Makesi Lewis, Jerwyn Balthazar and Nathaniel Garcia among T&T debutants
Friday 11 March 2016
Trinidad and Tobago Men’s Senior Team head coach Stephen Hart today announced his 22-man squad for the upcoming international friendly against Grenada at the National Stadium in St George’s from 7 pm on March 19.
The game comes as part of preparation for the 2018 CONCACAF Semi-Final Round World Cup qualifiers against St Vincent and Grenadines on March 25 in Kingstown and March 29 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.
The squad, mainly comprising home-based players, sees the return of W Connection midfielder Hughtun Hector who was sidelined due to injury for close to year before recently making his return.
Belgium-based midfielder Khaleem Hyland has been included in the squad which includes four players from Hart’s team that have been involved in the qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup so far. Those other players include goalkeeping duo Jan Michael Williams and Marvin Phillip and defender Daneil Cyrus. Some other names that have been in the national squad previous, who have been selected for this friendly include W Connection’s Shahdon Winchester, Alvin Jones and Jomal Williams, Central FC midfielder Sean De Silva, Marcus Joseph and Leston Paul.
There are also selections for Defence Force duo Jerwyn Balthazar, a member of the T&T Futsal team, and Curtis Gonzales, as well as newcomers Club Sando’s Akeem Humphrey, Jamali Garcia of Defence Force, defender Andre Ettienne, Kevon Villoreal, Nathaniel Garcia of Central FC and Police duo Elijah Belgrave and Makesi Lewis.
Hart told TTFA media, “I am looking for players who adapt quickly and can bring something different to the present squad. I am also looking to create a deeper playing pool, with an aim of establishing competition for places.
“This game will serve its purpose in that way and it provides that opportunity for players who have been knocking on the door. And of course we have a few of the regular squad players who will add that stability and experience to the team that will play in Grenada. This is also a good opportunity for us to get these players, several of them new to the stage of international football, in a training camp environment which allows us to see how the react to such conditions.”
The team will enter camp on Sunday with the first training session scheduled for Monday morning at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium. Sessions will take place both at the Manny Ramjohn and Ato Boldon Stadium prior to the team’s departure on March 18.
Tickets for the T&T versus St Vincent World Cup qualifier on March 29 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium are priced at $300 (covered section) and $150 (uncovered section) and are sold at Sports and Games outlets nationwide, Kenny’s Sports (nationwide), Sportway (Ellerslie Plaza and Gulf City), Ramsingh’s Sportworld in Couva and Heritage Sports (Scarborough Tobago). Tickets can also be purchased online via the TTFA’s official website – www.TTFootball.Org.
T&T Squad for Grenada
Jan Michael Williams /GK /Central FC
Marvin Phillip /GK/Morvant Caledonia
Alvin Jones /CD/DirecTV W Connection
Andre Ettienne /CD/Central FC
Sean De Silva/CMF/WR/Central FC
Jomal Williams/LMF/W Connection
Shahdon Winchester/ST/W Connection
Tristan Hodge /LB/W Connection
Jerwyn Balthazar/MF/Defence Force
Nathaniel Garcia/LMF/Central FC
Jamali Garcia/CD/Defence Force
Kevon Villaroeal/LB/Central FC
Daneil Cyrus/RB/W Connection
Makesi Lewis /ST//Police
Hughtun Hector/MF/W Connection
Akeem Humphrey/CMF/Club Sando
Jason Marcano/RMF/Central FC
Leston Paul/CMF/Central FC
Curtis Gonzales/RFB/Defence Force
Marcus Joseph/ST/Central FC
Khaleem Hyland/ MF /KVC Westerlo