Trinidad and Tobago’s National Under 20 team could be in for a tricky return leg clash with Suriname when both teams meet in their final Caribbean Football Union World Cup qualifier at the Marvin Lee Stadium from 4pm on Monday.
That was the view of head coach Zoran Vranes as he conducted a training session with the team at the match venue on Wednesday.
A draw will send T&T through to the Concacaf final round in Guatemala next year from which four teams will advance to the 2011 FIFA Under 20 World Cup in Colombia. But according to Vranes, Suriname will be going all out to upset T&T.
“The return game is not going to be easy and we have to be better prepared and more focused. We cannot think the job is finished already,” Vranes said.
“I expected tough game over there and we got tougher than I expected. We were not fully prepared for that game because we had problems before with player's attendance for training and then we got there late for the game plus the game was very heavy with a lot of mud and water. We did not play badly and we fought very well and we deserved the win.”
Vranes maintains that his current side has the potential to advance in the tournament and make a strong claim for a berth at the 2011 FIFA Youth World Cup.
“I always believe that this team can be very good and they are showing that. I am pleased with their attitude because it was our toughest game so far and we responded very well despite the mistake that cost us a goal very early. Their determination is a positive sign and we are very solid physically,” said Vranes.
T&T finished the game with ten men after Ryan Fredericks was red carded in the 82nd minute. The team will continue to train at the Marvin Lee Stadium and will go into a live-in camp on the weekend.
In Central American qualifying action, Antony Lozano and Gustavo Carias both scored for a second straight game and led Honduras to a 3-0 victory over Belize on Sunday that qualified them to the CONCACAF Final round.
With Wednesday's opening 4-0 win over El Salvador, Honduras finished atop Group 2 to join Group 1 winner Panama and host Guatemala in the finals from April 3-17.
The other teams already through include USA, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Panama, Guadeloupe and Cuba with Costa Rica and El Salvador involved in a playoff for the other spot. Admission for Monday’s game is $20 and gates open at 2pm.