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Defence Force are expecting a tough semi-final challenge against defending Toyota Classic champions San Juan Jabloteh on Sunday, but coach Marvin Gordon’s side are confident of advancing to the final on December 6.

The army-coastguard combination defeated St. Ann’s Rangers 3-1 in the Round-of-16 but had a dismal showing in the quarter-final stage last weekend, although edging Super League side FC Santa Rosa 2-1 to set up Sunday’s semi-final clash with Jabloteh from 4 pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, which will be followed by semi-final two involving rivals Central FC and W Connection from 6 pm.

Buoyed by a 4-1 league win over Club Sando on Tuesday, which pushed the soldiers two spots up into second on the Digicel Pro League 2015-16 standings, it restored the confidence in ability for Gordon’s men.

“It’s a great boost for us because our (previous) performance (against Santa Rosa) wasn’t a good one,” said Gordon on Tuesday night. “To come and play like this tonight and scoring this amount of goals is great for the confidence of the team for the game (on Sunday) against Jabloteh.”

Gordon said his players didn’t show their professionalism against Santa Rosa, taking the Super League side for granted “because they are a lesser team.”

“I had a go (verbal lashing) at my players about it and (Tuesday) you would have seen a difference in performance,” added the Defence Force coach. “It was brilliant from me as coach to do what I did after the Santa Rosa game. I needed the players to understand what I expect from them every time they go out onto the field.”

Defence Force have met Jabloteh twice already this season, narrowly defeating the San Juan club 3-2 on September 30 in the qualifier round of the First Citizens Cup and 1-0 in a league game on October 27.

“We played them (Jabloteh) twice already this season and won on both occasions,” continued Gordon. “…but (Sunday) is a different game. They will be coming all-out to stop us.

Defence Force defensive utility player Curtis Gonzales concurred.

“It’s going to be a very tough contest,” said the 26-year-old Trinidad and Tobago player. “It’s a game to the final. We defeated them twice this season and we know a side won’t just allow us to beat them three times in a row, especially in a semi-final.

Gonzales, who represented T&T at the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt, added, “But we (Defence Force) are looking forward to the battle. My teammates and I are ready. Over the next few days it will be spot on in training with everyone fighting for their picks… just the way professional football has to be.”

Defence Force have never won the Toyota Classic, losing their only final on penalties following a 2-2 draw with North East Stars in 2012. Jabloteh meanwhile are five-time finalists, winning the title in 2008 and 2014.

“The main thing is about getting a result to go forward,” Gordon expressed. “The game against Jabloteh on Sunday is the only thing on our minds. Once we get past them, and I am confident we can, then we will prepare for whoever advances from the next semi-final.”

All of the issues related to football and the development of the sport in Trinidad and Tobago will be discussed live on television this coming Thursday, as WI Sports hosts a live debate with candidates for the upcoming election of the new President of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA).

This election is scheduled to take place on Sunday, November 29, but the heated debate moderated by veteran journalist, Fazeer Mohammed will kick off from 8 pm this Thursday evening, exclusively on WI Sports, Flow Channel 14.

Candidates for the top spot include: David John Williams, Clint Taylor and Ramesh Ramdhan, in addition to the incumbent, Port of Spain Mayor Raymond Tim Kee – who will also be present and participate in the live debate.

WI Sports Director, Peter C Lewis described the event as “long awaited” and “pivotal” and thanked the candidates for participating in a fair and unbiased debate.

“This event and the upcoming election represents a new day for football in T&T,” he said. “We are happy to facilitate a fair and unbiased forum for a frank discussion of the issues, so that the voters will be better informed in order to make their selection. As the only network dedicated to the promotion of local sports, WI Sports is delighted to host this debate and will continue to be a leader and innovator in the arena, as we showcase our athletes and champion their causes.”

WI Sports was founded in 2012 and is dedicated to the promotion of local and regional sporting activities across all disciplines. Viewers can log on to www.wisportstv.com to watch the channel live or also also follow the livestream at usportt.com

Last week, our senior national squad went to Suriname to compete in the  IX Suriname International 2015, which was held from  Tuesday, November 17, 2015 to Saturday, November 21, 2015.
The well experienced team consisted of Nicholas Bonkowsky, Alistair Espinoza, Kamasha Robertson and Avril Marcelle.
In womens singles our ladies both bowed out in the 1st round.

