Trinidad and Tobago’s senior men’s team is expected to arrive in Guatemala City just around 3pm today Wednesday ahead of their opening CONCACAF semi-final stage World Cup qualification match against Guatemala.
The match to be played at the Estadio Mateo Flores on Friday from 7:06pm Guatemala time or 9:06 pm TT Time its 54th ranked Trinidad and Tobago against 91st ranked Guatemala.
TT return home afterwards to play the United States on Tuesday evening at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in the second qualifying game for both in a four-team Group that also includes St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The TT Guatemala-bound 22-player squad led by Kenwyne Jones had their final work out at the Sawgrass Grand in Fort Lauderdale yesterday Tuesday with coach Stephen Hart and his staff orchestrating the two sessions.
Except for a light shower on Sunday morning, the squad trained under sweltering heat.
Hart summed up the training camp activities yesterday, saying he was pleased with the way things have gone.
The coach was specifically asked about defensive duo Justin Hoyte and Carlyle Mitchell who were returning to the team.
Hart also gave some insight as to his team’s approach to the match against Guatemala.
Also looking ahead to the clash on Friday with a huge amount of interest is Guatemalan-based defender Mekeil Williams. The former W Connection player has three club teammates who are on the Guatemala national team in defender Jose Pinto, 33-year-old midfielder Fredy Thompson and reserve goalkeeper Victor Ayala.
“I can tell you that everyone back in Guatemala and at the club is talking about the game. We have to be mentally strong and well prepared for it,” Williams said.
“There are three players in my club who are on the Guatemala team and they have been telling me a lot of about the game. The coaches are all taking about it. They have the home advantage so it’s obviously not going to be easy for us.
“I know they will try their best to make it as hard as possible for us but I have a lot of confidence in our squad and I think once we settle down and we remain focus then we can leave there with a result in our favour,” he added.