Do-or-Die for Soca Warriors

The Trinidad and Tobago men’s football camp is full of confidence and are in good spirits according to central defender Robert Primus.

The Soca Warriors tackle Bahamas on June 5th at 5pm and three days later they face off with group leaders St. Kitts & Nevis at the Felix Sanchez Olympic Stadium, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Primus who plays in India with club FC Bengaluru said, “These games are very important as they are two do-or-die games. We need the six points but we’ll take it one game at a time and approach it as it comes.

Primus who recently returned to the national colours after an absence of eight years added. “I believe everyone on board knows the importance of both games and I believe everyone is ready for the test ahead of us.”

 The 30-year-old defender concluded, “We are going to show a lot of character in training, show what we really want to do and go out and get the points we need. They know what the coach wants from them so I’m hoping they are ready as well to take on the task ahead,” he added.”

Experienced defender Sheldon Bateau knows of the importance of the upcoming matches and is optimistic. The tall and muscularly built defender said, “It’s a big occasion…it is basically do-or-die and the boys understand the task at hand; we feel it in the atmosphere. We have some stuff to work on and if we can work on them in the next few days then we will get the job done.”

Bateau then spoke about the plethora of sacrifices the players made during the COVID-19 Pandemic to be representing their national teams.

St Kitts & Nevis leads the five-team table in Group F with a maximum of six points from two matches following victories over Puerto Rico and Bahamas. The Soca Warriors are in second place with four points (one win, one draw) while Guyana is third with 3 points following a victory over Bahamas. Puerto Rico are fourth with one point from two games and Bahamas are at the bottom with no points.

T&T Squad

Goalkeepers – Nicklas Frenderup (Ranheim), Adrian Foncette (Police FC), Denzil Smith (W Connection)

Defenders – Radanfah Abu Bakr (free agent), Robert Primus (FC Bengaluru), Keston Julien (FC Sheriff), Shannon Gomez (Sacramento Republic), Sheldon Baateau (KV Mechelen), Aubrey David (Deportivo Saprissa), Justin Garcia (Defence Force), Jesse Williams (Coleraine FC), Neveal Hackshaw (Indy Eleven FC), Noah Powder (Real Salt Lake), Luke Singh (Toronto FC)

Midfielders – Duane Muckette (free agent), Michael Poon-Angeron (free agent), Andre Fortune II (Memphis FC 901), Daniel Phillips (Watford), Hashim Arcia (Defence Force), Judah Garcia (free agent), Khaleem Hyland (Al Batin FC), Joevin Jones (Inter-Miami FC)