After Tuesday night’s 2-1 loss, Trinidad and Tobago go after Nicaragua in the second international friendly on Friday night, hoping for a reversal of form.
The match begins at 8.30 pm at the National Football Stadium in Managua.
The national team lost the first match 2-1 on Tuesday night, with Defence Force forward Hashim Arcia getting the lone second-half goal for the visitors. New national coach Tom Saintfiet will have the option of selecting US-based midfielder Kevan George, and W Connection’s Aikim Andrews, who arrived in Managua on Wednesday night.
Andrews trained with the rest of the squad on Thursday morning at the game venue while George trained both on Wednesday and Thursday. However, defender Aubrey David sat out Thursday’s session with a slight ankle injury.
T&T are preparing for Gold Cup play-off matches on January 4 and 8 against Suriname and Haiti at the Ato Boldon Stadium. Haiti is currently in Trinidad engaged in a training camp ahead of those matches.
Saintfiet indicated that he could make changes to the starting team for Friday’s game.
“There could be some tactical changes, because Kevan George is now in and Aikim Andrews also arrived from Trinidad. The aim is still to prepare the team for Suriname and Haiti and then later, Panama and Mexico, The main target is not a result but a good preparation, as we have to qualify for Gold Cup and World Cup,” Saintfiet added.
He stated, “But it would be nice that for our players, for the hard work that they have put in, the discipline and commitment they have, will get a good result on Friday. I really hope this for the boys because they have done everything for the country. Until now, I think the players who played on Tuesday and the others will do everything to be ready.”