By Shaun Fuentes
Forward Andre Toussaint says the current Trinidad and Tobago Senior team will be aiming to produce a tidy as possible performance in Sunday’s friendly international against India at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain from 5pm.
Toussaint is one of the senior members in Otto Pfister’s squad which has been in training for the past few weeks. Toussaint was a member of the last national team to participate in a Concacaf Gold Cup back in 2007 and was part of the team during the 2010 World Cup Qualifiers. One of his highlighted moments included a neat combination with Dwight Yorke in the build up to Keon Daniel’s brilliant strike in 1-1 draw with Guatemala at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
“At this present time we are working on to get things right for the game against India. We haven’t played a game since the coach arrived here so it’s an occasion everyone is looking forward to,” Toussaint said on Monday.
” We have to be careful also because we haven’t played before with this current team so we may not be at our sharpest in terms of the chemistry but we will definitely be aiming to put on the best performance possible. And India may be better and more popular in cricket but I’m sure they will be worked up for the match and will be capable of doing well.
“The coach has been paying close attention to the local players because he wants to bring us up to a certain level,” added the former US-based Charleston Battery and W Connection striker.
“I am not certain of being in the team and I know I have to work hard and prove myself because the striking department is a tough one. We have some good players in that position so I can only do my part by working hard and let the coach do his job with the final selection.”
Toussaint is contracted to Joe Public but will not run out for them in the upcoming TT Pro League season following the club’s drop out last week.
“It’s a bit of a blow but I will be looking to see what is the best possible option for me leading up to the start of the league,” he added.
Pfister conducted a 90 minute session at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium on Monday morning and welcomed back ex-Holland based striker Darryl Roberts in the squad after the player had been on trial in the USA with Portland Timbers.
The Indian team will arrive in Port of Spain on Wednesday evening. Pfister’s next session will be on Thursday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium and the team will go into camp at the Crowne Plaza on the same day.