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The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association along with the Beach Soccer Association of T&T will stage opening Screening sessions this weekend geared towards National Under 18 Men’s Beach Soccer selection for the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas.

Sessions will take place in Trinidad at Saith Park, Chaguanas  and in Tobago at Heritage Park, Turtle Beach from 9am on on Saturday April 22nd and Sunday April 23rd.

Interested Players are asked to please submit the follow on the day of screening :

Two passport size pictures

One copy birth paper

One  copy passport and or US visa.

Players must be born in 1999, 2000 or 2001 to be eligible for selection. Players should walk with one red t-shirt and one white t-shirt for the sessions.

The Under 18 initiative is a continuation of the TTFA’s Beach Soccer Programme. The Senior Beach Soccer team recently finished seventh at the CONCACAF Championship in the Bahamas.

Young athletes from 70 nations and territories will experience a Caribbean carnival of Commonwealth connections as the Opening Ceremony of the VIth Commonwealth Youth Games bursts into life. The Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games will be the largest international sporting event ever to be hosted in The Bahamas, and the largest-ever edition of the Youth Games, with up to 1300 athletes aged 14-18 set to make the most of an inspiring and immersive mix of impactful sporting competition, personal development and new Commonwealth friendships.

Almost all events will be held in the same sporting precinct, the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, which includes the world-class 15,000-seat Thomas A Robinson stadium, host to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and Athletics. The sporting action will also reach out to the communities and streets of the island, with the Cycling competition to be held on the streets of New Providence.

With FIFA President Gianni Infantino scheduled to arrive in Port of Spain on Monday morning for a series of events related to football development, one of the fun-filled and light-hearted activities slated to take place will be a football match between a FIFA/TTFA team and a Government/Sportt outfit at the Ato Boldon Stadium following the press conference at the Couva venue during the afternoon period.

There are some well known personalities that will line up for both teams. TTFA President David John-Williams is expected to lead out a well balanced outfit consisting of names such as Dennis Lawrence,  Stern John, Russell Latapy, Jamaal Shabazz, Women’s Team coach Carolina Morace, Jinelle James, TTFA General Secretary Justin Latapy-George, Brian Williams, Stuart Charles Fevrier, Richard Piper, Muhammad Isa, Ross Russell and Clayton Ince also including FIFA President Infantino and members of his visiting entourage as well as other TTFA officials.

The Sportt Company/Government team will include the likes of Minister of Sports Darryl Smith, Minister of National Security Edmund Dillon, Esmond Forde, Anthony Blake, Joel Gibbons, Dwayne Richardson, Tyrone Marcus, Cindy Cupid, Richard Smith, Garvin Warrick, Dexter Skeene, Omar Hadeed, Francis Lovell,Maylee Attin-Johnson,  Leonson Lewis, Jomo Pitt and Jason Williams among others.

The game will comprise of two fifteen minute halves.

Shortly after being elected as FIFA President last year, Infantino spent part of his first day at the office hosting a football match at FIFA headquarters for staff and several greats of his generation.

“A great day,” Infantino said later. “The hard works starts now, we are ready for that.”

In January, Infantino and Diego Maradona played in ‘Team One’ of a four-team competition, lining up alongside the likes of Gabriel Batistuta, Macel Desailly, Lucas Radabe and Francesco Toldo in Zurich.

They took on other star-studded teams with Dwight Yorke, Carles Puyol, Walter Zenga, Pablo Aimar, Eric Abidal and Michel Salgado all turned out for the light-hearted event.

Infantino will arrive here on Monday after attending the CONCACAF Congress in Aruba over the past two days which was also attended by John-Williams and Latapy-George. The FIFA boss is also scheduled to visit Grenada and Guyana prior to his arrival at Piarco for a day of activities which includes official visits and meetings with President Anthony Carmona, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and TTFA officials.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Senior Men will travel to St George’s, Grenada to play the Grenada Men’s Senior Team in an International Friendly on April 29th.

The match will be part of the official opening of the Grenada National Football League.

Trinidad and Tobago head coach Dennis Lawrence will use the match as another tune up for his home-based players as the country looks ahead to the 2018 World Cup qualifier away to the United States on June 8th and Costa Rica on June 13th.

“This international game will be useful in terms of it being part of the preparations for our squad ahead of the next set of World Cup qualifiers in June. It’s a good opportunity for myself and the coaching staff to have a further look at the players who are on the fringe of World Cup team selection, also including those who were involved in the past two qualifying matches,” Lawrence told TTFA Media.

“It will be a good opportunity for us to have the players together again, particularly for those who are in off season as it gives us a chance to continue implementing some of the things that we started a few weeks ago in the lead up to the last set of games against Barbados, Panama and Mexico,” Lawrence added

Twenty20 World Cup star, Carlos Brathwaite, has been dropped from the West Indies one-day squad to face Pakistan in the three-match series bowling off Friday in Guyana.

The 28-year-old all-rounder, the T20 captain, was one of two changes to the squad whitewashed by England last month, with Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite also omitted.

