Grenada primed for T&T test

Grenada (pictured) trains for a trio of upcoming matches, including a friendly against visiting Trinidad & Tobago on March 19, 2016. (Photo courtesy of the Grenada Football Association)

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Grenada hosts Trinidad & Tobago on Saturday in a friendly hoping that the occasion provides a springboard for success ahead of the opening round of qualifying in the CFU Caribbean Cup.

The Spice Boys have not played a full international since being eliminated from 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying by Haiti last September. Head coach Andrew Munro believes that the encounter at the Grenada Athletics Stadium will test his players, especially with CFU Group 2 games against St. Maarten (March 25, home) and the US Virgin Islands (March 29, away) quickly approaching.

“We will go out there and do what we have to do and try to win the game and, at the same time, we will get the opportunity to see our players,” Munro told CONCACAF.com. “It will be a good time to have a look at them because since we played last, we have not played a game again.

“The most important game is the game on Tuesday against St. Maarten.”

With the objective of returning to the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first time since 2011, Grenada began training at the start of the year. Munro said that the players have been responding well.

“The preparation has been good. We have been training for over two months now,” he commented. “We have good numbers in training and players are always coming out to train. The team is made up of Grenada-based players and those who play in Trinidad. Everything has been good [in training]. We’re having no problems. The players are giving their best and so far everything is going well.”

Although Grenada may be favored to advance to the second round of Caribbean play, Munro emphasized that nobody in the group is taking anything for granted.

“At the end of the day, we have to play to win and we can’t afford to take anyone lightly,” the former Grenada international, 52, finished. “We have to go out there and give our best and win those games. We still have to keep working hard and always stay focussed. There are no easy teams. We may be favorites, but we have to go out there and prove ourselves to be favorites.”