27 May 2008
- Written by Nigel Simon (T&T Guardian)
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CLAYTON MORRIS, coach of the national Futsal (five-a-side football) was left fuming after United Petrotrin’s goalkeeper, Perry Martin was forced to withdraw from the 12-man squad for the Concacaf Futsal Final Round Qualifiers.Morris had included Martin as one of two goalkeepers in his team which will depart for Guatemala on Saturday for the June 3 to June 8 eight-team tournament.
Contacted yesterday Morris said that he is finding it very difficult to understand why Martin, who has not featured in any of Petrotrin’s Pro League matches so far this season is not being allowed to travel with the team.
Morris added, “He (Martin) has been playing and training with the team for a while now and ironically I was the person who took him to the club after the first Futsal tournament in T&T, in 2004.
“The guy is going to represent his country at the international level and I can’t understand why they’re putting so much pressure on him.”
Reached for comment, Evans Cadogan, manager of the Petrotin team said that the final decision is for Martin to make.
Cadogan added, “He is a contracted player with our professional football team and while the Pro League will be on a break until the end of June, we still have training sessions schedule.
“Martin is currently in season and our officials at the club would not like him to go and play small goal football at this point in time, ended Cadogan.
However, Morris pointed out that Martin travelled with the team to the Concacaf qualifiers four years ago and it was no problem then.