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NEWLY selected national goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh is excited to be part of the Soca Warriors squad for tomorrow’s crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Guatemala.

Ranjitsingh, born in Canada to a Trinidadian father, has been included in the 24-man squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala and USA.

Trinidad and Tobago will play Guatemala at the Hasely Crawford Stadium from 7.06 pm tomorrow before travelling to Jacksonville, Florida where they will tackle USA on Tuesday.

A draw against Guatemala tomorrow will earn TT a spot in the final round of qualifying.

Ranjitsingh is looking forward to the experience of representing T&T. He said, “it means a lot especially since my father was born here. I am excited to be able to represent his country because it’s really close to my heart and it’s something that my whole family would be proud of.” Ranjitsingh plays for Louisville City FC in the United Soccer League where he was scouted by the national team led by coach Stephen Hart.

“Coach Hart reached out to me a couple months ago saying that he has been watching me and he had some scouts watching me play. I knew if I kept playing at the level I was back at my club that eventually things would fall into place so I am definitely excited to get the call up and looking forward to the games.” The goalkeeper explained that he was fortunate to get a lot of first team action following the suspension of the club’s first choice goalkeeper.

“Our (first team) goalkeeper had a red card and a suspension and I stepped in and did well. The coach decided to keep me in and I have held on to the starting spot since then.” Ranjitsingh is happy the whole squad is now together and said the team is full of quality.

“It is good that the whole squad is together here in Trinidad now. All the guys are in from overseas along with the local guys. It has been great to integrate with the guys and build some chemistry and I think the squad is looking good with a lot of quality and I am happy to be part of it.” Midfielder Kevin Molino said the team is going into tomorrow’s contest with an aim to seal a place in the final round of qualifying.

Molino stated, “first and foremost we are not going to take the game lightly. We have a job to finish and we need to go out there and work hard and continue sticking together as a team and build on the last performance.

We need to keep going and fight to the very end.”