T&T’s senior men’s football team will arrive in Fort-de-France today ahead of Friday's CONCACAF Nations League qualifier against Martinique.
Coach Dennis Lawrence is expected to conduct a final training session at the match venue this evening before going after a positive start to their campaign, which will continue on Monday with an encounter against their counterparts (Martinique) at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo from 9 pm.
The T&T team will also meet Honduras in T&T on October 10 and then away on November 17.
The matches will serve as qualifiers for the CONCACAF Nations League Finals next year, and now have more significance after CONCACAF announced Wednesday, that the current phase of matches will also be qualifiers for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
T&T will earn a Gold Cup berth if they top the three-team group or even finish as runner-up. If they finish, however, they will be required to face a play-off.
The new centralized men’s national team competition represents a new era of national team football for the Confederation, Concacaf stated, and further added that after the group play in the Nations League on November 2019, the top two teams from each of the four League A groups will qualify directly to the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup.
The third-place finishers in League A which involves T&T, the second-place finishers in League B and the first-place finishers in League C will advance to a two-round qualifier, to be played in March and June of 2020.
For the first round of the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup Qualifiers, the second-place finishers of League B will face the first-place finishers of League C in March of 2020.
After the home-and-away play, the four matchup winners will advance to the second round, where they will face the third-place finishers of League A in June of 2020. The four matchups winners of Round two will qualify to the 2021 Gold Cup.
For the FIFA Men’s World Ranking, all 2019-2020 Concacaf Nations League matches will be granted a coefficient score which corresponds to qualification matches to a Confederations final competition, rather than friendly international matches played during FIFA International Match Calendar window.
Meanwhile, Canadian-based forward Ryan Telfer has earned a call-up to the T&T team and will be looking to make an early impact.
The former Fatima College player is currently with York 9 FC in the Canadian Premier League, on loan from MLS club Toronto FC which he has already bagged his first goal.