at 9:30pm (TT time).

Head Coach Stephen Hart was set to have his first training session with the squad on Monday evening with a near full compliment of players with only Sheldon Bateau, Aubrey David, Jonathan Glenn and Radanfah Abu Bakr expected in by Monday night. Already in camp are captain Kenwyne Jones, Mexican-based defender Yohance Marshall, US-based quartet Joevin Jones, Trevin Caesar, Daneil Cyrus and Kevan George, English-based duo Andre Boucaud and Gavin Hoyte as well as Belgium-based midfielder Khaleem Hyland and Mekeil Williams who is based in Guatemala.

The local players arriving from Port of Spain included Jan Michael Williams, Keron Cummings, Willis Plaza, Aikim Andrews, Marvin Phillip and Neveal Hackshaw.

Hoyte, who missed the 3-3 draw with Mexico last month in Utah after a mix up in communication with his club which asked him to miss the friendly just a day before his departure from London, said he felt confident that there will not be such an occurrence again.

“I’m quite excited to be back in the team. It’s been more than a year now since I’ve played for Trinidad and Tobago,” Hoyte told TTFA Media.

“I’m very relieved. I don’t think this will happen again as obviously there was a bit of a mx up in communication between my manager and the coach but hopefully now it’s all resolved and I’m happy to be here.  I’ve spoken to my manager and he’s very happy. I think he now knows more of what’s going on and he’s happy for me to go and play.

“I’ve been following the team along and they have been doing brilliant. I think it’s good to be back at this time and hopefully I can get back into the mix,” the former Arsenal and England youth international added.

Marshall meantime believes the two upcoming friendlies are a key part of the preparations for the November 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala  (November 13th) and United States (November 17th).

“I think it’s very important for us to come together as a group again especially with one game being in Central America and then the other back in Trinidad and Tobago.

There are a couple new faces coming into the squad and it’s good for us to get that unity and chemistry going again. We know the kind of opposition Panama is and they will present us with a good test. The mentality of our preparation and hopefully the results will build the confidence of the team heading into the two qualifiers in November,” Marshall said.

October 8th was the same date T&T secured a 1-0 win over Panama at the same venue to keep its 2006 World Cup qualifying hopes alive. A lone strike by Stern John gave Leo Beenhakker’s men three crucial points heading into the final game of the final round at home to Mexico. Jones played the final ball into  John for the goal that day. And Jones celebrated his 31st birthday today (Monday) with the team.

“It’s already ten years since that game here against Panama. Time flies but it’s great to be back and on the verge of another qualifying campaign. We’re here to prepare for the two opening matches and we’ll take it one step at a time with the hope of being sufficiently ready,” Jones said.

Thursday’s match will be broadcasted live on Flow channel 99. And tickets for the October 13th Friendly with Nicaragua can be purchased online at www.islandetickets.com,  all Sports & Games outlets, Kenny’s Sport Shop in Port of Spain, Ramsingh’s in Couva and  Fan Club (Movietowne, Gulf City and Trincity Mall). Tickets cost $200 (covered) and $100 (uncovered). Kick off time for the T&T vs Nicaragua game is 7pm.

U19 Indoor Hockey on Saturday

The semi-finals of the 2015 National Indoor Hockey U19 Division is on Saturday at the Jean Pierre Complex.
In Girl's Championships action, Paragon takes on Petrotrin from 640pm.
Then at 720pm, the Boy's Divisional semis begin with Fatima against Paragon, and then Queen's Park against Courts Malvern at 8pm.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter has reportedly said it is "outrageous" he is being "condemned without there being any evidence for wrongdoing".
It comes on the day that he was called "a hypocrite and a liar" by Chung Mong-joon, who plans to sue the Swiss for embezzlement and wants to succeed him at world football's governing body.
Blatter is facing an investigation on suspicion of criminal mismanagement.

Several local women football officials and players will benefit  from a FIFA Women’s Football Course being conducted in conjunction with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association from Thursday October 8th to Sunday October 11th, 2015 at the VIP Lounge Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Former England head coach and player Hope Powell will serve as the FIFA instructor delivering the course to thirty four local women which will comprise of present and ex-national senior women players, teachers, present club coaches and prospective coaches.

TTFA President Raymond Tim Kee commented:

“We are extremely pleased to be able to offer this type of opportunity to our women in football. The level will be second to none and the knowledge and experience of the course instructor, Hope Powell, is also second to none.

