Foncette: We need to be ready physically and mentally

Trinidad & Tobago’s goalkeeper Adrian Foncette is set to start in goal against Bahamas in the 2022 Qatar World Cup Qualifier on Saturday. Foncette believes that his teammates must be ready and was full of praises for the training camps leading up to the important matches.

 “It is something that all our players need to be ready mentally and physically. We are not here on a vacation, we here for business. Going forward we just need to stay focused. We need to do what is required and everybody needs to do their part.”

The 32-year-old Foncette spoke on the importance of a stay-in camp. “We needed it for some time. We needed to be away from the general public and just be in a bubble, so that we could put our heads down and just get the work done.”

Nicklas Frenderup started in goal the last two matches under coach Terry Fenwick but he is unavailable for the game on Saturday. Commenting on long-standing goalie Marvin Phillip who missed out on this trip. He said, “It is unfortunate what happened to Marvin. I wish him a speedy recovery, but these things happen and whenever I am called upon to play I am always ready. I’ve been here before…it is always an honour to represent the country, it is just something to look forward to. It is nothing over the top. This is what we train for… to play.”

Foncette admitted that the Soca Warriors must be mindful of their opponents despite Bahamas being one of the weakest teams in the qualifiers in Group F.

“To be fair this game is one not to be taken for granted at all. It’s one that I think will be important for us building our momentum going forward. These are crucial three points that we need here. We need to minimize on our mistakes…just build from strength to strength, game to game taking it from this one here to the next one and on to the others.”

This matches against St. Kitts & Nevis is a decider as they are the top two teams in Group F of the qualifiers and only the winner advances to the next round of qualifiers.

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)