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Confident Warriors to face Tajikistan in King’s Cup opener

Quizzed on his thought about the host team, Eve said he is ex­pect­ing a very tough con­test from them

Na­tion­al foot­ball coach An­gus Eve is ex­pect­ing a con­fi­dent dis­play from 6.30 am this morn­ing when his team takes on Tajik­istan be­fore an ex­pect­ed 17,000 crowd at the Chi­ang Mai Sta­di­um in Thai­land.

It will be the open­ing match of the King’s Cup which the So­ca War­riors twice had very lit­tle suc­cess in. De­fend­er Shel­don Bateau said his team will be hop­ing to im­prove on their per­for­mances and re­sults when they last con­test­ed the tour­na­ment back in 2004 and then again in 2018.

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Eve, who could on­ly have af­ford­ed to car­ry 20 play­ers on the tour­na­ment, was on Tues­day re­duced to 19 as mid­field­er Daniel Phillips picked up a calf in­jury. He was forced to car­ry a team com­pris­ing most­ly of over­seas play­ers due to fi­nan­cial con­straints, but at a press brief­ing yes­ter­day, Eve said they are hop­ing to put things to­geth­er this tour­na­ment.

“We are in the re­build­ing stage for the last two sea­sons, so we would be con­fi­dent com­ing in­to this tour­na­ment be­cause we’ve been do­ing very well in the Na­tions League and we want to qual­i­fy for the CON­CA­CAF Gold Cup, so we feel very con­fi­dent.

“Our play­ers are with their re­spec­tive clubs and they are very fit, so we’re just hop­ing to put it to­geth­er on the day and we can put on a good per­for­mance and hope­ful­ly we could win the tour­na­ment,” Eve said.

Eve, who took the strug­gling T&T team fol­low­ing a failed World Cup cam­paign last year to the Gold Cup and looked com­pet­i­tive, is hop­ing to do the same here. His prepa­ra­tions were ham­pered by the lit­tle to no cash-flow pass­ing through the cof­fers of the T&T Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, as plans to have a live-in camp ear­li­er this month camp for the lo­cal­ly-based play­ers, shelved.

He told the lo­cal me­dia re­cent­ly that he is now de­sirous of play­ing against teams out­side of the CON­CA­CAF re­gion to en­hance play­ers’ de­vel­op­ment. He turned down in­ter­na­tion­al friend­ly match­es against Puer­to Ri­co and Grena­da in hope that his team will get an op­por­tu­ni­ty to play against a Qatar FI­FA World Cup con­tender.

Quizzed on his thought about the host team, Eve said he is ex­pect­ing a very tough con­test from them.

“We haven’t seen Thai­land play for a while, we know that they have a Brazil­ian coach, we know their style of play. The last time we were here, they played out of the back, and hav­ing a Brazil­ian coach we know that they would play the same type of pos­ses­sion-type of game, plus their game has been on the up most re­cent­ly, so we know they have a good team and a team we will have to fight hard against.”

—Wal­ter Al­ibey

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Alberto Ardila Olivares