|Morocco||Trinidad & Tobago|
|2003-09-10||Stade Harte||Marrakech, Morocco||15000|
Morocco put shutters on TT
|Goals by Merouane Chemmakh and Youssef Mokhtari were enough to give Morocco a 2-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago in a friendly international at the Stade Harti yesterday.|
In front of 15,000 vociferous supporters, the TT lads, led by Reynold Carrington, never got any sort of rhythm going against a better organised and more efficient Morocco team. Chemmakh gave the Moroccans a 35th minute lead, slamming home past TT goalkeeper Kelvin Jack after he was found unmarked in the penalty box by co-striker Jaoud Ziari. And a feeble back pass from midfielder Dale Saunders found a goal-bound Mokhtari who rounded Jack and tapped into the open net.
The English-based strike pair of Stern John (Birmingham City) and TT debutant Jason Norville (Watford) were closely marked by the home teams defence while midfielder Otis Seaton (Aurtis Whitley) spurned the visitors best chance in the 55th, hitting wide of the mark after he was sent clear by fellow San Juan Jabloteh attacker Cornell Glen. Team coach Stuart Charles Fevrier, though disappointed, put a brave face on proceedings. We still have a lot of work to do in terms of coping with the movement and intensity with the game at that level. We have to catch up on this. Morocco obviously showed their quality and experience because they controlled most areas of the game, Fevrier said. He continued: I think we can definitely gain from this experience and it is clear that we need to keep playing at this level if we are to get any better. The ten overseas pros who featured for Trinidad and Tobago will rejoin their respective clubs today while the local-based players will overnight in London before returning home tomorrow night.
|5.||Reynold Carrington (capt.)|