T&T optimistic ahead of Martinique assignment

Action from the Caribbean Cup match between host Trinidad & Tobago and the Dominican Republic (white jersey) on October 5, 2016, in Couva. (Photo: CA-I)

FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique -- Trinidad & Tobago midfielder Kevin Molino is optimistic about his team’s chances of beating host Martinique on Tuesday and earning a place in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup semifinals, as well as securing a third straight CONCACAF Gold Cup berth. 

The Soca Warriors – winners of a record eight Caribbean Cup crowns, but none since 2001 – have set their sights on achieving the dual objectives. 

“We are confident as a team in our ability to get the job done,” said Molino, who scored three goals in T&T’s 4-0 win over the visiting Dominican Republic on October 5. “But I have played against Martinique on a couple occasions in the Caribbean Cup in the past, and so too have a lot of the boys, and I expect they will be up for the game in a big way. 

“They have won their first game (2-1 home win v Dominican Republic) also and will be thinking that they have everything in their favor to advance to the Gold Cup, but we believe we can come away with the victory.” 

The Group 4 rivals enter the decisive third-round encounter with 1W-0D-0L records. Only the winner is guaranteed all the spoils. 

“It is truly a long time since we were the champions of the Caribbean,” Molino finished. “Jamaica is catching up to us, so we need to make 2017 be our year. But one step at a time. Once we can get past Martinique, we can start thinking about Caribbean Cup glory.” 

The last Caribbean Cup meeting between the sides came in the 2012 semifinals, when T&T prevailed on penalty kicks, 5-4, after a 1-1 draw in St. John’s Antigua & Barbuda.