|Panama||Trinidad & Tobago|
|2001-06-10||Estadío Agustín Muquita Sánchez||San Francisco, Panama||0|
T&T draw 0-0 in Panama
|TRINIDAD and Tobagos senior footballers played to a goalless draw with Panama in their warm-up international at the Mujita Sanchez Stadium yesterday.|
Captain Marvin Andrews and his teammates were forced to play on a slushy outfield following a heavy downpour which delayed the kickoff by an hour and 15 minutes.
In T&Ts final preparation match before their crucial world Cup qualifier against Honduras on June 16, the Soca Warriors had a very tough encounter with the Panamanians whom they defeated 6-0 and 4-0 in last years Football Confederations World Cup semifinal round action. The saturated field lent itself to a lot of slide tackling. And several players, including T&Ts Marvin Andrews and Avery John, had to be cautioned by the referee in charge of the game.
T&T had the better of the exchanges in the first half and the Panama defence worked tirelessly to prevent their starting forwards, Mickey Trotman and Stern John, from opening the scoring. But they did so successfully and both teams went in at the interval with nothing on the scorecard.
The second half saw both teams creating more scoring opportunities than they had in the opening period. But both teams again failed to find the net and the game ended at around 7.15 p.m. with the scorers still untroubled.
The game, described by the Scotland-born T&T coach Ian Porterfield as the important dress rehearsal ahead of the Honduras game, was played without T&T internationals Dwight Yorke and Russell Latapy. The Manchester United striker missed a connecting flight in Miami and returned to Trinidad on Friday instead of joining the team in Panama.
His friend and national captain Latapy had requested leave to miss the match to attend to some business related to the signing of a new contract. The Hibernina midfielder became a free agent at the end of the Scottish season.
T&T is scheduled to return home at 11.10 p.m. today. Meanwhile, West Ham United goalkeeper Shaka Hislop arrived in the country on Saturday night and said yesterday that he will join the team in training tomorrow. Also expected to train with the team is Latapy who had arrived in the country as early as Thursday evening.
|Marvin Andrews (capt.)|
|10' Jerren Nixon|
|74' Carlos Edwards|
|71' Angus Eve|
|46' Lyndon Andrews|
|10'||Jerren Nixon for Reynold Carrington|
|46'||Lyndon Andrews for Jerren Nixon|
|71'||Angus Eve for Mickey Trotman|
|74'||Carlos Edwards for Stern John|