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The Pakistan Super League continued the trend of signing West Indian cricketers for franchise Twenty20 tournaments with 10 players being drafted.

Trinidad and Tobago Twenty20 demand continued with four players being signed. Off-spinner Sunil Narine will play with Dwayne Bravo at the Lahore Qalandars. Hard hitting Kieron Pollard will form an explosive batting lineup with Jamaican Chris Gayle at the Karachi Kings.

Islamabad United has retained the services of leg-spinner, Samuel Badree and explosive all-rounder Andre Russell while adding all-rounder Dwayne Smith of Barbados. Peshawar Zalmi has signed Darren Sammy of the Windward Islands, who will captain the team at the forthcoming tournament.

Quetta Gladiators have signed the two new Twenty20 superstars from the Caribbean. They drafted all-rounder, Carlos Brathwaite and added Rovman Powell who had a stellar season in the Caribbean Premier League with the Jamaican Tallawahs.


Peshawar Zalmi: Darren Sammy (Windward Islands)

Lahore Qalandars: Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo (Trinidad and Tobago)

Karachi Kings: Kieron Pollard (Trinidad and Tobago), Chris Gayle (Jamaica)

Islamabad United: Andre Russell (Jamaica), Samuel Badree (Trinidad and Tobago), Dwayne Smith (Barbados)

Quetta Gladiators: Carlos Brathwaite (Barbados), Rovman Powell (Jamaica)

Pumas (3W-0D-1L, 9 points) qualified for the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals for the fourth time in as many tries, recording an 8-1 Group A victory over DirecTV W Connection (0-1-3. 1) on Thursday night at the Estadio Olimpico Universitario.

Eduardo Herrera, Jesus Gallardo and Fidel Martinez notched two goals apiece, while Saul Berjon and Alfonso Nieto added one each in a winning effort.

Briel Thomas tallied for the Trinidadian visitor, which had never conceded more than four goals in 23 previous SCCL outings.

Nearly the entire first half was played in the W Connection end as the host stormed to a 3-0 halftime advantage. 

Berjon started things off by heading in a Pablo Barrera right-wing cross past goalkeeper Julani Archibald in the 17th minute. 

Herrera then took center stage by striking twice within a 10-minute span. His diving header off Gallardo's left-wing cross doubled the lead in the 30th minute. In what probably was the most impressive goal of the night, Barrera backheeled a pass to Herrera, who turned and fired from the penalty spot for a three-goal lead in the 40th minute.

It was more of the same in the second half. Gallardo tallied his first goal in the 55th minute, converting Martinez's feed into the lower right corner before Thomas pulled one back for W Connection in the 60th minute off Andre Toussaint's backpass past goalkeeper Alfredo Saldivar.

Gallardo put in a rebound off the left post for a 5-1 advantage in the 71st minute. Second-half substitute Alfonso Nieto made it 6-1, converting a curling effort from the upper right corner of the penalty area into the far post before Martinez closed out the scoring with goals in the 85th and 89th minutes.

Despite allowing eight goals, Archibald was outstanding. He made 10 saves, including denying Herrera's bid for a hat-trick on a penalty kick in the 64th minute. 

Pumas became the eighth and final team to reach quarterfinals, joining fellow Mexican clubs Pachuca and Tigres, the New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas (both United States), Vancouver Whitecaps (Canada), Saprissa (Costa Rica) and Arabe Unido (Panama). 

Twenty-four local elite referees have received their certificates of participation in a recent FIFA Referees Assistance Program (RAP) course conducted here in Trinidad and Tobago.

The referees engaged in a week-long seminar conducted by former FIFA Referee and FIFA instructor Peter Prendergast and fitness instructor Allan Brown of Costa Rica at the San Juan North Secondary last month.

On Wednesday at the offices of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association, they each received their certificates from TTFA President David John-Williams who urged them to keep striving for excellence as he promised the support of the FA towards referees development and the establishment of a Referees Academy.

“I want to encourage the participants to strive for excellence. We need to see more Trinidad and Tobago  referees regionally and internationally. We are way behind on that,” John-Williams said.

“We are trying to move in a different direction. As President of the FA, we are striving for excellence and that hit an exclamation point with what happened last Friday. It is the first time in the history of the TTFA that such a large investment is coming into football (NLCB partnership for Elite Youth Development Program) and that tells you where the organisation that I presently head want to go.”

“One of the things we set out to do is set up a referees academy and this is still on the agenda. We have to do this together. This benefits you who are in the game now. The thinking behind having this academy is to have one which will be the first in the Caribbean, that way we can generate revenue where people from the Caribbean can come to our academy and get special training. This can revolutionise refereeing in the Caribbean,” he added.

“The important thing is when you finish refereeing, what is the legacy you are leaving for those coming behind. That is my approach to life. When I demit office in three years or if they decide to give me another four years, I want to leave a legacy. The legacy I want to leave is that the foundation of football whether it be at youth level, senior level or refereeing, is in a better place,” John-Williams stated.

President of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Referees Association Joseph Taylor also revealed that local FIFA Referees Rodphin Harris, Kevin Lewis and Joseph Betrand recently returned from a successful participation at a UEFA developmental course. And two local Female FIFA Referees Cecile Hinds and Crystal Sobers are off to tier 1 CONCACAF course in Miami within the next couple of weeks.

Sporting Kansas City (1W-1D-2L, 4 points) scored all of its goals in the second half to rally for a 3-1 win over visiting Central FC (0-1-3, 1) in the last 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League match for each on Wednesday at Children’s Mercy Park.

The victory gave SKC a second-place finish in Group D on four points, eight behind the Vancouver Whitecaps (4-0-0, 12), which had an unblemished record.

