• search

Veteran Latapy faces battle for Trinidad place

Written by: Staff
|

WUEMME, Germany, June 6 (Reuters) Russell Latapy will have to fight for the chance to weave his magic at the World Cup, the veteran Trinidad and Tobago striker said today.

The ''little magician'', scorer of 28 goals in 66 appearances, is not certain of a starting place in his country's opening Group B game against Sweden on Saturday.

''I really don't know, competition is very tough for places,'' the 37-year-old Latapy told reporters.

''All I can do is try and do my best to prove myself. It is up to the coach after that.'' Latapy retired from international football in 2001 before returning to the fold last September, marking his comeback with a goal in a 3-2 qualifying win over Guatemala.

He had previously turned down two requests to return before captain Dwight Yorke persuaded him to change his mind.

''To play in the World Cup is the highlight for any player, and at my age, it is even more sweet,'' Latapy said.

The dreadlocked player-coach of Scottish club Falkirk smokes 10 cigarettes a day, a habit he is happy to keep.

''It is something I choose to do and it has never affected my performance,'' Latapy said.

''I don't smoke a lot and never in the public domain or in front of the team at training or the like.'' After the game against Sweden in Dortmund, World Cup debutants Trinidad play England on June 15 in Nuremberg before rounding off the first round against Paraguay in Kaiserslautern five days later.

REUTERS DH BST2156

For Daily Alerts

For Breaking News from Oneindia
Get instant news updates throughout the day.

Notification Settings X
Time Settings
Done
Clear Notification X
Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
Settings X

Loksabha Results

PartyLWT
BJP+104249353
CONG+296089
OTH8119100

Arunachal Pradesh

PartyLWT
BJP81523
CONG123
OTH347

Sikkim

PartyLWT
SKM3811
SDF5510
OTH000

Odisha

PartyLWT
BJD1090109
BJP23023
OTH14014

Andhra Pradesh

PartyLWT
YSRCP6782149
TDP121325
OTH101

-
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more