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FIFTEEN YEARS after he led the famous Strike Squad team to the brink of the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, Everald “Gally” Cummings is keen on doing his part to ensure that Trinidad and Tobago regains its place as a powerhouse in the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central and Caribbean Football) region. The 55-year-old Cummings, currently recovering from knee surgery, stated that “we have too much of young talent going astray.” “If we have something positive in the society we can solve some of the problems,” he continued. “If I could play a part, in any way, I will be willing to assist.”
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The mood in the Trinidad and Tobago national football team dressing room at Easter Road, Edinburgh on Sunday afternoon was gloomy.

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To the younger generation the name Syl Dopson is still associated with the pulsating beat of sweet old time calypso music. But to the old time football fans, the handsome man with the cuatro is also remembered as a outstanding national footballer of the distant past.
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First to arrive is a white transit van, its sides and back devoid of markings or identification, an anonymous shell. When the doors are opened, the inside is stacked with large heavy sports bags and netting sacks filled with footballs. On the passenger seat sits an old man, a fragility in his thin frame and sloping shoulders that the wrapping of his official blazer cannot hide. As the kit is unloaded, he remains in his seat, smiling widely.

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Of all the players boasting tartan connections in the Trinidad and Tobago squad preparing for tomorrow’s clash with Scotland at Easter Road, perhaps none can claim to have been so revered on these shores as Arnold Dwarika.
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REX BURNETT, an outstanding Trinidad and Tobago right winger of the 1950s who toured England with the national football team on the historic stint in England in 1953, is dead at 86.
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Jason Scotland will benefit from the break, says Dundee United boss Ian McCall. Dundee United striker Jason Scotland has put club before country and side-stepped Trinidad and Tobago’s busy summer programme in a bid to be fresh for the start of next season.
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