Eve selects 20-man Squad for King’s Cup

Trinidad and Tobago head coach Angus Eve announced a 20-man squad on Wednesday for the upcoming King’s Cup in Thailand.

The contingent is scheduled to arrive in Bangkok on September 19th, and the tournament will get going on September 22. T&T will play Tajikistan in the first semi-final on September 22, while Thailand and Malaysia will feature in the other semi. The final and third-place playoff will be played September 25.

T&T Squad

Ajani Fortune (Atlanta FC), Alvin Jones (Madison FC), Andre Fortune (Nomme Kalju FC), Anthony Herbert (Haka FC), Aubrey David (Liga Deportivo Alajuelense), Daniel Phillips (St Johnstone FC), Jesse Williams (Pittsburgh Riverhounds), John-Paul Rochford (Sure Sports FC), Judah Garcia (AEK Athens)

Kareem Moses (Vaasan Palloseura), Kevin Molino (Columbus Crew), Leston Paul (Memphis 901), Levi Garcia (AEK Athens), Marvin Phillip (Deportivo Point Fortin), Neveal Hackshaw (Indy Eleven), Nicklas Frenderup (Ranheim), Noah Powder (FC Tulsa), Reon Moore (Club Social Y Deportivo), Sheldon Bateau (KSK Beveren).

“It’s extremely difficult and I have always been very vocal about it from the standpoint that I have played most of my career locally and would have still been a member of the national team, so I wanted to afford the local guys the same benefits,” Eve said when asked about the lack of domestic football and the player’s ability to vie for selection

“We tried to have a two-week camp similar to when we went to the Gold Cup, where I and my staff brought the players up to a good level of match-fitness that we were able to compete at that tournament. So I wanted to do the same thing here, unfortunately, the financial situation in the FA did not permit me to have that type of environment for the guys, so basically, no fault of ours, we had to pick primarily players from outside.

‘There were guys who did really well at the recently-concluded Ascension Football League, we wanted some of those guys in the squad also but we couldn’t train with them, so the financial side has hampered the work that we wanted to do,” Eve explained.

“But generally I am pleased with the selection we’ve come up with. It’s a good opportunity to regroup, to travel, to experience the conditions and the competition in Thailand. We are of course building towards the 2026 World Cup qualification and the next set of Nations League matches in early 2023.”