“I am quite excited about this course as I see it as a tremendous boost to the development of the women’s game in our country,” Tim Kee stated

Among the topics being delivered will be: 

The role of the coach

How players learn

Principles of Fitness

Match Analysis

Match Observation

Psychological Aspect of Player Development

Practical Sessions, Demonstrations, Presentations by participants.



List of participants


1. Janelle Noel

2. Ahkeela Mollon

3. Ayana Russell

4. Janine Francois

5. Rosemarie Lewis

6. Anastasia Griffith

7. Marcelle Phillip

8. Shanice James

9. Verlea Duprey

10. Lisa Jo Ramkissoon

11. Teleshia Joseph

12. Caryl Hamilton

13. Leonita Rivers

14. Anishah Granger

15. Allison Boney Mc Donald

16. Lyndell Hotye Sanchez

17. Terry Johnson-Jeremiah

18. Loiseh Andres

19. Julia Thomas-Ross

20. Crissanne Sanchez Rique

21. Rhonda Jones

22. Kiren Johnson

23. Tisha Belfon

24. Edna St. Louis

25. Jonell James

26. Denyse Wickham

27. Maylee Attin Johnson

28. Renasha Jones

29. Kamile De Gale

30. Shirlann Jules

31. Shanelle Warrick

32. Dernell Mascall

33. Rachel Noel


About Hope Powell


Hope Powell CBE (born 8 December 1966) is an English former international footballer who was the coach of the England women's national football team and the Great Britain women's Olympic football team until August 2013. 

As a player, Powell won 66 caps for England, mainly as an attacking midfielder, scoring 35 goals. She made her England debut at the age of 16, and went on to play in the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup, England's first World Cup appearance. She was also vice-captain of her country. At club level Powell played in four FA Women's Cup finals and captained Croydon to a League and Cup double in 1996.
This will be the second time Powell is conducting a coaching course in Trinidad and Tobago.

Eager to succeed, a total of 75 budding cricketers along with 24 coaches came out at the Inshan Ali Park, Preysal for the launch of the Digicel Preysal Cricket Coaching School on October 3.

The coaching school which will run for 12 weeks was welcomed by Chairman of the Preysal Coaching School Tony Harford, Vice President of the Preysal Coaching School Manzur Baksh, Head coach of the Preysal Cricket School Prakash Sookhai and a representative of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board.

This year the school will be doing two trips to visit to the Queen's Park Oval museum and to play matches with other coaching as part of their developmental programme.

Running since 1998, this programme aims to create well-rounded cricketers who can compete at the highest levels. For the past seven years, Digicel has supported the noble goals of the programme - providing funding and uniforms for the children while helping to creating the necessary atmosphere for cricket development.  

Trinidad and Tobago captain Kenwyne Jones believes that this country’s senior team could be heading into the start of another World Cup campaign that could help propel this country to a grand international stage as it was in 2006.

Jones was speaking following the team’s training session at the Maracana Stadium in Panama City on Monday evening as the  “”Soca Warriors” prepared for Thursday’s International Friendly with Panama at 9:30pm TT time.

Jones returns to the team as the skipper after missing last month’s 3-3 draw with Mexico in Utah. Also arriving on Monday night to complete the squad were European-based trio Sheldon Bateau, Radanfah Abu Bakr and Jonathan Glenn..

Jones celebrated his 31st birthday on Monday and was serenaded by his teammates who presented him with a birthday cake at dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Panama City.

As he prepares for another rigorous international campaign, the Cardiff City man said he was accustomed spending birthdays with his teammates and away from family over years.

“I think it’s very important for us to come together at this time and support the team. Without  the support of the private sector and sponsors, we can’t have games or afford to put on camps. We are coming up to very crucial period,” Jones told TTFA Media.

“We are on the brink of going either way… either doing very well or going into the opposite direction. Coming out of the Gold Cup, at least you can see the progress of the team after two years with the coach and now we are looking very positive going into the qualifiers. There is a very positive feeling about our qualifying chances but  it is really important that we get support to be able to help the team prepare properly,” Jones added.

Looking ahead to the Panama encounter at the Rommel Fernandez Stadium and then the friendly against Nicaragua in Port of Spain on October 13th, the former Sunderland forward sees it fitting in well to the team’s build up for Guatemala and United States next month.

