T&T without Guerra, Jones for Thailand friendly

By October 12, 2018
T&T head coach Dennis Lawrence. T&T head coach Dennis Lawrence.

The Trinidad and Tobago team will be without experienced campaigners Ataullah Guerra and Joevin Jones ahead of a friendly international against Thailand on Sunday.

The 30-year-old Guerra, who currently plies his trade for the Charleston Battery, withdrew from the squad due to work permit issues.  The 27-year-old Jones, who plies his trade for Bundesliga 2 club Darmstadt 98, pulled out of the squad after citing personal reasons and a need to ‘regroup’.

The team's head coach Dennis Lawrence, while admitting that he understood the decision taken by Guerra, said he was disappointed with Jones’ reasons for missing the match and particularly the last-minute nature of the announcement.

“We will be short two players.  Ataullah Guerra for work permit issues will not be able to travel outside of the US, which was only found out when he actually went to check-in desk at the US for his flight to come to Bangkok.  So we had a slight issue with that but in the end I think it was the right decision for him not to travel because we couldn’t take the risk with his personal situation,” Lawrence told TTFA media.

“Then we had the situation with Joevin Jones, where Joevin indicated at the last moment that for personal reasons, emotionally, physically and mentally he was not in the right place. He did not feel he would be any help to the team and did not want to travel for the trip,” he added.

“As much as I understood [Jones] and I will try to support the player to ensure he is back to where he should be.  I was really disappointed with the timing of it because he had enough time and he could have allowed us to be informed way in advance before we purchased the ticket. So now we are left short.”

 

 

Kwesi Mugisa

Kwesi has been a sports journalist with more than 10-years’ experience in the field. First as a Sports Reporter with The Gleaner in the early 2000s before he made the almost natural transition to becoming an editor. Since then he has led the revamp of The Star’s sports offering, making it a more engaging and forward-thinking component of the most popular tabloid newspaper in the Caribbean.

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