They have been replaced by wicketkeeper/batsman Chadwick Walton and fast bowler Miguel Cummins in the 13-man squad which will again be led by Test captain Jason Holder.

Carlos Brathwaite’s one-day form had come under the microscope in recent series and the scrutiny intensified following his struggles last month against England.

A big-hitting lower order batsman, he managed 42 runs in three innings and failed to take a single wicket in 24 overs, which also proved expensive.

Brathwaite also flopped in the Tri-Nations Series in Zimbabwe last November with 42 runs in three outings and just six wickets.

Overall, he averages 13 with the bat from 23 ODIs and averages 47 with the ball, having taken 21 wickets. 

The Barbadian, who presided over the Windies 3-1 defeat in the four-match T20 series against Pakistan which ended Sunday, will now turn his attention to his commitments to Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League starting later this week.

Kraigg Brathwaite, meanwhile, has been dropped after a run of poor form which saw him gather a single half-century in 10 ODIs, while averaging 27.

The 24-year-old, who has tasted success in Tests with his ultra-patient batting style, looked out of place against England and ill-suited to the one-day format.

His three innings yielded a mere 61 runs. 

The 31-year-old Walton, who played the last of his five ODIs three years ago, has been handed the opportunity to revive his career, with Windward Islands Volcanoes stroke-maker Sunil Ambris once again overlooked despite his prolific scoring this year.

The second ODI is scheduled for next Sunday with the final game set for April 11. 

SQUAD — Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jonathan Carter, Miguel Cummins, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell, Chadwick Walton.

NESTLÉ Trinidad & Tobago Limited and the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), announced a two-year partnership on Wednesday March 29th, ahead of the fifth installment of the popular T20 Cricket tournament scheduled for August 3rd to September 9th.

Both players and cricket fans, alike will benefit from this new partnership. Cricket and coffee enthusiasts will experience appealing coffee-inspired activities with barista stations at CPL matches and entertaining promotions at supermarkets and stores throughout August and September.

The players will be well-stocked with NESCAFÉ® in their dressing rooms and hotels. All match timings will now be known as ‘NESCAFÉ® Start Times’ because It all starts with NESCAFÉ®.

SMG Insight/YouGov, a leading provider of media and consumer research to global sports rights holders, sponsors and investors, conducted an evaluation of the 2016 Hero CPL tournament and found that it created 512 jobs and filled 3,297 hotel room nights in Trinidad and Tobago in that year. A total of 21,924 hotel rooms were filled across the region as a result of Hero CPL, during an off-peak season for tourist arrivals. NESTLÉ and it’s NESCAFÉ® brand are proud to be part of a venture which so directly impacts local and regional economies.

After the announcement, West Indies World T20 champions Samuel Badree and Carlos Brathwaite were presented with Hero CPL branded NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto machines, specially made for the occasion, and were even provided a demo by NESTLÉ’s Head of Consumer Marketing.

ABOUT THE HERO CARIBBEAN PREMIER LEAGUE:

Beginning in 2013, the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is a franchise-based T20 format cricket tournament that combines two of the most compelling aspects of Caribbean life – dramatic cricket and a vibrant Carnival atmosphere.

Over 149 million fans watched the 2016 season, combining broadcast and digital viewership, to make it one of the fastest growing leagues in world cricket.

Jamaica Tallawahs are the current Hero CPL champions and the other competing teams are Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, St. Lucia Stars and Trinbago Knight Riders.

Trinidad and Tobago stayed on three points after suffering an unfortunate 1-0 defeat at home to Mexico on Tuesday night at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

On a high after Friday’s 1-0 win over Panama in Port of Spain, T&T went into Tuesday’s fixture in search of another positive result but would have nothing extra to show on the table at the end of a closely fought encounter before a crowd of just under 15,000.

USA and Panama drew 1-1 with Honduras and Costa Rica also playing to a 1-1 finish. T&T are sixth on the table with three points with Mexico leading the pack with ten points followed by Costa Rica (7) and Panama (5)

“That said, T&T was robbed of a good goal that would have put it in the lead after the half hour and changed the complexion of the game completely. Joevin Jones, of the Seattle Sounders, was played through cleanly on the left. He smashed the ball through the arms of the helpless goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera. But he was inexplicably called offside when he was on by at least a foot,” Yahoo Sports reported.

That was the highlight of a credible first half by Trinidad, which got its qualifying campaign started in earnest with a 1-0 win over Panama on Friday for its first points of the round but remains in sixth and last place.

Mexico created a couple good openings as Carlos Salcedo swung in a big cross that Hector Moreno got a good header on in the eighth minute. But goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams saved well.

Cordell Cato was solid throughout for T&T with skipper Kenwyne Jones also having a good showing along with defender Curtis Gonzales. Kevin Molino was also decent but had a first half shot which he probably could have gotten better placement on from inside the penalty area.

Then, in the 58th minute, Diego Reyes bagged his first goal for Mexico. Miguel Layun’s zippy corner found Reyes, whose hard header beat Williams.

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