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Stuart Fevrier calls 22 for Olympic training.
By: Shaun Fuentes.

Coach Stuart Charles Fevrier will commence training with the National Under 23 team for 2004 Olympic qualifying series beginning in September.
Fevrier, back from South Africa on Tuesday, has selected a squad of 22 players to train at the Ato Boldon Stadium from 9:00am on Thursday. It is expected that these players will feature in a friendly against the Martinique senior team here on June 25.
The squad includes several prominent local-based professionals with seven of them having had senior international experience. Topping that list is Vibe CT 105 W Connection midfielder Silvio Spann, San Juan Jabloteh midfielders Nigel Daniel, Josh Johnson and Kerry Baptiste, Caledonia AIA’s Conrad Smith, Jabloteh striker Devon Mitchell and Joe Public striker Andre Toussaint.
Fevrier will have working alongside him the likes of assistant coaches Jamal Shabaaz, Brian Williams and Ross Russell.
The St Lucian-born coach said he would be looking to capitalize on the fact that several of the players in the squad have senior experience under their belts.
“Most of the local senior players are also eligible to play for the Under 23 team so we will not have a problem where their training concerns. It is to our advantage that these players already have that exposure and have been playing. We intend to capitalize on that and allow the other players on the squad to mesh with the programme,” Fevrier told TTFF Media.
Scottish-based striker Colin Samuel, now 21, will also be eligible to be part of the qualifying series and Fevrier intends to request his services.
“Every player that is playing professionally and at a high level will be considered once they are interested. We are a small country in terms of world football and we don’t have much players to select from and it is important that we give every player a look to ensure we get the best possible team,” said Fevrier.
T&T opens their qualifying campaign in a two leg playoff against Bahamas in September. The winner there will then meet the winner of the Grenada versus Cayman Islands tie. From there, the successful team will advance to one of the groups in the final CONCACAF stage to be played in February, 2004.
The CONCACAF men’s 2004 qualifying competition consist of 25 teams, aiming for two Olympic berths to Athens, Greece, all of whom will play in head-to-head ties until there are seven remaining. They will then be joined by Mexico, who, as host for the final round of qualification 2-12 February 2004, received a bye.


Jan-Michael Williams (W Connection), Marvin Phillip (Jabloteh), Kevin Graham (Joe Public).

Jace Peters, Lyndon Diaz (SWIF), Serginho Sandy (Caledonia AIA), Ronald Primus (Jabloteh), Julius James (Joe Public), Kenwyne Jones (W Connection).

Silvio Spann, Andre Pacheco (W Connection), Conrad Smith, Ryan Stewart (Caledonia AIA), Kevon Clement (SWIF), Denzil Theobald (Joe Public), Nigel Daniel, Josh Johnson, Kerry Baptiste (Jabloteh), Corey Rivers (Defence Force).

Kendell Davis (W Connection), Andre Toussaint (Joe Public), Bevon Lewis (SWIF), Devon Mitchell (Jabloteh).
T&T coach opens door to Pro-Leaguers.
By Nigel Simon.

