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TnT Team News ! - 07-Jun-2003
Sat Jun 7, 2003 15:32

Silvio Spann’s strike gives T&T 1-0 win over Sowato club.
By: Shaun Fuentes in Johannesburg.

A 43rd minute goal by Vibe CT 105 W Connection midfielder Silvio Spann gave Trinidad and Tobago’s senior footballers a 1-0 victory over Sowato Pathers in a closed-doors training game at the FNB Stadium in Sowato on Saturday morning.
Spann’s goal came after T&T squandered at least eight clear cut scoring opportunities in the first half at the venue which is home for the South African national team and is rated as one of their leading stadiums in the bid to host the 2010 World Cup.
Coach Stuart Charles Fevrier expressed concern with the inability to put away more chances but was pleased with the progress made in other areas of T&T’s play.
Later on, T&T’s bus attracted much attention from curious on lookers as it drove through Sowato, visiting the present homes of Winnie Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and the former home of Nelson Mandela. The T&T contingent also visited the Apartheid Museum in Sowato which gave an unbiased and historically accurate account of modern 20th century South Africa. The museum also gave the “Soca Warriors” a recount of the political upheavals beginning in the last century and moving on to the transition from a racist state into Africa’s beacon of hope as the century turned again.
T&T were then guest of the South African Football Association at the home-side’s 2004 Olympic qualifier against Kenya which ended 2-0 in favour of the hosts in Sowato. There too, skipper Reynold Carrington and company attracted attention in their red, white and black attire.
On the field of play earlier in the day, the Panthers had the first look on goal on eight minutes when striker Surprise Mopati forced goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams in action. But once the opening ten minutes elapsed, it was all one way traffic for T&T.
Silvio Spann was the guilty one on goal before eventually making up for his missed just before the break.
T&T used the long widths of the field well with Carlos Edwards doing most of the running on the right flank and finishing with some pinpoint crosses. On 15 minutes he laid one back for Hector Sam on top the box but his effort was stopped by ‘keeper Zenga Sekhula before Spann’s follow up was pushed out for a corner.
Three minutes later, Nigel Pierre exchanged passes with Edwards before the latter blasted wide from close range. Spann then had back to back misses as the game approached the half hour mark. First he intercepted a pass in the Panthers defence but rushed his effort and shot over bar with the goal at his mercy. Then he had T&T’s best try up to that time when his right footed free kick from atop the box was pushed around the post by the ‘keeper.
A minute later it was Edwards’ turn to miss the target when he ran onto Pierre’s pass following an initial Brent Sancho through ball, but could only side foot wide of the mark.
T&T’s went closest to breaking the deadlock when Sancho met a loose ball after Edwards’ free kick was cleared, and Spann made the final collection before seeing his right footed drive crash off the upright.
The goal T&T had long been searching for finally came when Spann played Edwards free on the right and he crossed to Pierre who passed for an unmarked Spann to clinically shoot low into the left corner of the goal.
All the while, Sancho, Keyeno Thomas and skipper Reynold Carrington were holding steady at the back. Sam meantime, had one final miss in the half when his effort with ‘keeper alone to beat was blocked.
Sam continued T&T’s pace into the second half as he connected with Edwards’ cross, only to see his header saved by Sekhula diving full length to his right.
Fevrier made a few changes as the half went along and T&T dropped gears and the Panthers were allowed to see more of Williams’ goal.
The St Anthony’s College custodian had to save Lazarus Motsoapong’s header in the 49th minute and then kept out a point blank effort from Mopati in the 66th. His finest save of the match came in the 75th minute when he made a one hand save to keep out Mopati’s close range header following a right side cross.
Nigel Daniel and Jemmott had two further tries at goal but it stayed at 1-0 in favour of the “Soca Warriors.”
Fevrier made it no secret that he felt T&T still was not consistent in their play as the team prepares for Tuesday’s friendly international against Botswana’s senior team followed by a clash with South Africa on June 14 in Port Elizabeth.
“We had our final session here before the Botswana game and as far as I am concerned, I was quite pleased with aspects of our play but we are still not yet consistent enough for ninety minutes. We played a brilliant 45 minutes and after I made the changes I found that the quality of our game dropped. I’ll more like to believe that our consistency at the moment is lacking more than there maybe being a gap between our starters and those coming off the bench. I think all the players are quality players so now I have to work on getting us to play consistently for the full game,” Fevrier told TTFF Media following the win.
“I was pleased to see progress in our team play and our tactical approach to the game. I have to help them to concentrate for a longer period and this can only be done by speaking to the players and working more on their attitude. We also need to work on this in our training sessions. Even though we are not quite yet where I want us to be, I think that with one more session on Monday, we will be fully ready for Botswana,” he added. T&T leaves for Botswana by bus on Sunday morning.

