Footballers off for Martinique clash today

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.