Defender Daneil Cyrus (red jersey) was named to the Trinidad & Tobago squad for friendlies against host Nicaragua on December 27 and 30, 2017. (Photo: Victor Straffon/Straffon Images)
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago – Trinidad & Tobago will travel to Nicaragua on Christmas night with a 21-man squad for a pair of international friendlies against the host nation on December 27 and 30, it was announced Saturday.
The roster is a mix of youth and experience highlighted by 13 players competing in the TT Pro League, including DirecTV W Connection defender Daneil Cyrus, who appeared in each of the Savonetta Boys’ four games in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.
“I believe that locally we have a lot of good players and I am looking forward already to the future,” recently-named head coach Tom Saintfiet told TTFA Media. “After the league I think there could be a huge opportunity to train a lot with the local players to make a better understanding for the needs of international football, to improve here and there and to work longer together
“Locally there are a lot of players with the potential to go abroad and to defend their country and I hope they take this opportunity,”
T&T is using the friendlies as preparation for 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup playoff for fifth-place encounters at home against Suriname (January 4, 2017) and Haiti (January 8, 2017).
The last meeting between T&T and visiting Nicaragua ended scoreless in a friendly on October 13, 2015, at Hasely Crawford Stadium.
GOALKEEPERS: Adrian Foncette (Police FC), Glenroy Samuel (Ma Pau Stars)
DEFENDERS: Radanfah Abu Bakr (Sillamae Kallen/Estonia), Daneil Cyrus (DirecTV W Connection), Aubrey David (Saprissa/Costa Rica), Carlos Edwards (Ma Paul Stars), Maurice Forde (DirecTV W Connection), Carlyle Mitchell (Seoul E-Land/Korea Republic)
MIDFIELDERS: Aikim Andrews (W Connection), Hashim Arcia (Defence Force), Tyrone Charles (San Juan Jabloteh), Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force), Kevan George (Jacksonville Armada/USA), Hughtun Hector (DirecTV W Connection), Alvin Jones (DirecTV W Connection), Nathan Lewis (San Juan Jabloteh), Akeem Roach (Club Sando), Jomal Williams (Murcielagos FC/Mexico)
FORWARDS: Trevin Caesar (Orange County Blues/USA), Cornell Glen (Ozone FC Bengalaru/India), Shahdon Winchester (Murcielagos FC/Mexico)