T&T Line Up:
Jan-Michael Williams, Brent Sancho, Reynold Carrington, Keyeno Thomas (Avery John 46th), Dale Saunders (Anton Pierre 68th), Travis Mulraine (Conrad Smith 72nd), Hector Sam (Collin Samuel, 56th), Nigel Pierre (Jason Scotland, 74th) Nigel Daniel, Silvio Spann (Kerwyn Jemmott 46th), Carlos Edwards.
News from the 5th of June, 2003.
Coach Fevrier: Talent alone won’t get T&T there.
By: Shaun Fuentes in Johannesburg.

As Trinidad and Tobago’s senior footballers completed their second day of stay in Johannesburg, head coach Stuart Charles Fevrier emphasized to his players that talent alone will not help the country rise in the footballing world. Fevrier had a stern talk to skipper Reynold Carrington and teammates following their session at the University of the Witwatersrand ground when he stressed the need for T&T’s players to set higher standards for themselves.
“We need to be more serious and focused to get things right. I did not accept this job if I felt I was not competent for it. If you are doubting us, don’t be afraid to come and talk to us and we will reason with you and if what you are telling me is the right thing, then I will do it your way. That’s the kind of person I am, if I see you make sense, I will do as you say but I want us to be serious about what we are doing. If we have training and I realize we are not getting the drills right, I feel as though the session was a failure. The training session prepares you for the game so the more successful the session is, the better you perform in the game and the more your confidence will build,” Fevier told his players.
The St Lucian-born coach added that while he is pleased with the commitment shown by the players so far on the tour of Africa, as the build up to the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign intensifies, he has no intentions of allowing complacency to affect the country’s performances.
“Our talent alone is not enough at this level. We need the talent and we need to be tactically sound. It’s human beings we are playing against, so if they can learn the football the right way, then we can do the same. We just need the right mentality and attitude. Don’t feel just skill and knowledge will get us there. There will be games when you have to battle hard. We have to love our work and work hard to be the best that we can be. We are here to work and achieve success and we are here to do this with you or without some of you. I accepted this responsibility and I intend to give it my best shot,” added Fevrier.
Fevrier told TTFF Media that he will continue to call on his players to put more effort into their training.
“Act like a professional and I will treat you like one or act like an amateur and I will treat you as one, in fact, I will get rid of you. I already said that one day for sure I know I will have to go, is either I resign or they fire me. It’s my life and I have prepared myself for that but you when I am working, I am a serious person. I want all professionals. We are playing serious football. We must always be satisfied that we are putting in good work. We have to work hard and enjoy ourselves too. I want more quality and to bring this out we have to be more serious and focus more. We are setting our standards to low. We have to improve. You will only get out what you put in, you don’t get more or less,” he said.
The team will have the morning off at the Sandton Sun and Towers Intercontinental Hotel, which also accommodated the West Indies team during the last World Cup.
The team leaves on Sunday by bus for Botswana where it faces that country’s senior team on June 10. T&T’s game against South Africa originally carded for June 15 has now been brought forward to June 14.

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