Wednesday Nov 27, 2013
Trinidad's Winchester is one to watch
Trinidad & Tobago international Rundell Winchester showed great potential in recent friendlies against Jamaica. (Photo: Allan V. Crane)
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago -- It is said there is no such thing as a friendly in international soccer, but back-to-back games against Jamaica in a span of five days wasn’t just about results for Trinidad & Tobago head coach Stephen Hart.
With an eye toward the national team’s future, it was an opportunity to showcase some of the Soca Warriors young talent.
Among them was Rundell Winchester.
The 19-year-old, who earned his first cap in a scoreless draw against New Zealand on October 15, acquitted himself well in the pair of victories – 1-0 in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on November 15, and 2-0 in Port of Spain four days later.
The standout with Central FC of the T&T Pro League drew a penalty in the 2-0 victory at home after earning his first start in Jamaica.
“Rundell was kind of thrown into the deep end. The young man has some qualities. He has to learn how to bring those qualities to the team, but it is a big learning curve for him,” Hart said after the second victory. “Some things went wrong for him, but he never hid. He wanted the ball, he took people on, he got the penalty and for me that is the making of a player for the future. You’ve got to remember, he’s 19 years old. We have to give him time and he is going to make mistakes, but that’s fantastic. “
Winchester said he was as pleased to represent his country in international competition, as it was to play alongside some of the team’s veterans.
“It was a great experience being able to wear the national colors again and to play for my country,” Winchester told TTFA Media. “It was a great experience being around Kenwyne Jones, Daniel Cyrus and I know a lot of the oversees players. It’s been a great experience and I’m going to continue to work hard and staying on the national team.”
The striker, who admitted to being nervous competing in front of a home crowd at the start of the game, said he also relished the chance to play for Hart.
“He’s a good coach,” he said. “He knows the ways to reach me and always carries through the steps.”