The Soca Warriors beat French Guiana on Tuesday, earning the right to play in Group A of the CONCACAF Gold Cup with Mexico, Curacao and EL Salvador, starting with the Mexicans on Saturday. After beating Montserrat handsomely (6-1), Trinidad and Tobago needed kicks from the spot to get past the French territory team in what was a physical game. Some players spent for time lying on the pitch than actually playing football, and Judah Garcia and captain Khaleem Hyland were both substituted in the first half. Playmaker Duane Muckette, who took care of the “number 10” shirt in the absence of Kevin Molino during the World Cup Qualifiers, said “it wasn’t the prettiest game, but in football, these games come around. We have to show character. We dug deep and we got the victory. I am very happy about it.”
Having struggled in June’s World Cup qualifier against Bahamas, who are ranked 201, resulting in our elimination of the World Cup campaign, the Soca Warriors have a lot of digging to do and a lot of character to show. The first match is against mighty Mexico who are ranked 11. Now if we couldn’t beat a team ranked 201 and needed penalties against French Guiana ( albiet they don’t have a ranking because of being territory of France), how will they face Mexico. Muckette, like coach Eve and fellow players Curtis Gonzales and Alvin Jones, is not fazed by the upcoming match and other teams in the group. He told TTFA media that “every good team needs to look forward to these games, these are the serious games, these are the opponents that we players dream to play against. Me personally, I am excited to play, I know it’s not going to be easy. I know we have to prepare specifically for these games, but it is just something we can come up for and try to do our best”.