Trinidad, Japan to play friendly

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Trinidad and Tobago will face Japan in an international friendly match on August 9 in Tokyo.

Port of Spain, Trinidad:

Trinidad and Tobago will face Japan in an international friendly match on August 9 in Tokyo, team officials said on Thursday. The game will be the first match for the Soca Warriors Wim Rijsbergen, who was appointed head coach on Tuesday. Rijsbergen replaced fellow Dutchman Leo Beenhakker, who signed a two-year contract to coach Poland. Under Beenhakker, the Caribbean nation of 1.3 million people became the smallest country to qualify for the World Cup. Trinidad failed to win a match or score a goal in the tournament but beat expectations when they held Sweden to a 0-0 draw, and kept heavily favored England goal-less for 82 minutes before losing 2-0. Japan also will be testing out a new coach at the friendly in Tokyo. Ivica Osim, who led Yugoslavia to the quarterfinals of the 1990 World Cup in Italy, has been appointed to replace Brazilian-born Zico. Both Trinidad and Japan failed to advance to the second round of the World Cup in Germany. (AP)

Topics : Football Trinidad and Tobago
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