Trinidad focused on Jamaica, Caribbean Cup final

Trinidad & Tobago (pictured) will be looking to win a record-extending eighth Caribbean Cup title, when it faces host Jamaica on November 18, 2014, in Montego Bay. 

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – With the aim of securing a place in next year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup already achieved, Trinidad & Tobago has set its sights on capturing the 2014 Caribbean Cup championship.

In order to do so, the Soca Warriors have to get past host Jamaica on Tuesday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

The Trinidadians have won a record eight regional titles, but none since 2001.

“We came here with two objectives, one was to qualify for the Gold Cup and then the second one was to get into the final and give ourselves an opportunity to win the Caribbean Cup,” said Trinidad head coach Stephen Hart.

It will be the third encounter between the long-time rivals in slightly more than a year.  Trinidad came out on top in both legs of a friendly series, winning 1-0 at the same venue on November 15, 2013, and then 2-0 in Port of Spain four days later.

This will be their fourth meeting in a Caribbean Cup final.  Jamaica was victorious in 1991 (2-0) and 1998 (2-1), while the Trinidad took home the silverware in 1992 (3-1).

“It’s a massive rivalry,” Trinidad captain Kenwyne Jones told TTFA Media.  “A rivalry which we grew up on and now we are quite ready to go into battle. This is a final that we want to win no doubt.

“Putting everything else aside, we’ve come this far and we want to finish the job.”

Hart is looking for an improved performance from the scoreless draw with Cuba that concluded Group A play on Saturday.  

“Mentally it did not seem that we were prepared for the (Cuba) game,” expressed the former Canada manager. “Once you drop your intensity, once you drop your concentration it is really hard to pick it back up.  It is the individual mistakes that are worrying.  When you should be clearing the ball, you’re trying to control it.  You’re letting the man get across you.  All these things we need to be better focused on.

“If we don’t do that, the final will be difficult for us.”

Trinidad (5-1-0) and Jamaica (2-1-0) are unbeaten in 2014 Caribbean Cup play.