Jones backs T&T to qualify for WCup

October 11, 2016
Kenwyne Jones


A positive start, mental strength and a complete team effort is what Trinidad and Tobago will need in order to make it out of a tough CONCACAF fifth round and qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, says captain Kenwyne Jones.

T&T will clash with confederation giants United States and Mexico, along with Panama, Honduras and Costa Rica, in a six-team round-robin qualifying final round starting next month, as they bid for one of the three automatic berths at the FIFA showpiece.

"We want to be able to start off quickly and positively and try to pick up the maximum points at home against whoever we play and try and pick up points away, because the entire campaign is about strategy," the former Stoke City and Swansea City frontman told the Guardian newspaper.

Soca Warriors will play Grenada in an international friendly on March 19.

"Going into places like Mexico, Costa Rica and Honduras is not easy for anybody. These countries are not as welcoming as us, and it's a tough battle. I don't think a lot of the players have experienced that.

"So it's going to be a brand-new experience and one that is going to take a lot of mental strength from us, and we are looking forward to the challenge."

T&T were one of the more impressive sides in the fourth round of qualifying, suffering a single defeat as they finished second in Group C on 11 points, two shy of group winners United States.

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