Published: 1 Nov 2010
Kendall Jagdeosingh and Keon Daniel have joined the Trinidad and Tobago camp ahead of the upcoming Digicel Caribbean Cup group phase, fresh from enjoying the success of winning the United States Division Two Pro League title on Saturday with Puerto Rico Islanders. Jagdeosingh played 72 minutes, while Daniel looked on from the bench in the 1-1 draw with Carolina Railhawks but the Islanders won on aggregate having come away 2-0 winners in the first leg a week ago. Daniel had an impressive showing when he entered the match in the second half of T&T’s recent 1-0 loss to Jamaica in Kingston and both players are expected to add some firepower to Russell Latapy’s team for their upcoming matches which begin against St Vincent and the Grenadines at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium from 7.30pm on Tuesday.
Guyana will face off with Haiti from 5 pm in the opening match.
T&T will face Guyana on Thursday and Haiti on Saturday at the Marabella venue, with the top two teams advancing to the 2010 Digicel Caribbean Cup Finals in Martinique in December. On Saturday T&T, led by a first half hat-trick from Devon Jorsling, outplayed Pro League outfit North East Stars 3-0 in a closed door training match at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium. The Defence Force forward, who is expected to be one of the key marksmen for the hosts, said he is not worried by the team’s inability to come into the tournament on a string of winning performances. “I’m not worried by the team coming into this tournament without a huge amount of victories.
“We have been working towards improving for the Digicel Cup and our main goal now is to secure the victories next week to take us forward into the Finals,” said Jorsling. “I believe we have what it takes to produce the results and of course we want our performances to be of a high standard. We know teams like Haiti and Guyana will be anxious to come at us and of course St Vincent is our first opponent so we have to be mindful of them.
“But we will let the football do all the talking on game day,” the Defence Force marksman ended.
Head coach Russell Latapy will hold a final session on this evening before leading his troops into gameday action. He was expected to name his final 20-man squad last evening. The overseas-based pros already here include DC United defender Julius James, La Galaxy defender Yohance Marshall and the Islanders duo of Jagdeosingh and Daniel. Meanwhile Guyana had re-called up veteran defender and North East Stars player Charles Pollard for the upcoming games. Guyana has also called up Islanders player Chris Nurse who is among eight overseas-based players in their squad which checked into the Crowne Plaza Hotel yesterday.