26 Mar 2011
- Written by Shaun Fuentes (TTFF)
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Trinidad and Tobago's Men's Under 20 footballers will go all out to break a run of three defeats in their Concacaf World Cup qualifier against Cuba on Wednesday after suffering a 4-2 loss to Honduras at the National Stadium there on Friday.
In what was the final warm-up match for Zoran Vranes and his men prior to their final round campaign in Guatemala City, T&T took a first half lead through captain Sheldon Bateau but the well organized and potent Honduras line up struck back and took a 2-1 lead going into the half time break They extended it to 3-1 before Shahdon Winchester pulled a goal back for T&T.
The hosts added then added a fourth item as T&T finished the game with ten men after Marcus Joseph was red carded.
Vranes shuffled his team around a second time as he maintained his focus on T&T's upcoming affairs with Cuba and Mexico. T&T lost the previous game 3-0 and were also defeated by America de Cali in Colombia prior to their arrival in Honduras.
"This was our last game and I needed to see a couple things. Unfortunately my team is going into the tournament with two losses here and that's not always the best thing mentally for young players but okay, we will work on that.
We have lost games before and then we have won again so it's not a matter of us being mentally broken right now," Vranes told TTFF Media.
"We have some good experience in the team and they will have to step up now and we will work on getting the entire team focused and ready for Cuba. We have spent a lot of time preparing.
We got some matches and this was very good for us because we grew as a team in terms of what we do on the pitch and now it's time to take all of this into the tournament and try to turn it into positive results that can help take us to the World Cup in Colombia," Vranes added.
The team is scheduled to arrive in Guatemala City shortly after midday on Saturday to continue preparations for their encounter with Cuba on Wednesday.