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T&T vs Japan (09-Aug-2006).
Wed Aug 9, 2006 11:26
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Brazilian double defeats new-look T&T.
By: Shaun Fuentes.


A new-look Trinidad and Tobago senior team was not disgraced as it went down 2-0, conceding both goals in the first half to Japan before 50,000 odd fans at the Tokyo National Stadium on Wednesday evening.
With T&T having debutants Clyde Leon and Stephan David in its starting line up along with several other fresh faces, they fell behind to two early goals to Brazilian-born striker Alessandro “Alex.
A free kick was perfectly directed into the right corner past an outstretched Jan Michael Williams from atop the box and then the same player met a pass from Yuichi Komano and neatly lobbed an advancing Williams for goal number two.
With the likes of striker Anthony Wolfe, midfielder Evans Wise and defenders Atiba Charles, Cyd Gray and Avery John carrying the World Cup experience, the “Soca Warriors” had to work hard to match the quick running Japanese but they picked their game up and came away with an improved second half performance which could have easily seen them nick a couple goals.
The home fans were voiceferous throughout the encounter with only a small group of 60 odd Japanese fans choosing to wear the T&T colours and beat some steel pan. The evening’s proceedings was always going to be a worthwhile experience to the T&T players.
Williams had some early work to do as the home side came at the T&T defense and it was not until the 29th minute that Gray had T&T’s first real attempt at goal –a one time volley which ended on the upper end of the net.
Glasgow then began to find his footing with some decent runs and Wolfe had a feeble effort on goal as both teams went into the half with T&T enjoying the better of the closing five minutes.
Two minutes into the second half, Wolfe tried to meet a left side cross but handled through the goalie Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi.
The small T&T contingent’s chants of “Warriors...Warriors” could be heard behind the southern goal and they thought there was something to cheer when Gray’s inswinging free kick was claimed by the goalie before Keyeno Thomas could connect. A minute later, following a good stop by Williams, T&T broke but Wolfe’s effort was deflected through to Kawaguchi. At that stage, it was evident that the game was being played at a quicker pace and T&T didn’t disappoint as they stuck in there with their tackles and tracking and began enjoying better possession than the first half. A drizzle also dampened the surface a bit and eased some of the easier humidity and with that, the T&T outfit began to enjoy the better run.
Kerry Baptiste replaced David in the 71st minute and played one inside the Glasgow who in turn found Wise out on the left top of the box but his left footed effort flew inches over the cross bar as the closing 20 minutes approached.
Glasgow also managed some trickery on the edge of the box, beating two defenders but his service couldn’t be bettered by substitute Kendall Jagdeosingh nor Wise. Later on Thomas had to be replaced by Ian Gray, going off with a dislocated elbow.
The final whistle came, bringing an end to Rijsbergen’s first game in charge and certainly leaving him with some food for thought ahead of his future outings. Jagdeosingh (20 years), Pacheco (21), David (27), Williams (21), and Leon (22) were among the new faces taking the pitch on the evening.

Line-Up.

Trinidad & Tobago


Jan Michael Williams, Atiba Charles, Keyeno Thomas (Ian Gray 79th), Avery John, Clyde Leon, Cyd Gray (capt), Stephan David (Kerry Baptiste 71st), Evans Wise, Trent Noel, Anthony Wolfe (Kendall Jagdeosingh 76th), Gary Glasgow (Andre Pacheco 90th).

Japan

Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi, Keisuke Tsuboi (Kurihara 60th), Tulio Tanaka, Alessandro "Alex" Santos, Yuichi Komano, Tatsuya Tanaka, Keita Suzuki, Koji Yamase (Daigo Kobayashi 55th), Hayuma Tanaka, Makoto Hasebe (Naoshi Nakamura 73rd), (Daisuke Sakata 85th), Kazuki Ganaha (Hisato Sato).
More matches will aid the development – Rijsbergen.
By: Shaun Fuentes.


National team head coach Wim Rijsbergen may have identified a few new faces that he can develop for future first team selections as this country looks ahead to upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup and 2010 World Cup challenges as this country came off a 2-0 defeat to Japan in Tokyo on Wednesday.
Rijsbergen, in his first game at the helm, saw a T&T outfit, minus more than half of his regular players who featured in the 2006 World Cup, hold its own for an entire second half despite having conceded two early goals. And the Dutchman has already signaled his intentions to continue working with the home-based pros.
Speaking after the defeat, he admitted that there was much work to be done to bring the team up to competitive standard at the world level but felt there were some positive signs.
“You saw that they played a better second half than the first and obviously that is something positive that we can build on. We came here with several players from the Pro League and we knew it would be difficult because the Japanese League is older and is played at a higher level than the T&T competition. But we have some good players and we will now try to work with them,” Rijsbergen told TTFF Media.
“I want to congratulate Mr Osim and his team because it was a good result for them. For our players, it was a very good opportunity to see football on an international level. We had a better second half and we tried to play football and they will bring them back to their local clubs.
When asked what were his instructions at the break, he replied “It took a long while for our guys to adjust to the good midfield movement of the Japan team. The speed of these guys and movement in between players is a little bit higher than ours. I told them that if they couldn’t keep up with the pace at least they had to communicate more and work harder and that paid off for us to some extent in the second half. Now we will hope to practice that a bit more in our game.
“If we continue to play against these kind of teams it will be a big help for us and that’s the reality of the game,” Rijsbergen added. The team, with Evans Wise returning to Germany and Avery John back to America, will arrive home in two groups on Thursday and Friday and will now look ahead to the next international friendly against Mexico in Port of Spain on September 2 which falls on a FIFA date and will mean that some of this country’s World Cup players will be available for selection. The focus switches next week to the T&T Under 16s who will contest the CFU Under 16 Youth Cup which is the first leg of qualification for Korea FIFA Under 17 World Championship 2007.

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