Against the run of play, Central FC took the 1-0 lead in the 44th minute, when Mickaeel Gordon was slipped in behind the host’s defense on the left side of the penalty area and calmly finished past goalkeeper Alec Kann.

Six minutes after the break, the Sporting equalized through Cameron Porter. The forward received a long ball over the Central FC defense, brought it to the ground with his chest and finished inside the left post with his right foot past goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams from eight-yards out.

The 2015 U.S. Open Cup champion took the lead in the 56th minute as 19-year old Nansel Selbol created slight space for himself on the edge of the penalty area and rifled a right-footed into the lower-right corner.

Selbol nearly added another three minutes later, but his volleyed off a right-sided cross crashed off the post. He did the same in the 77th minute from a curling effort.

Connor Hallisey converted a penalty kick in the first minute of stoppage time to complete the scoreline.


Captain Stafanie Taylor’s half-century was not enough as West Indies Women’s luck finally ran out with a five-wicket defeat to England Women in the final One-Day International here Wednesday.

Opting to bat first in the series decider at Sabina Park, the hosts was once again let down by their brittle batting and collapsed to an inadequate 155 all out of 47.1 overs, with Taylor top-scoring with 57.

Britney Cooper chipped in with 23 and Hayley Matthews, 22, but the Windies Women found the going tough against left-arm spinner Alex Hartley who destroyed the innings with four for 24, to claim Player-of-the-Match honours.

Seamer Katherine Brunt contributed with three for 35 while off-spinner and captain Heather Knight finished with two for 23.

In reply, Natalie Sciver stroked an unbeaten 58 to steer England Women to victory in the 39th over, with opener Tammy Beaumonth getting 34 and Knight, 29.

Leg-spinner Afy Fletcher grabbed two for 28.

The victory gave the visitors a 3-2 series victory and another two precious points in the ICC Women’s Championship.

Having staged comebacks throughout the series, West Indies Women were perhaps hoping for more of that good fortune but it failed to materialise this time around.

They lost Shaquana Quintyne for one in the third over with the score on eight, leaving Taylor to manage a series of small partnerships in order to hold the innings together.

The Jamaican right-hander put on 21 for the second wicket with Matthews who faced 43 balls and counted four fours, 37 for the third wicket with Deandra Dottin (15) and a further 38 for the fifth wicket with Cooper who struck two fours in her 42-ball stay at the crease.

Taylor, who also got a half-century in the last game, had hit three fours and a six off 101 balls when she was seventh out with the score on 137, stumped of Hartley.

In reply, England Women batted in partnerships to ensure there would be no repeat of the batting collapses that have plagued them throughout the series.

Beaumont, who faced 50 balls and struck three fours, put on 33 for the first wicket with Lauren Winfield (12) and another 23 for the second wicket with Knight.

When Beaumont departed, Knight and Sciver combined in a third-wicket partnership of 56 which virtually killed off the game.

Knight faced 47 balls and hit two fours while the dominant 24-year-old Sciver struck six fours in her 74-ball innings.

Even when Knight was caught at the wicket off Fletcher in the 29th over, Sciver and Danielle Wyatt (12) added 21 for the fourth wicket to settle any jitters.

As Trinidad and Tobago’s National Under 20 Men prepare for their arrival into Curacao ahead of the Caribbean Football Union Under 20 Championship, team captain Jabari Mitchell says  there is an upbeat feeling in the camp.

Mitchell was speaking ahead of Saturday’s opening match against Cuba, describing the training camp in Panama as useful towards the team’s preparations. The team arrives in Curacao on Thursday afternoon following a three-match series in Panama in which they won two games and lost one.

“ The training camp was really positive. It helped us to build a stronger bond as we lived together for a decent enough period and the vibes within the camp built a nice atmosphere heading into the competition in Curacao,” Mitchell told TTFA Media.

“The team is full of confidence at the moment. Everybody’s fit and all working with and for each other,” he added.

He said the key to a good opening result would be playing without fear and dictating the pace of the game from early on.

“Everyone is really confident and anxious to show what we can do in this tournament and therefore we have to take on the Cubans in a fearless approach. We know they are a good team but we are also confident in what we can do. We are the defending champions and we need to defend that title with everything we have,” he added.

“Concentration will be key for us in this tournament, capitalizing on our chances and taking good care of the ball in possession.”

Mitchell was one of the younger members of the Derek King-coached outfit that captured the 2014 title with a commanding 3-0 victory over Haiti in the final in Port of Spain, going on to contest the CONCACAF Final round in Jamaica where T&T missed out on progressing to the FIFA Under 20 World Cup.

“I’m even hungrier now and more focused than I was last time around because I’ve been there before. I have an idea what to expect and I know every team will be coming at us. I try to encourage everyone in training to push and try my best to lead by example in terms of my work ethic and leadership on and off the field. The technical staff has also been keeping us in a gear and trying to ensure we are ready for the battles ahead,” Mitchell added.

T&T will face off with Cuba in their opening match of the Caribbean Football Union Final Round of Under 20 World Cup qualification on October 22nd in Curacao.

T&T, the CFU defending champions, have been grouped with previous runners up Haiti, Cuba and St Lucia in Group B which will be contested at the Ergilio Hato.

Following their opening game with Cuba, T&T then faces St Lucia on October 24th and Haiti on October 26th.

Group A comprises of hosts Curacao, Bermuda, St Kitts/Nevis and Antigua/Barbuda.

The top two teams will advance to the semi finals as well as gain automatic passage to the CONCACAF Final round which will be played in Costa Rica in February. The semi-finals will be played on October 28th and the final and third place match will take place on October 30th. The top five teams from the CFU Final round will advance to the CONCACAF stage.


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