In womens doubles, Robertson and Marcelle got past 1st round, beating a Surinamese pair of Anjali Paragsingh and Mary - Ann Zhong  in a three setter 16-2121-1621-11.
Kamasha Robertson lost to 
Jill Sjauw - Mook (SURINAME)  21-8, 21-8. while Avril Marcelle lost to Haramara Gaitan (Mexico) 21-14, 21-11
They however were not able to overcome, in the 2nd round, the stronger Surinamese pair of Rugshaar Ishaak and Santusha Ramzan  and lost 21-1021-6.
Espinoza pushed past Nicholas Ali of Guyana in the qualification round of men's singles 21-1721-14, but was ousted by Howard Shu of USA 21-1321-13 in the 1st round.
Bonkowsky in mens singles, steadily pushed past Denzel Sweet of Suriname 21-14, 21-11, as well as Jesus Lama of Venezuela 24-2219-2122-20 to enter the quarterfinals.
He however could not manage to oust the #76 world ranked Italian Rosario Maddaloni who stopped Bonkowsky's winning streak,21-721-16.
In  Mixed Doubles, Bonkowsky and Robertson, being the 4th seed in the tournament, got a bye into the 2nd round but bowed out of the event with a loss to a Surinamese pair 21-1917-2121-17.
Espinoza doubled with Marcelle and did battle with a Surinamese pair but were also forced out of the event in the 1st round 21-1021-14.
Bonkowsky joined forces with  Espinoza in the Men's Doubles to lead them on a winning streak that would reward them with 3rd place in this event. They overcame two Surinamese pairs in the 2nd and quarterfinals rounds 21-921-8 and 21-1521-12 respectively. They then faced the Italian pair of Giovanni Greco and Rosario Maddaloni in the semifinals and were unsuccessful to push past them in their quest for gold.
Our Men fell to the #57 World Ranked Pair in a valiant bout with results: 21-1221-13.

Trinidad and Tobago Under 17 Women’s Team clinched third place in the Caribbean Football Union Championship with a 3-0 victory over Cuba on Sunday in Puerto Rico.

Following their 1-0 defeat to Jamaica in the semi-finals on Friday, the T&T girls lifted themselves to finish on top in their final encounter of the series.

T&T got goals from Laurelle Theodore in the 25th minute and 76th minutes and Shenieka Paul in the 69th.

The win was however not enough to secure a place in the CONCACAF Finals in Grenada next March as only the two finalists Jamaica and Haiti progressed along with hosts Grenada as the Caribbean’s three representatives in the 8-team tournament.

T&T lost to Jamaica 1-0 on Friday after conceding an 83rd minute goal.

The team will return to Port of Spain on Monday evening.

This country’s Senior Women’s Team will face Guatemala in their opening match of the CONCACAF Final Round of Olympic qualification at the BBVA Compass Ground in Houston on February 11th, 2016.

T&T have been placed in Group B with Canada, Guyana and Guatemala following the  draw for the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, at the InterContinental Doral in greater Miami today.

The draw, which determined the groups and match schedule for the tournament that kicks off on February 10, 2016, in Frisco, TX, was opened with a welcoming address from FIFA and CONCACAF Executive Committee Member Sonia Bien-Aime. The event was conducted with the assistance of former US Women’s National Team players Cat Whitehill and Tiffany Roberts.

The draw sorted the eight qualified national teams into two groups of four. Defending Olympic and CONCACAF Champion United States was sorted into Group A along with Puerto Rico, Mexico and Costa Rica, while Group B will contain Canada, Guatemala, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana.

The Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX will host all group matches for Group A, while the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, TX will host all of the Group B matches, the semifinals and final.

The two finalists at the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship 2016 will qualify directly to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

T&T Senior team manager Sharon O’Brien attended the draw on behalf of the TTFA.

T&T will play the US in two international friendlies in December ahead of the tournament. The Women “Soca Warriors” topped the Caribbean leg of qualification with a 1-0 win over Puerto Rico on Friday in the CFU Final at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship 2016 Groups

Group A


Puerto Rico


Costa Rica

Group B



Trinidad & Tobago


CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship 2016 Schedule 

*ET (Local Time)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 – Toyota Stadium

6:00pm (5:00pm) Puerto Rico vs. Mexico

8:30pm (7:30pm) USA vs. Costa Rica

Thursday, February 11, 2016 – BBVA Compass Stadium

6:00pm (5:00pm)  Guatemala vs. Trinidad & Tobago

8:30pm (7:30pm) Canada vs. Guyana

Saturday, February 13, 2016 – Toyota Stadium

1:30pm (12:30pm) Costa Rica vs. Puerto Rico

4:00pm (3:00pm) Mexico vs. USA

Sunday, February 14, 2016 – BBVA Compass Stadium

1:30pm (12:30pm) Guyana vs. Guatemala

4:00pm (3:00pm) Trinidad & Tobago vs. Canada

Monday, February 15, 2016 – Toyota Stadium

6:00pm (5:00pm) Mexico vs. Costa Rica

8:30pm (7:30pm) USA vs. Puerto Rico

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 – BBVA Compass Stadium

6:00pm (5:00pm) Trinidad & Tobago vs. Guyana

8:30pm (7:30pm) Canada vs. Guatemala

Friday, February 19, 2016 – BBVA Compass Stadium

5:30pm (4:30pm) 1B vs. 2A

8:30pm (7:30pm) 1A vs. 2B

Sunday, February 21, 2016 – BBVA Compass Stadium

5:00pm (4:00pm) Winner SF1 vs. Winner SF2

Couva-rivals Central FC and W Connection will meet in the semi-final round of the Toyota Classic 2015 on November 29 after quarter-final wins over Morvant Caledonia United and 10-man North East Stars, respectively, on Sunday.