Fresh from a four-game 22-day tour of Africa, newly appointed Senior team coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier says that all the local players in the Pro-League will be looked at with regards to national team selection.
But the St Lucian-born coach noted that for them to gain selection on the national team, the players must show form in the Pro-League as no one can expect to be selected from past performances with various teams.
“You have to prove yourself locally before you can do it at the international level,” said Charles-Fevrier.
He added, “One of the mistakes of past national team selections, is that the same players were in the team over and over, while we continued to fail.”
“Few changes were made as the players in the League were not given much chances, and the coaches turned a blind eye on some players.”
“But I intend to do things differently, and have open the door to the other guys.”
Asked to give a reason why T&T had failed so much in the past, the ex-VIBE CT 105 W Connection coach stated, “there could be a few reasons, fitness, lack of professionalism, or maybe we were just not good enough.
“When you look at the international players, they are strong, not just in physical presence, but in mind, very fit and firm.
“Looking at our present team, a player that quickly comes to mind is Carlos Edwards, he has that kind of physical presence,” ended Charles-Fevrier.
The national coach also stated, that the Olympic team begins training today in readiness for a match against Martinique on Tuesday, while the Senior players will resume training after the game for the match against Venezuela on July 3.
Charles-Fevrier also hinted that some additions will be made to the national team for the Venezuela match with CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh striker Cornell Glenn expected to be included in the final team.
He said: “Glenn was part of the team for the tour of Africa, but unfortunately he picked up an injury which caused him to miss the trip.”
On its tour of Africa, the T&T led by W Connection midfielder Reynold Carrington defeated Kenya Olympic squad 2-0; played to draws with Kenya (1-1) and Botswana (0-0) while it suffered a 2-1 defeat to South Africa in its final match last Saturday.
Jason Marcano up to 8 goals for W Connection.
TnT Guardian Reports.

Jason Marcano notched a double for leaders Vibe CT 105 W Connection to help his side to a 3-1 win over South West Institute of Football (SWIF) in the Under-20 Division of the Trinidad and Tobago Professional Football League on Sunday on the Palo Seco recreation ground, Palo Seco.
The two goals by Marcano carried his tally from six to eight appearances, which makes him the leading individual scorer in the Division.
Jabloteh and Strikers kept abreast of W Connection with 2-0 and 3-1 wins over Arima Fire and Defence Force respectively.
In the lower Divisions, with W Connection not in action as a result of a postponement of its match against cellar-placed North East Stars, closest rivals Jabloteh closed the gap in the Under-15 Division, beating SWIF 3-2, while Joe Public kept its chances alive in the Under-17 Division with a convincing 4-0 win over Arima Fire.
Michael Brown spearheaded the Jabloteh win over SWIF with a double and skipper Kwesi Thomas did the same for Joe Public against Arima Fire.
SWIF climbed to third place behind W Connection and Joe Public in the Under-17 Division, via a 2-0 win over Jabloteh. Goalscorers were Brent Sydney (30th) and Clinton Lewis (64th).

U-17 Division.

Jabloteh 0 vs SWIF 2 (Brent Sydney 30th), Clinton Lewis 64th).

Starworld Strikers 1 (Ancil Bobb) vs Defence Force 2 (Terry Victor, Lindon Smith).

Arima Fire 0 vs Joe Public 4 (Kwesi Thomas 2, Kern Gardiner, Akil de Freitas).

U-15 Division.

Jabloteh 3 (Michael Brown 2) vs SWIF 2 (Bevon Bass 2).

Starworld Strikers 1 vs Defence Force 1 (Keston George).

Arima Fire 2 (Hakim Phillip 2) vs Joe Public 2 (Jamar Small, Stephen Ortega).
News from the 16th of June, 2003.
San Juan Jabloteh keep the lead.
By Mark Pouchet.

