After a month’s training, new men’s national team head coach, Englishman Terry Fenwick, has cut his locally-based training squad into a 29-man ‘A Squad’ and a ‘B Squad’ comprised mainly of local players.
The ‘A Squad’ contains few surprises, with goalkeeper Adrian Foncette, Defence Force’s Curtis Gonzales, Hasim Arcia, Jelani Peters and Akeem Garcia among those already with senior team experience. Included are also several promising young players such as last year’s Pro League top scorer Shaqkeem Joseph, John Paul Rochford, Molik Khan, Judah Garcia, Justin Sadoo, Michel Poon-Angeron, Che Benny and Justin Araujo-Wilson.
Conspicuously missing are players from the star-studded La Horquetta Rangers team who have not been attending Fenwick’s sessions and instead are training with their club.
“I have cut the squad, but we have actually formed a B squad as well. The guys that were with us last week will join in with the B Squad. So we got that nice, youthful interaction with so many players across the board,” Fenwick said.
The Englishman has praised the commitment of the prospects during the past month.
“I have actually been delighted with the commitment of the players,” Fenwick said. “Army guys have been working all night, coming to training first thing in the morning when obviously tired, but they have been putting a great shift in.”
Fenwick explained that the down-time caused by the coronavirus might actually have helped the national programme, since it gave him access to players within the country. Fenwick said that Trinidad and Tobago is disadvantaged because the local Pro League is inactive.
“We have got teams around our region, Honduras, Panama, they are all plainly games at the moment, and we still haven’t got the Pro League off of the ground,” Fenwick lamented.
Behind the scenes, Fenwick said he is pushing through passport applications of foreign-born players with T&T ancestry, who have expressed a desire to play for the country and is also keeping an eye on local footballers who are playing in foreign leagues.
He was especially pleased with the performance of national midfielder Kevin Molino who scored an injury time winner for his Minnesota United team in a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City in the American MLS on Sunday night.
“Kevin Molino comes off the bench and scores the winning goal for his team, (that is) good stuff, “ Fenwick said.
Goalkeepers: Adrian Foncette, Aaron Enil, Christopher Biggette;
Defenders: Curtis Gonzales, Justin Garcia, Jesse Williams, Jameel Neptune, Isaiah Garcia, Brandon Semper, Jelani Peters, Kareem Riley;
Midfielders: Kevon Goddard, Justin Sadoo, Michel Poon-Angeron, Che Benny, Matthew Wooling, Jabari Mitchell, Hashim Arcia, John Paul Rochford, Molik Khan, Judah Garcia, Gary Griffith III, Micah Lansiquot;
Forwards: Justin Araujo-Wilson, Shaqkeem Joseph, Dwight Quintero, Nicholas Dillon, Akeem Roach, Jean-Heim Mc Fee.