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Published:Friday | September 11, 2015 | 9:00 AM
Chanderpaul

ABFA boss unhappy with early exit

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):

Antigua and Barbuda FA (ABFA) president, Everton Gonsalves, has lamented the national team's elimination from the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and said the team possessed enough quality to have reached the fourth round.

Playing in the third round of the CONCACAF qualifying round, Antigua crashed to a 2-0 defeat in Guatemala City on Tuesday night, to see their 1-0 win here last Friday dramatically overturned.

"When I look at the goals, there were two simple mistakes defensively, and that cost us the game," the Antigua Observer newspaper here quoted Gonsalves as saying.

"At this level you have to be on your game, especially playing in Guatemala."

'Shiv still has role to play'

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):

Guyana Jaguars head coach Esuan Crandon believes veteran former Test left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul still has a pivotal role to play in the first class set up, and says he plans to explore using his vast experience to benefit the side in the upcoming season.

Chanderpaul was sacked by West Indies selectors last May bringing to an end a Test career that yielded 11,867 runs from 164 Tests.

However, the 41-year-old is yet to quit international cricket and Crandon said the icon would be an "asset" for Jaguars in their Professional Cricket League campaign.

"As far as I am aware, Shiv still wants to play for Guyana at regional first-class level. He is as fit as most of the younger guys and when he comes back I will sit with him to discuss what he wants and how he can help Guyana's cricket," Crandon told Kaiteur News.

Hart: Tough campaign ahead

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):

Trinidad and Tobago head coach Stephen Hart is bracing for a tough campaign when the Soca Warriors start their bid to reach the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

T&T will join the CONCACAF qualifying tournament at the fourth round which kicks off in November and will take on the likes of powerhouses United States, tough Central American nation Guatemala and St Vincent and the Grenadines, in Group C.

"The opening two games are extremely tricky as we have to travel to Guatemala and then travel to play USA at home [in Port of Spain] which takes away one day of preparation. But we'll deal with it," Hart said.

"I think right now everyone is very aware of what it will take and our first priority is starting well and securing our place in the final round of qualification and then we take it from there," he added.