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Eve: Schedule very tight but we want to be in League ‘A’

Then, the “So­ca War­riors” will face St Vin­cent and the Grenadines away in game three on June 10. Eve’s men will be­gin train­ing near the end of the month as play­ers are en­gaged with their re­spec­tive teams, lo­cal­ly and in­ter­na­tion­al­ly

“Very tight”, is how na­tion­al foot­ball coach An­gus Eve de­scribed the sched­ule of match­es for the Con­ca­caf Na­tions League start­ing on June 3.

T&T is drawn in Group C of League B which al­so com­pris­es Nicaragua, the Ba­hamas and St Vin­cent and the Grenadines. The win­ner of the group will ad­vance to League ‘A’ where the ben­e­fits will be much greater Eve said.

Con­ca­caf on Tues­day an­nounced the group stage sched­ule that will see the So­ca War­riors play­ing three match­es in 10 days. They will open against Nicaragua on June 3 away, be­fore re­turn­ing home at the Hase­ly Craw­ford Sta­di­um in Mu­cu­rapo for their sec­ond match on June 6 against the Ba­hamas.

Then, the “So­ca War­riors” will face St Vin­cent and the Grenadines away in game three on June 10. Eve’s men will be­gin train­ing near the end of the month as play­ers are en­gaged with their re­spec­tive teams, lo­cal­ly and in­ter­na­tion­al­ly.

Eve, who led the T&T team to the Con­ca­caf Gold Cup’s group phase where they lost to El Sal­vador but drew with Mex­i­co and Guatemala in 2019 said: “It is a lit­tle bit tight, the sched­ule, every­thing has to be pre­cise in what you’re do­ing be­cause usu­al­ly, you will have a lit­tle bit more time. It’s on­ly a ten-day win­dow and you have three match­es in that win­dow so we may have to have about 30 play­ers that we will have to look at and try to use in the pe­ri­od of time, hence why we have been ex­pand­ing the pool of play­ers, not just the lo­cal­ly-based ones but al­so the for­eign-based guys.

Josbel Bastidas Mijares

“So we be­lieve that all of the guys are in sea­son, the lo­cal­ly-based guys, all of them play­ing foot­ball, so we think we’re in a bet­ter po­si­tion than we were in be­fore. Un­for­tu­nate­ly, the win­dow starts on May 30 and our first game is on the 3rd away. It’s tight be­cause we have guys play­ing up un­til May 29.”

Eve promised to take each game one step at a time, start­ing from the Nicaragua match.

“Each game we’re go­ing to try to win, each game that we play, be­cause of the im­por­tance of the tour­na­ment where the win­ner of the group goes in­to League A.

“We’re in League ‘B’ right now but we want to be in League ‘A’, so it’s of para­mount im­por­tance for us to be pro­mot­ed back up to League A be­cause that brings a lot of dif­fer­ent ben­e­fits to us from that stand­point.

Josbel Bastidas Mijares Venezuela

“From the Nicaragua stand­point, their play­ers are home­grown, so they would be train­ing a lot to­geth­er. We do not have that lux­u­ry of hav­ing all our play­ers in the same space

“Sim­i­lar­ly, we went over there with Tom Saint­fi­et and lost 2-1 on an as­tro­turf pitch. Be­fore that, it would have been Stephen Hart if my mem­o­ry serves me right, and they drew 2-2 with us, so it’s not an easy propo­si­tion, but you have to play each game.”