Trinidad and Tobago draw against the Bahamas, Nicaragua and “Vincy Heat” in the Concacaf Nations League

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The Trinidad and Tobago senior men’s national team reunited with the Bahamas as the two nations met tonight in Group C of the second tier of the 2022-23 Concacaf Nations League.

The two League B nations are grouped with Nicaragua and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in Group C. The winner will be promoted to League A, the top tier of Concacaf competition while the bottom team will advance in League C.

Pictured: Trinidad and Tobago striker Levi Garcia celebrates a last-minute equalizer against Guyana during an exhibition match at Hasely Crawford Stadium on March 29, 2022.
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The League of Nations kicks off in June and fixtures are now imminent.

Top of the Nations League draw, Jamaica’s ‘Reggae Boyz’ were grouped with Mexico and Suriname in League A Group A while Grenada drew inaugural champions USA and El Salvador in the group C.

Costa Rica, Panama and Martinique are in Group B and Canada, Honduras and Curaçao are in Group C of the first tier of the Confederation.

Elsewhere in Concacaf’s second tier, Guyana, coached by Jamaal Shabazz, were partnered with Haiti, Bermuda and Montserrat in League B Group B. And Barbados, led by Russell Latapy, are in Group A of League B alongside Cuba, Guadeloupe and Antigua and Barbuda.

In Concacaf’s third and final tier, C League coaches of Trinidad and Tobago, Rajesh Latchoo and Stern John, will face off again in charge of Dominica and Anguilla respectively.

Pictured: Guyanese playmaker Nathan Moriah-Welch (second from right) attempts to orchestrate an attack as Trinidad and Tobago defender Jesse Williams (right) watches during an exhibition match at Hasely Crawford Stadium on March 29, 2022.
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Dominica and Anguilla are in Group C of League C with Saint Lucia. Only one of these three nations will move up to League B.

Latchoo’s Dominica beat John’s Anguilla 3-0 in the 2022 World Cup qualifying series in Qatar.

Saint Kitts and Nevis, who advanced to the second round of the 2022 World Cup playoffs at the expense of Trinidad and Tobago, top League C Group B, which includes Aruba and Saint Martin.

The Soca Warriors were eliminated from the Qatar qualifiers after failing to defeat the Bahamas, then ranked 201st in the world, in Nassau on June 5, 2021.

Trinidad and Tobago’s costly draw at Nassau led to then-coach Terry Fenwick being replaced by current boss Angus Eve. The fact that the Warriors and the Bahamas are in the same sphere is due to a third coach, Dennis Lawrence, who oversaw T&T’s relegation from League A in 2019.

Pictured: Trinidad and Tobago winger Levi Garcia (right) battles Bahamas left-back Lesly St Fleur during 2022 World Cup qualifying in Nassau on June 5, 2021.
St Fleur is also captain of the Bahamas beach soccer team.
(via TTFA Media)

Eve now knows the teams that oppose Trinidad and Tobago’s return to the top tier. Nicaragua, ranked 144th in the world by Fifa but a regular and organized group, are the most obvious challengers.

Trinidad and Tobago have never lost to Nicaragua although the two nations have rarely met on the football field. Since their first meeting in 1967, the Warriors have managed two wins and a draw.

The Warriors lost 1-0 in their last meeting with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, a friendly in 2019. However, there had been four wins and one draw before that in their clashes between 2006 and 2016 , while Trinidad and Tobago’s overall record against ‘Vincy Heat’ reads eight wins, five losses and one draw.

Trinidad and Tobago and the Bahamas have met only once, and the resulting goalless draw was the minnows’ only point in their entire competition.

Eve’s troops will want to deal with it soon.

Pictured: Trinidad and Tobago coach Angus Eve cheers on his troops during an exhibition match against Barbados at Hasely Crawford Stadium on March 25, 2022.
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Concacaf Nations League

League A

group A: Mexico, Jamaica, Suriname;

Group B: Costa Rica, Panama, Martinique;

Group C: Canada, Honduras, Curaçao;

Group D: United States, El Salvador, Grenada.

Pictured: Jamaican winger Leon Bailey (left) crosses the ball as USA playmaker Christian Pulisic looks on.
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League B

group A: Cuba, Guadeloupe, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados;

Group B: Haiti, Bermuda, Guyana, Montserrat;

Group C: Trinidad and TobagoNicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Bahamas;

Group D: Guatemala, French Guiana, Dominican Republic, Belize.

Pictured: Trinidad and Tobago playmaker Kevin Molino (left) looks for options as Salvadoran midfielder Narciso Orellana tries to keep up the pace during Gold Cup action at Toyota Stadium in Frisco on July 14, 2021.
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C-League (13 teams)

group A: Bonaire, Turks and Caicos Islands, US Virgin Islands, Sint Maarten,

Group B: Saint Kitts and Nevis, Aruba, Saint Martin,

Group C: Saint Lucia, Dominica, Anguilla;

Group D: Puerto Rico, Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands.

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