T&T coach worried over fitness ahead of Wales test

By March 09, 2019
Dennis Lawrence taking the Trinidad and Tobago national senior team through their paces. Dennis Lawrence taking the Trinidad and Tobago national senior team through their paces.

Trinidad and Tobago coach Dennis Lawrence is concerned that his team may not be as match sharp as it should be ahead of a friendly international against Wales at the end of this month. 

Wales, 74 places above the Soca Warriors on the FIFA rankings, are serious opponents with the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey among their ranks. With that kind of firepower, Lawrence wants his players to be at their best, but he doesn’t think that is likely.

“I think we all understand how difficult it is because we have been out for a long period of time without any competitive games,” said Lawrence.

With that in mind, the former T&T international has gone on a fitness drive with his players, and hopes the team is up to scratch by March 24.

“So the idea was to try and start a training programme as quick as possible to try and get them up to any level.

“The emphasis over the last week has been to get them some sort of fitness…. so we are still a little bit in the volume stage but we have to get them integrated with the football as quick as possible; because we are going to play against players that have had twenty five games in the English Premier League plus,” he said.

Lawrence has also made sure to pick as first choice, players who are in the middle of active seasons.

“[Players in season] are going to be one of the main contributors in the squad selection,” said Lawrence. “I don’t think we got too many who are in season and I think, if we take away the boys who are in Saudi Arabia, [we have] Joevin [Jones] who is involved in Germany [and] Levi [Garcia] who is in Israel.

“Apart from that I think everyone else is in pre-season [or] off season.”

Bearing that in mind, Lawrence believes the encounter is “not going to be easy.”

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