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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO’S senior footballers arrived in Panama City on Sunday night following the two and thirty minute flight from Port-of-Spain ahead of Thursday’s International Friendly with Panama at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez.

Head Coach Stephen Hart was set to have his first training session with the squad yesterday evening with a near full compliment of players, with only Sheldon Bateau, Aubrey David, Jonathan Glenn and Radanfah Abu Bakr expected in last night.

Already in camp are captain Kenwyne Jones, Mexican- based defender Yohance Marshall, US-based quartet Joevin Jones, Trevin Caesar, Daneil Cyrus and Kevan George, English- based duo Andre Boucaud and Gavin Hoyte as well as Belgium- based midfielder Khaleem Hyland and Mekeil Williams who is based in Guatemala. 

The local players arriving from Port-of-Spain included Jan-Michael Williams, Keron Cummings, Willis Plaza, Aikim Andrews, Marvin Phillip and Neveal Hackshaw. 

Hoyte, who missed the 3-3 draw with Mexico last month in Utah after a mix up in communication with his club which asked him to miss the friendly just a day before his departure from London, said he felt confident that there will not be such an occurrence again. 

“I’m quite excited to be back in the team. It’s been more than a year now since I’ve played for Trinidad and Tobago,” Hoyte told TT FA Media. 

“I’m very relieved. 

I don’t think this will happen again as obviously there was a bit of a mix up in communication between my manager and the coach but hopefully now it’s all resolved and I’m happy to be here. I’ve spoken to my manager and he’s very happy. I think he now knows more of what’s going on and he’s happy for me to go and play. I’ve been following the team along and they have been doing brilliant. 

“I think it’s good to be back at this time and hopefully I can get back into the mix,” the former Arsenal and England youth international added. 

Marshall meantime believes the two upcoming friendlies are a key part of the preparations for the November 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala (November 13th) and United States (November 17th). 

“I think it’s very important for us to come together as a group again especially with one game being in Central America and then the other back in Trinidad and Tobago,” Marshall said. 

Thursday’s match will be broadcast live on Flow Channel 99. 

Kick off time for the TT vs Nicaragua game is 7pm.

Video: - T&T Senior Team arrives in Panama City