T&T senior head coach Stephen Hart will be keeping an eye out on the players appearing in the T&T Pro League as he finalises his squad for the March 27 friendly international against Panama at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo.
Hart, who led T&T to the runners-up spot at the 2014 Caribbean Cup Finals, says he will be looking to give some of the home-based players an opportunity to take the field against the Central Americans.
“It is important to play as regularly now as it allows. And the opportunity to play a team like Panama is good for us. They are one of the bigger up and coming teams in Concacaf for me. Panama have invested in the entire football structure in Panama. They have been playing consistently and they are the nation to watch,” he said.
On the home-based players who have been knocking on the door of the national team, Hart said: “They have players who have been there on the national team and some players I will like to have a look at. It’s no secret that I have been wanting a local camp for some time now and an international game and I think this is an ideal situation to look at as many local based players as possible, give them an opportunity to prove themselves and to see what kind of player pool I can build as we move into the next Fifa dates in June and then the Gold Cup.”
Hart said there was some potential coming out of the Under-20 team in Jamaica last month.
“We are going through a difficult period in local football. That team is a special generation but they did not have enough experience which meant they went into the tournament to in a way gain experience. It just goes to show how talented they were because almost every game went down to the wire with them. The little bit of game management and how to shut down a game was missing. But there was some good performances and I will definitely keep an eye on them,” he said.