Action from the international friendly between host Trinidad & Tobago and Nicaragua on October 13, 2015, in Port of Spain. (Photo: Allan V. Crane)
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago – In a final friendly prior to the start of its qualifying campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Trinidad & Tobago played visiting Nicaragua to a 0-0 draw on Tuesday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
The Soca Warriors, a 2-1 winner at Panama on Friday, extended their unbeaten streak to seven consecutive games. Nicaragua avoided defeat for the eighth time in nine outings this year.
In a match that produced few opportunities, T&T’s best came just three minutes after the opening whistle, when goalkeeper Justo Lorente thwarted Aubrey David off a left-sided cross by Keron Cummings.
Trinidad suffered a blow in the 73rd minute as captain and forward Kenwyne Jones left the game with an apparent leg injury after colliding with Lorente. The Cardiff City forward’s status was not immediately known.
Radanfah Abu Bakr netted the game-winner against the Panamanians and looked to have done so again, only for his goal with two minutes remaining in normal time to be disallowed due to an infraction by teammate Sheldon Bateau.
T&T will return to action on November 13 with a World Cup qualifier at Guatemala.