Soca Warriors 'opt out' Copa America qualifying game

Date: 
Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 00:00

National Football Team Captai, Kenwyne Jones says the Soca Warriors have "opted out" of a crucial January 8th match against Haiti, that would determine qualification for the Copa América Centenario tournament.

Jones says the decision was taken because of outstanding disbursement of money to team members.

He says in a statement,"We were promised months ago that a payment would be made to the boys after the last game (the World Cup Qualifier against USA in November). To date, unfortunately that arrangement has not been honoured, and based on recent discussions with the TTFA, there is no indication as to when these financial matters will be settled."

The Copa América Centenario tournament includes big teams like Brazil, Argentina, USA, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Mexico, Uraguay and Colombia.

Jones says the decision is unfortunate as the players have consistently sacrificed their personal and professional schedules to produce commendable performances over the last two years with limited resources.

He added, "Of course, we want to play. We want to represent our country to the best of our abilities. We have a talented squad that is eager to give their all. But this is also our livelihood. The conditions must change for our national athletes."