Murciélagos winger Shahdon Winchester will come in as a replacement for captain Kevin Molino for today’s key international friendly encounter with Guyana at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Balmain Couva from 7:30pm this evening.
Molino, the scorer of one of two goals for the T&T Soca Warriors in a disappointing 2-2 tie with Grenada at the same venue on Saturday, picked up a knock that has led to coach Dennis Lawrence’s decision to let him sit out of today’s match, which will serve as part of the Warriors’ rebuilding process to conquer the Caribbean once again and prepare a strong team for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Winchester joined the Warriors’ camp on Sunday as promised, following his team’s 4-0 triumph over Atlante in the Mexican Ascenso MX.
The former W Connection striker did not score in his team’s victory on Saturday but said he will attempt to continue scoring at the international level. The stocky forward last scored for T&T in a World Cup qualifier against Mexico on October 6 in a 3-1 defeat. His inclusion will strengthen an already depleted TT team that will now have to do without the services of defenders Kevon Villaroel and Mekeil Williams, due to injury.
Meanwhile the Guyanese, nicknamed ‘The Golden Jaguars’ arrived in T&T over a week ago for the encounter with a number of familiar faces to local players and coaches in the T&T Pro League, such as Kelsey Benjamin who scored recently for Morvant Caledonia United in the National FA, goalkeeper Akil Clarke (North-East), Andrew Durant (San Juan Jabloteh) and striker Sheldon Holder of Morvant/Caledonia.
In addition Gregory Richardson and Dwayne Jacob, two ex Morvant/Caledonia players, are also in coach Wayne Dover’s team, as well as Charles Pollard, an assistant coach for Naparima College in the SSFL.
Dover yesterday said his team is in the best shape of its life and looks forward to a very friendly, yet competitive match. He noted that having players currently in the T&T pro league and those who have played in the TT top flight domestic football league in the past, will help his team understand the conditions they will be playing under, as well as the players they will be up against.