It will be the second Couva-Clásico within six days and fourth of the season as Central and Connection are also scheduled to meet on Tuesday from 8 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Round One Match Day Four of the 2015-16 Digicel Pro League.

Last evening Ataulla Guerra scored on either side of the break at the Ato Boldon Stadium to lift Central FC to a 2-1 win over his ex-employers, Morvant Caledonia United, in the first match of the final quarter-final double-header before Connection completed the semi-final matchups with a 3-0 win over North East Stars, who were reduced to 10 men early in the second half.

Central will take on Connection from 6 pm in Semi-Final Two on Sunday 29 November at the Hasely Crawford Stadium following a 4 pm kick-off between Defence Force and defending Toyota Classic champions San Juan Jabloteh in Semi-Final One.

On Saturday, Jabloteh whipped top Super League side Guaya United 5-0 after Defence Force edged another Super League side FC Santa Rosa 2-1 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium to secure an all-Pro League cast in the semi-finals.

Connection, who, like Central needed penalties to reach the quarter-finals, took a 1-0 lead into the break after Jomal Williams broke the offside trap to collect a Briel Thomas cross and fired into goalkeeper Shane Mattis’ far netting in the 44th minute after an evenly contested first half against North East Stars.

But things took a twist for the worst for North East Stars in the 53rd minute when central defender Glenton Wolfe was ejected following his second yellow card. Referee Rodphin Harris adjudged that Wolfe had struck Quintero in the face in the process of shielding the ball from the Connection forward.

Although down a player, the Roland Clarke-coached North East Stars – 8-0 winners over Super League outfit Siparia Spurs in the Round-of-16 – didn’t roll over. However their defence clearly missed the experience and defensive ability of Wolfe as Connection found the back of the net twice in the second period to complete the rout.

Andre Toussaint made it 2-0 for the three-time Toyota Classic champions, Connection, when he smashed a clever heeled pass from Neil Benjamin Jr. past Mattis.

Then on the 73rd minute Quintero, who was denied superbly by Mattis in the 18th minute, added the Savonetta Boys third with a simple tap in following an attack involving substitute Shahdon Winchester and opening goalscorer Jomal Williams for a 3-0 finish over the 2012 Toyota Classic champions.

Stars, wielding the talent of Trinidad and Tobago international and former Connection player, Keron Cummings, and ex-T&T youth player, Duane Muckette, in midfield, mounted numerous attacks but came closest to an item two minutes inside the second period when T&T international Jesus Perez’s attempt glanced off the base of the upright.

In the earlier contest, another T&T talent, Guerra, who recently returned to action following a lengthy lay-off due to injury, handed Central FC a 1-0 lead over his ex-employers Morvant Caledonia United (MCU) in the 14th minute.

Guerra rounded goalkeeper Marvin Phillip inside the area in a one-on-one situation after a feed from Willis Plaza to score.

Plaza later wasted two close-up chances, and although he did well to create a number of openings, his side lost the advantage just before the half-time whistle.

MCU’s Guyana international, Sheldon Holder, who had an excellent diving headed goal cancelled out for offside, levelled the scores 1-1 in stoppage-time of the first half after he broke the offside trap to control a pass sent into the box and rifled his shot past goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams at the near post.

It was a deserving goal, especially after ‘keeper Phillip had risked it all to preserve his side’s lifeline. Phillip’s face had taken the full impact from a strike by Sean De Silva. Unlucky for the T&T shot-stopper, he needed the assistant of the medical staff again following the resulting corner after colliding with the upright when he pulled off a save to tip behind a Jason Marcano header.

Phillip was brilliant again, denying Plaza and substitute Marcus Joseph in the 62nd and 71st minutes, respectively. But even with his heroics, the MCU players failed to earn the club’s founding member and current technical director, Jamaal Shabazz, a win in celebration of his 52nd birthday.

Guerra completed his double in the 78th minute for a 2-1 Central win when he struck a left-footed strike to beat Phillip following a corner swung in from the right by Marcano.

Substitute Marcus Joseph had a great opportunity to add to Central’s tally in stoppage-time by his attempt crashed off the base of the upright moments after a 30-yard Kareem Joseph free-kick on the other end clipped the top of goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams’ crossbar.

MCU will now shift their focus solely on the Digicel Pro League (DPL) when they host St. Ann’s Rangers from 6 pm on Thursday (Nov. 26) at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Round One Match Day Four.

Two hours later (8 pm) at the same venue Police FC will tackle Jabloteh.

The DPL Round One Match day Four action kicks off on Tuesday (Nov. 24) when Club Sando and Defence Force clash from 6 pm, followed by the W Connection versus Central FC Couva-Clásico.

Also on Tuesday, Point Fortin Civic will host North East Stars from 6 pm at the Mahaica Oval.