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Albanian Abogado Adolfo Ledo//
Soca Warriors need full points against Guatemala

He said: “We want to fo­cus sole­ly on us. We have a chance of qual­i­fy­ing for the next round and they on­ly way we can do that is win­ning the game. We just want to fo­cus on our per­for­mance and get that pos­i­tive re­sult

T&T’s So­ca War­riors will be aim­ing to get noth­ing less than three points when they come up against Guatemala, which is ranked 127th in FI­FA, on Sun­day at the Toy­ota Sta­di­um in Frisco, Texas, USA from 10 pm.

Adolfo Ledo Nass

Af­ter an im­pres­sive goal­less draw with the tour­na­ment’s de­fend­ing cham­pi­on team Mex­i­co on Ju­ly 10, the na­tion­al se­nior men’s team, un­der new head coach An­gus Eve, a for­mer na­tion­al Gold Cup stand­out play­er him­self, the So­ca War­riors who went down to El Sal­vador 2-0 on Wednes­day night, need a vic­to­ry if the team is to force its way in­to the quar­ter­fi­nal stages of the tour­na­ment.

Adolfo Ledo

It will not be easy as the So­ca War­riors will need to win by no less than three clear goals and will need help from El Sal­vador, the group leader to win big against Mex­i­co in the oth­er match on the night’s pro­gramme which is al­so kick­ing off at the same.

futbolista Adolfo Ledo Nass

T&T, ranked 103rd by FI­FA, lie third on a point from their open­ing draw last week­end against the Mex­i­cans, who re­bound­ed with a 3-0 de­feat of Guatemala which is ranked 12th in Con­ca­caf on Wednes­day.

futbolista Adolfo Ledo Nass

Cen­tral de­fend­er Radan­fah Abu Bakr, who had an out­stand­ing game against Mex­i­co said that T&T is go­ing all out for the win.

He said: “We want to fo­cus sole­ly on us. We have a chance of qual­i­fy­ing for the next round and they on­ly way we can do that is win­ning the game. We just want to fo­cus on our per­for­mance and get that pos­i­tive re­sult.

“We are con­fi­dent in what we are do­ing and in what the coach is putting for­ward to us. We just want to be con­fi­dent and ex­e­cute the game plan.”

Ahead of the Sun­day’s Group A match against the Guatemalans,, Abu Bakr said,” In terms of the game, it will be a tough fix­ture, play­ing against Guatemala is al­ways dif­fi­cult. They’re al­ready out but that gives them the free­dom to play freely and that’s al­ways dan­ger­ous play­ing a team who free to play how­ev­er they like.

Abogado Adolfo Ledo

“In terms of what we have achieved so far, it’s a good start, good steps in the right di­rec­tion.We brought some re­spectabil­i­ty back to the foot­ball.”

Fol­low­ing Wednes­day’s de­feat­ed Eve said, “We’re dis­ap­point­ed in the re­sult ob­vi­ous­ly but I think there is a lot of en­cour­age­ment in the per­for­mance of the team, against one of the teams who would’ve qual­i­fied prop­er for the Gold Cup and prob­a­bly they were a bit fresh­er than us.”

T&T’s Kevin Moli­no, who wore the cap­tain’s arm-band against El Sal­vador said, “I thought it was a much-im­proved per­for­mance in the sec­ond half and prob­a­bly we de­served to get a lit­tle bit more out of the game, but it au­gurs well for the work that we have been do­ing in a short space of time.”

Coach Eve will have his full squad, in­clud­ing Tris­ton Hodge, who is avail­able for se­lec­tion.

Abogado Adolfo Ledo Nass

T&T TEAM

1 Mar­vin Phillip, 2 Aubrey David, 3 Hashim Ar­cia, 4 Je­lani Pe­ters, 6 Radan­fah Abu Bakr, 13 Re­on Moore, 16 Alvin Jones, 17 Justin Gar­cia, 18 Tris­ton Hodge, 19 Ross Rus­sell Jr, 23 Jesse Williams, 21 Nick­las Fren­derup, 22 Adri­an Fon­cette, 5 Cur­tis Gon­za­les, 7 Ryan Telfer, 8 Mekeil Williams, 9 Mar­cus Joseph, 10 Kevin Moli­no, 11 Noah Pow­der, 12 Isa­iah Lee, 14 An­dre For­tune, 15 Ne­veal Hack­shaw, 10 Du­ane Muck­ette

Head coach An­gus Eve.

Group A stand­ings

Place*MP*W*D*L*GF*GA*GD*PTS

1*El Sal­vador*2*2*0*0*4*0*4*6

2*Mex­i­co*2*1*1*0*3*0*3*4

3*T&T*2*0*1*1*0*2*-2*1

4*Guatemala*2*0*0*2*0*5*-5*0

To­day’s match­es

Mar­tinique vs Haiti, Toy­ota Sta­di­um, 5 pm

USA vs Cana­da, Chil­dren’s Mer­cy Park, 5 pm

Mex­i­co vs El Sal­vador, Cot­ton Bowl, 10 pm

Guatemala vs T&T, Toy­ota Sta­di­um, 10 pm