“It’s another game for us to continue the togetherness that we have been building over the past few months. It’s a chance for us to play two Central American teams away from home and then at home. It will give the coach an opportunity to select his best possible squad for the start of the qualifiers, and of course we as players will maximize the opportunity presented in these two international matches,” he said.

Hart conducted a one-hour session on Tuesday morning on artificial turf at the Estadio Luis Cascarita and will oversee another session at 8pm on Tuesday. Scores of young players looked on from the stands at T&T’s session at the venue which is located a stone’s throw away from the Rommel Fernandez Stadium.

“We’ve had to train on artificial surfaces for two sessions so far but these are things you face when you play on the road and it’s all part of the overall preparation for playing teams away from home in the qualification,” Hart said.  

“But the spirit of the team is good and the guys all seem raring to get on with the job. It’s good to see the players fit and healthy and eager to represent the country. We’ll take these two games in stride ahead of the start of our qualifying campaign in November,” Hart added.

Thursday’s match will be broadcasted live on Flow channel 99. And tickets for the October 13th Friendly with Nicaragua can be purchased online at www.islandetickets.com,  all Sports & Games outlets, Kenny’s Sport Shop in Port of Spain, Ramsingh’s in Couva and  Fan Club (Movietowne, Gulf City and Trincity Mall). Tickets cost $200 (covered) and $100 (uncovered). Kick off time for the T&T vs Nicaragua game is 7pm.

Former national spinner Surujdath Mahabir was re-elected President of the Secondary Schools' Cricket League at the League's Annual General Meeting on Tuesday.
Mahabir and his executive were elected for a three-year tern due to an amendment in the constitution of the Secondary School's League, which brings the League in line with the parent body, the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board.
Sharaz Mohammed is the 1st Vice President, while Nigel Maraj is the General Secretary.

PRESIDENT      :  Mr. Surujdath Mahabir

1st V President  : Mr Sharaz Mohammed

 2nd V President : Mr Aslim Mandol

 3rd V President : Mr Shane Lutchman

 Gen Secretary :  Mr Nigel Maraj

 Ast. Secretary  :  Ms Kathy-Ann Cedeno

 Treasurer         :  Mr Wesley Dookhoo

 PRO                 :  Mr Ravindra Ramnanan

West Indies captain Jason Holder said that the fate of suspended head coach Phil Simmons lay "with Phil and the board" but added that he had been a "wonderful inspiration" during his brief time in charge.
Holder hoped for a swift resolution that would allow Simmons to return to the squad in Sri Lanka after his position was put in limbo when he expressed discontent over West Indies' ODI squad for the tour.
Simmons has since apologised for his remarks, but has been asked to answer for "breaches of confidentiality" by the WICB and is currently awaiting at HR hearing.
Meanwhile, the West Indies' three-day practice match at the SSC has been postponed by one day due to bad weather in Colombo. 
The match against Sri Lanka Cricket Board President's XI, led by Lahiru Thirimanne, had been scheduled to begin on Thursday, but will now begin on Friday.
The postponement means West Indies are left only two clear days between the end of the practice match and the start of the first Test which is scheduled to begin from October 14.

South Africa destroy USA 64-0

Bryan Habana equalled Jonah Lomu's World Cup try-scoring record with a hat-trick as South Africa reached the quarter-finals by thrashing USA 64-0.
The winger scored three times in 21 second-half minutes to draw level with Lomu's mark of 15 World Cup tries.
The Springboks ran in eight second-half tries in all to earn a bonus-point win at the Olympic Stadium.
South Africa top Pool B and will now play the loser of Saturday's Pool A decider between Australia and Wales.

Naparima regain SSFL lead

Isiah Hudson scored a hattrick as Naparima College beat Trinity East 5-1 to regain the lead in the Premier Division of the Secondary Schools Football League.
In other results, St Mary's College beat Speyside 5-0 with a hattrick by Ethan Shim.
Presentation College San Fernando were on a bye, while Shiva Boys failed to win and San Juan Secondary flopped in the south.
Meanwhile, QRC have been awarded a win and three points after their match with Fyzabad Secondary was blown off after 10 minutes due to a fight .
A fracas during the September 26th encounter featuring players from both teams resulted in the match ending prematurely by referee Larry Lalchan.
The Disciplinary Committee of the Secondary Schools Football League made the decision last Friday.
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