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SPOKE FOR THE GROUP: Jamal Jack, former Central FC defender.

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association, led by FIFA’s normalisation committee, has worked with the Unicomer Group and the El Salvador Football Federation (FESFUT) to assist three Trinidad and Tobago internationals currently stranded in the Central American country due to travel restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The actions of the Robert Hadad-led committee were taken to ensure professional players Jomal Williams, Jamal Jack and Jomoul Francois are kept safe and healthy until they can make their way back to T&T.

Managing Director of Unicomer (Trinidad) Ltd Clive Fletcher liaised with Unicomer Group CEO Mario Siman to ensure that the players are now housed together and taken care of until T&T’s borders are re-opened.

The players, who have all represented Trinidad and Tobago at senior level, were playing in El Salvador’s Primera División for the 2019/20 season but were facing increasing pressure to meet their daily demands after government lockdowns and the cancellation of the remainder of the season.

Defender Jamal Jack offered his genuine appreciation to all those involved in making the provisions possible.

“Mr. Hadad, a heartfelt thanks to you and your team for reaching out to us. We really appreciate what you did for us,” stated Jack. “I am sincerely grateful for the assistance.”

Jack and Francois joined Salvadorian clubs Jocoro F.C. and Independiente F.C. San Vicente, respectively in January, 2020 while their compatriot Jomal Williams signed for A.D. Isidro Metapan in July, 2019. In March, 2020, the government of El Salvador declared a national quarantine in the fight against Covid-19 and imposed strict measures to reduce the spread of the virus, thus severely limiting the footballers’ movements and access to food and other supplies.

The Unicomer Group operates in 27 countries from its headquarters in El Salvador and operates retail brands of Unicomer Caribbean such as Courts, Courts Optical, Ashley Furniture HomeStore, RadioShack, Lucky Dollar and Servitech. It was through that association that they were able to quickly reach out to the concerned footballers.

The TTFA acknowledged the “tremendous assistance” offered by Meybely Lopez and the president of the El Salvador Football Federation, and the players’ clubs in making the arrangements possible. The TTFA also said it will continue to communicate with the players to ensure that they are as comfortable as possible until their return, expressing thanks to the Unicomer Group and the El Salvador Football Federation for their continued support.


KEVIN MOLINO is back in training and has made himself available for Trinidad and Tobago’s CONCACAF Gold Cup football qualifier against Montserrat in the United States on July 2.

Should T&T beat Montserrat, they will face the winners of a similar elimination match between Cuba and French Guiana for a spot in the group stage and an opening preliminary round match against regional giants Mexico.

With the pitch not expected to change drastically from the first Test, the West Indies have made a few adjustments both in their approach and personnel, which skipper Kraigg Brathwaite hopes will change their fortunes in the second match against South Africa bowling off today at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia.

Fans in the region will return to cricket for the first time since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, when 400 fully vaccinated spectators are allowed for each day of the second Test against South Africa starting at the Daren Sammy National Stadium today.

The move is part of a pilot project initiated by the St Lucia government, in collaboration with Cricket West Indies and the St Lucia Cricket Association, and marks a major milestone for the sport which has been played behind closed doors over the last year-and-a-half, in keeping with the bio-secure bubbles created for each series.

Fans attending, however, must be over 18 years-old and must have received the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on or before June 4. While admission will be free, persons will need to present valid proof of vaccination along with photo identification before receiving their ticket for entry.

The extension of curfew hours this weekend has forced the National Association of Athletics Administrations of Trinidad and Tobago (NAATT) to push back the first of two Olympic Games trial meets by one day.

Originally scheduled for Sunday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, the meet will now be staged on Monday at the same venue.

FIVE Terminix La Horquetta Rangers footballers have been made available to Trinidad and Tobago’s senior men’s national team.

Rangers boss Richard Ferguson yesterday confirmed such via a text message stating: “Players identified in the letter are allowed to attend training,” following a request from national team manager Adrian Romain to have the players available for the national team which participates in 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifiers from July 2.