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Newsday : TT vs Mexico World Cup qualifiers on
« on: May 01, 2009, 12:17:12 AM »


By CLINT CHAN TACK Friday, May 1 2009
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SPORTS MINISTER Gary Hunt yesterday remained hopeful that Trinidad and Tobago’s 2010 World Cup qualifiers against CONCACAF powerhouse Mexico will not be affected by the swine flu virus which has killed 159 persons in that country.

The “Soca Warriors” are scheduled to play the Tri Color in Mexico City on June 10 and again in Port-of-Spain on October 14.

Addressing the post-Cabinet news conference at the Prime Minister’s Diplomatic Centre in St Ann’s, Hunt said no discussions have taken place about postponing either of these matches because of the outbreak of swine flu in Mexico which has since spread to other countries.

The minister said whether those games proceed as planned depends on talks between the World Health Organisation (WHO), FIFA, the TT and Mexican football federations.

“Certainly we would hope that things would proceed as normal so that we could qualify for next year’s World Cup,” he said.

The Warriors’ next World Cup qualifier is against Costa Rica here on June 6. Currently, the situation in Mexico is bleak with their government indicating they were unable to host the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Confederation (CCCAN) Aquatic Championships carded for June 28 to July 5.

President of CCCAN, Orban Mendoza said “It is impossible to determine or guarantee the start of CCCAN Championships in Mexico City due to the risk that exists in contracting the virus.”

He added “It is for this reason that regrettably the CCCAN executive committee has cancelled these Championships in Mexico City and Cuernavaca, Mexico.”

The CCCAN executive committee has set a May 10 deadline for one of the member federations to host all of some of the five disciplines which are; swimming, synchronised swimming, water polo, open water swimming and diving. On Tuesday the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT) held discussions about finding a solution to the debacle with other federations working feverishly to find a solution. ASATT has deferred selections of its team managers pending a solution to the situation.

On Wednesday, the TT Under-17 team was cleared by the Health Ministry to go home, after they returned home from Mexico. The team had been participating in the CONCACAF Under-17 when the swine flu virus outbreak took place there.

Hunt also said preparations for this country’s hosting of the inaugural Caribbean Games in July were on schedule and within budget.

The minister said over 1,200 athletes have already registered to participate in these games.
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Re: Newsday : TT vs Mexico World Cup qualifiers on
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2009, 01:05:59 AM »
Geezanages.....why de hell don't they start using stronger language de flippin swim meet already canceled
that game should be moved to a lower altitude stadium....

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Re: Newsday : TT vs Mexico World Cup qualifiers on
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2009, 02:54:46 AM »
even more possible is that home and away games may be switched
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Re: Newsday : TT vs Mexico World Cup qualifiers on
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2009, 05:55:18 AM »
even more possible is that home and away games may be switched

Yes, I believe that, would be the fair thing to do. I dont think Mexico should lose any homefield advantage because of the current outbreak. In fact, when Jmaica was hit by Hurricane last year, they agreed with Mexico to reverse the fixtures.

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Re: Newsday : TT vs Mexico World Cup qualifiers on
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2009, 06:18:22 AM »
even more possible is that home and away games may be switched
Makes lot of sense to do that. we would actually benefit by having back to back home games.
Somebody tell JW quick on the down low, so He could say t'was his idea.
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Re: Newsday : TT vs Mexico World Cup qualifiers on
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2009, 08:04:39 AM »
We want NO reverse fixtures at all at all.

Cut out that talk one time.

(Health risks aside and from a footballing perspective only)

1) Let Mexico shift the venue from the Azteca and give us a better chance.

2) Our home game to Mexico (winnable and the last game of the campaign) is a must home game. Mexico will have already qualified and/or TT will know exactly what to do. They might send a 2nd string squad.

We are not giving up point #2 just so without a fight. That is we Ace in hand.

Switching fixtures and giving us the home game now come like yuh standing up on a Bare Jack in All fours...you MIGHT get thru...but the points not guaranteed and yuh likely to get bull.



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Re: Newsday : TT vs Mexico World Cup qualifiers on
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2009, 08:13:17 AM »
1) Let Mexico shift the venue from the Azteca and give us a better chance.

I agree this game is all about protecting goal difference, hopefully we can collect less than 7 in another stadium

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Re: Newsday : TT vs Mexico World Cup qualifiers on
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2009, 03:12:35 PM »
We want NO reverse fixtures at all at all.

Cut out that talk one time.

(Health risks aside and from a footballing perspective only)

1) Let Mexico shift the venue from the Azteca and give us a better chance.

2) Our home game to Mexico (winnable and the last game of the campaign) is a must home game. Mexico will have already qualified and/or TT will know exactly what to do. They might send a 2nd string squad.

We are not giving up point #2 just so without a fight. That is we Ace in hand.

Switching fixtures and giving us the home game now come like yuh standing up on a Bare Jack in All fours...you MIGHT get thru...but the points not guaranteed and yuh likely to get bull.



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Re: Newsday : TT vs Mexico World Cup qualifiers on
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2009, 04:57:38 PM »
Next thing yuh go hear is swine flu help Soca Warriors qualify.......... ;D

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Re: Newsday : TT vs Mexico World Cup qualifiers on
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2009, 05:00:08 PM »
Next thing yuh go hear is swine flu help Soca Warriors qualify.......... ;D

They're going to say JW released the flu on purpose to allow SW to qualify.

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Re: Newsday : TT vs Mexico World Cup qualifiers on
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2009, 05:16:07 PM »
Playing Mexico in Azteca will be probems for us. Pray they don't use that ground. The team needs to try and draw this game somehow. It is possible. Joe Public defeated Adelante in Mexico before playing crap in the return leg at the MLS. Also, remeber how the team performed in Mexico when Beenhakker was in charge of the team. We ned to play at that level somehow to have a chance or defend like never before.

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Re: Newsday : TT vs Mexico World Cup qualifiers on
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2009, 07:13:58 PM »
Next thing yuh go hear is swine flu help Soca Warriors qualify.......... ;D

They're going to say JW released the flu on purpose to allow SW to qualify.


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