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« on: November 17, 2023, 03:33:56 PM »
Warriors keeper Denzil Smith transfers to Point Fortin Civic in TTPFL
By Roneil Walcott (T&T Newsday)

Trinidad and Tobago men's football team goalkeeper Denzil "Peng" Smith has transferred from Tiger Tanks Club Sando to Heritage Petroleum Point Fortin Civic ahead of the second T&T Premier Football League (TTPFL) season which starts on November 24. The move was confirmed on Thursday by the TTPFL and representatives from Civic.

Smith, 24, played with W Connection in the inaugural TTPFL season which ran from March to June 2023. He then transferred to the third-placed Club Sando who competed in the Concacaf Caribbean Club Shield tournament in August. Smith was a member of the Sando team which finished third in the Caribbean Shield tournament. Sando were unable to book their spot in the Concacaf Caribbean tournament which saw TTPFL representation from the league's top two teams Defence Force and AC Port of Spain.

The agile Smith was a standout at the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) level with Shiva Boys Hindu College, helping the South school to the premier division and national intercol titles in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Smith has shown his ability on the international scene this year since making his Soca Warriors debut back in March in friendly action versus Jamaica. Smith has made six appearances for T&T, and he has now emerged as coach Angus Eve's number one option between the sticks after being an unused substitute at the 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup. Smith was the starting goalkeeper in T&T's four group matches in the ongoing 2023/24 cycle of the Concacaf Nations League (CNL) A tournament. He pulled off a number of fine saves in T&T's dramatic 3-2 win away to El Salvador at the Nacional Jorge Magico Gonzalez Stadium in the CNL group stages on September 10.

Smith is a member of the 23-man T&T team which is in the midst of a home-and-away quarter-final tie with CNL defending champions US. The second leg of the quarter-final will be held at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo on Monday night.

Smith's new club, Civic, finished seventh on the 12-team TTFPL table last season and were ousted at the semi-final stage of the TTPFL knockout cup by eventual champions Defence Force. The Point Fortin club will begin the upcoming TTPFL season on November 26 when they host Terminix La Horquetta Rangers at the Mahaica Sporting Complex.
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Re: Denzil Smith Thread
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2023, 03:44:05 PM »
Goalkeeper Denzil Smith lauds breakout year, still hunts Copa qualifcation
By Jonathan Ramnanansingh (T&T Newsday)

Rising Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Denzil Smith never thought 2023 would have been such a progressive year for his athletic career.

The 24-year-old earned his first country appearance with the senior team in March, and has since, been a standout performer for the red, white and black.

After two heroic performances for T&T between the sticks against the US in the Concacaf Nations League quarter-finals over the past week, hes bumped his caps up to eight.

What he also did, was bravely and boldly stake claim as frontrunner to become T&Ts next number one goalie.

The soft-spoken Smith came up big on both occasions against the US, and despite losing the first leg 3-0, it could have been much worse for the Soca Warriors, had he not delivered a fearless display.

Similarly, in Mondays second leg, in which T&T triumphed 2-1, Smith pulled out all the stops to ensure his nation eked out a crucial, confidence-building victory.

I always wanted this chance (to play for the senior team) and I waited for it for a long time. Its a great feeling going out there to play against a big team and country. I feel great, to be honest, said the Santa Flora native.

Hes been around the national setup for some time now and hailed the likes of now-retired custodian Marvin Phillip and still in-action goalies Andre Foncette and Canadian-based Nicklas Frenderup as big motivators in his growing career.

Being around the national team for a while, I can say that these guys taught me a lot and Im thankful for that, he said.

During his Concacaf Nations League campaign, which T&T were knocked out of in the quarter-finals on Monday, Smith said a chance to play in the prestigious 2024 Copa America, alongside the likes of world champions Argentina and Brazil, served as fuel to be the best he could.

And even though T&Ts loss of the home and away legs eliminated them from the Nations League semis and automatic Copa qualification, the Soca Warriors have one last chance to make it to the CONMEBOL tourney, when they play Canada for one of two final Copa spots, in March 2024.

This comes after Canada lost out to Jamaica, over two legs, on Tuesday night. T&T take on Canada at Toyota Stadium in Texas, on March 23.

The other quarter-final losers, Honduras and Costa Rica, also play each other for the final Copa spot.

Throughout the Nations League tourney, Smith had his eyes set on stopping shots from Argentina captain Lionel Messi and currently injured Brazilian star, Neymar dos Santos.

What really motivated me during the Nations League was that chance to play in Copa America. I really want to play there and I know my teammates also want to play there so that was our main driving force over the past few games.

Domestically, Smith played with W Connection in the inaugural T&T Premier Football League (TTPFL) season (March to June 2023).

At the conclusion, he transferred to the third-placed Tiger Tanks Club Sando, which competed in the Concacaf Caribbean Club Shield tournament in August. Smith helped them to a credible third place in the Caribbean Shield.

However, Smith was on the move again soon after, and only last week, confirmed he would be suiting up with the yellow and black of Heritage Petroleum Point Fortin Civic FC for the new TTPFL season, which kicks off on Friday. Hes also been named captain of the South team.

Looking ahead at the new season, Smith wants to put back Point Fortin people on the map.

He added, I want to keep as much clean sheets as I can and help the (Point Fortin) boys to come and join me in the national team. I also want to help this side to qualify for the Concacaf tournaments. It will do wonders for the club

Reflecting on his decorated year between the sticks for both club and country, Smith dedicates every game to his brother, who passed away some years ago.

My family is always behind me no matter what. My brother passed away a few years ago and everything Im doing here today is for him. I really want T&T to qualify for the Copa American and, honestly, I want to get a big contract outside (of T&T).
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