English-born striker Bobby Zamora of Premiership club, Fulham received his T&T passport yesterday at the T&T/UK High Commission in London and looks set to be included in Soca Warriors coach Russell Latapy’s squad for Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier against El Salvador.
Bolton Wanderers left back, Jlloyd Samuel who was born in San Fernando is due to receive his passport today (Friday) and will also be among the foreign-based players to be named by Latapy for the match against the Central Americans at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo from 8pm.
Today, the 40-year-old Latapy will continue training with the locally-based players on the Hasely Crawford Stadium Training Field, Mucurapo and is expected to have the availability of the players from Clico San Juan Jabloteh. The W Connection national players are expected to arrive from the USA tomorrow morning (Saturday) after beating New York Red Bulls 2-1 on Wednesday to reach the Concacaf Champions League group stages 4-3 on aggregate. The W Connection players who will miss today’s session include two-goal hero against Red Bulls, Andre Toussaint, Hughtun Hector, Marvin Phillip and Clyde Leon (W Connection).
Goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams is expected to be available for training after arriving early this morning from New York with some of the W Connection team officials while Jabloteh midfielder Ataullah Guerra is uncertain after playing for his club in the Concacaf Champions League last night at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella.
Forme England-based defender, out-of-contract Dennis Lawrence is already here and was involved in Wednesday 2-0 win over the T&T Under-20 team in a practice match.
Meanwhile, with his squad set to face Colombia tonight in Houston, El Salvador coach Carlos De Los Cobos has stressed on the importance of a victory next Wednesday against T&T. The Central American coach and has advised his players to play intelligently against the “Soca Warriors”. Despite being ahead of T&T by three points, De Los Cobos feels that the game could spell either the end or the turn around in either team’s chances of advancing to South Africa 2010.