T&T Struggle In W.C. Soccer Bid

Trinidad and Tobago recorded mixed results last month which left its campaign to play in soccer’s premier global tournament, the 2018 World Cup, still alive, but struggling. The Soca Warriors entered their third match in the six-team final round of qualifiers for CONCACAF, which features countries from North and Central America and the Caribbean, without a point after two games. They managed to beat Panama 1-0 on Mar. 24 in Trinidad, but lost to Mexico by the same score four days later.

Lawrence Dennis3Those results, after four games, left T&T at the bottom of the group with three points. Mexico leads the hexagonal with 10 points, followed by Costa Rica on seven. Panama has five points, with the United States and Honduras on four.

Prospects

The competition resumes later this year. The top three finishers in the regional group will advance to the World Cup, with the fourth place finisher playing against a nation from another group. T&T coach Dennis Lawrence has urged the country to start believing in the national team, despite the huge task it faces in qualifying for the World Cup in Russia.

“We have to start believing as a nation that it can be done,” said Lawrence last month. “Of course it is very difficult but it can be done. “We just need to get away from the idea that when it looks like it’s going to happen, then we get on board. Let’s get behind the boys now, let’s give them every single thing to try and get us there.”

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