Trinidad & Tobago head coach Stephen Hart (right) gives instruction to Daneil Cyrus during a 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup game against Cuba. (Photo: Mexsport)
PANAMA CITY, Panama -- Trinidad & Tobago trained Monday with nearly a full complement of players in advance of its international friendly on October 8 against host Panama.
The Soca Warriors traveled to the Central American nation on Sunday with the Europe-based quartet of Sheldon Bateau, Aubrey David, Jonathan Glenn and Radanfah Abu Bakr expected to arrive Monday evening.
Defender Gavin Hoyte, who plays in England’s League Two with Barnet FC and missed last month’s 3-3 draw with Mexico, is happy to link up with the squad once again.
“I’m quite excited to be back in the team,” said Hoyte, a former England youth international. “It’s been more than a year now since I’ve played for Trinidad & Tobago. I’ve been following the team along and they have been doing brilliant. I think it’s good to be back at this time and hopefully I can get back into the mix.”
With Trinidad slated to open its qualifying campaign for Russia 2018 on November 13 at Guatemala, the encounter against Panama takes on added meaning.
“There are a couple new faces coming into the squad and it’s good for us to get that unity and chemistry going again,” said defender Yohance Marshall. “We know the kind of opposition Panama is and they will present us with a good test. The mentality of our preparation and hopefully the results will build the confidence of the team heading into the two qualifiers in November.”
The Trinidadians will also host Nicaragua on October 13.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO ROSTER
(International friendlies: October 8, 2015, away v Panama; October 13, 2015, home v Nicaragua)
GOALKEEPERS: Marvin Phillip (Morvant Caledonia United), Jan-Michael Williams (Central FC)
DEFENDERS: Radanfah Abu Bakr (Koge/Denmark), Aikim Andrews (DirecTV W Connection), Sheldon Bateau (FC Krylia Sovetov), Daneil Cyrus (Chicago Fire/USA), Aubrey David (Shaktar Karagandy/Kazakhstan), Gavin Hoyte (Barnet FC/England), Yohance Marshall (Murcielagos/Mexico), Mekeil Williams (Antigua GFC/Guatemala)
MIDFIELDERS: Andre Boucaud (Dagenham & Redbridge/England), Keron Cummings (North East Stars), Kevan George (Columbus Crew/USA), Neveal Hackshaw (North East Stars), Khaleem Hyland (Westerlo/Belgium), Joevin Jones (Chicago Fire/USA), Willis Plaza (Central FC)
FORWARDS: Trevin Caesar (Austin Aztex/USA), Jonathan Glenn (Breioablik/Iceland), Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City/Wales)