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Goalkeeper Jan Michael Williams sees the upcoming friendly international against Panama as the ideal test for the “Soca Warriors” as they step up their build-up for the upcoming Concacaf Gold Cup which kicks off in July.

Speaking two days ago, the Central FC custodian recognised Panama as one of the new powerhouses in Concacaf.

“It’s going to be a very good test for us especially if some of the home-based professionals are in the squad for this match. Panama are one of the most progressive teams in the region now and it would be a great match up for us. We’ll be at home and I expect it to be a great contest,” Williams said.

“This year is a crucial one for us because obviously the Gold Cup is coming up and the World Cup qualifiers for Russia begin for us in November. We haven’t really gotten over the disappointment of losing in the final of the Caribbean Cup in November and a lot of the boys are very eager to get back out there and continue to push on with the national team.”

He commented also on the appointment of Central FC founder Brent Sancho as Minister of Sport and the club’s race for the T&T Pro League title.

“It’s great to see him (Sancho) as Minister of Sport. I believe he’s in a position to make things happen and he will do just that. But it’s also a little bitter sweet for us because it means he’s no longer present in the club and we may be missing the important role he plays at the club. But we’ll keep on giving everything we have and try to bring home the title for him and the supporters of the club."