Pro League leaders CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh (16) maintained their lead atop the standings after a 2-1 victory yesterday over opponents Arima Fire at Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar.
The win came in handy as second-placed Vibe CT W Connection (14) kept on the pressure with a hard-fought 3-2 win over South West Institute of Football at Palo Seco Recreation Ground.
In fact, Jabloteh’s eventual triumph turned out to be harder than initially thought after the Bourg Mulatresse side saw their early domination nearly neutralised by a strong-finishing Fire team.
Things were going according to the odds book in the first period when Jabloteh, with their high-set defence and pressure-on-the-ball approach, disoriented captain Uz Taylor’s Arima side to such an extent that opposing keeper and skipper Kelvin Jack was rendered a mere spectator for most of that half.
Seemingly clueless on how to counter-attack the tactics of coach Ricky Hill’s side, Fire only saw the ball out of their half of the field when keeper Perry Martin benefited from a goal kick when the defence were clearing helter-skelter or when Ansil Elcock failed to collect from fellow defender Ian Gray.
Other than on those occasions, Jabloteh, after a not-so-neat opening ten minutes, took siege of their counterparts from the East with their passing game in the midfield, engineered by the crafty Otis Seaton.
The industrious Kerry Noray should have opened Jabloteh’s account after 27 minutes when a disorganised Fire defence mistimed their offside move, allowing the diminutive striker to beat the advancing Martin before he hit not as powerfully as he would have liked towards goal. Only a desperate lunge from Darryl James denied him.
But there was no denying fellow attacker Cornell Glenn.
With the repeated defending and lack of ball possession taking a toll on their backline, Fire conceded a free kick 25 metres out on the right side of the penalty box that Glenn struck with rasping accuracy past a sprawling Martin after 33 minutes. That they did not concede a next goal before the interval was an achievement.
But coach Floyd Windsor changed strategy effectively.
He showed his counterpart Hill a mirror, using the same advanced attacking positions and committing more men to attack, so giving more support to strikers Sean Christmas and Brent Antoine.
It meant more regular forays for the Fire team.
But when Noray thumped home from a flick-on from teammate Devon Mitchell in the 73rd, Fire needed goals to get back in the game.
Antoine did not take long to respond, just three minutes later he put Arima back in the hunt with a clinical collect and shoot effort--that flew into Jack’s far post--from a long ball over the Jabloteh defence.
A tiring Jabloteh side then saw the tables reversed as substitute Adrian Narine had Jack scampering to save his long-range effort on target as Jabloteh stopper Ian Gray and company retreated further than they did for the entire match. But as they were finding a groove, time ran out on Fire’s resurgence.
W Connection, on the other hand, was saved by an 85th minute goal from skipper Earl Jean after newcomers South West Institute of Football stormed back twice on the Palo Seco Recreation ground. W Connection had to rely on profilic goal-getter Jean to pull out of trouble against SWIF. The “Savonetta Boys” opened the scoring in the fifth minute when a SWIF defender headed the ball past his goalkeeper Andy Dean.
Holly Lewis headed in a corner to level the score two minutes before the interval. Then, George Isaac, the Kittian playing his first season for W Connection, netted his fifth goal of the season when he beat Dean with a right-footer into the far post in the 57th minute.
Fifteen minutes later, former Defence Force player Curte Fermin equalised once again for SWIF. Jean got the match-winner in the 85th minute when he booted a right-footed shot past Dean, following a through-pass from Arnold Dwarika.
Defence Force made up ground by moving from eighth place to fourth in the standings with a 3-1 victory over Starworld Strikers at Manny Ramjohn Stadium. Joe Public squandered numerous scoring opportunities against debutants Tobago United to force a 1-1 draw at Marvin Lee Stadium. In the only other match, Caledonia AIA and North East Stars battled 1-1 at Ato Boldon Stadium.

Senior Division.

Jabloteh 2 (Cornell Glenn 33rd, Kerry Noray 73rd) vs Arima Fire 1 (Brent Antoine 76th).

W Connection 3 (o.g., George Isaacs 57th, Earl Jean 85th) vs SWIF 2 (Holly Lewis 43rd, Curte Fermin 72nd).

Caledonia AIA 1 (Nigel Hart) vs North East Stars 1 (Randolph Jerome).

Starworld Strikers 1 (Kestor Cornwall 26th) vs Defence Force 3 (Russell Pope 6th, Sherman Phillip 60th, Kwesi Smith 88th).

Joe Public 1 (Andre Toussaint) vs Tobago United 1 (Jason Sampson 22nd).

U-20 Division.

Caledonia AIA 2 (Hyron Browne-Baptiste, Keon Edwards) vs North East Stars 0.

Starworld Strikers 3 vs Defence Force 1.

Arima Fire 0 vs Jabloteh 2 (Ijamar Mark, Andre Alexis).

Joe Public 6 vs Tobago United 0.

SWIF 1 (Anslem Paul 48th) vs W Connection 3 (Jason Marcano 65th, 88th, Devon Daniel 10th).

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