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Published:Friday | March 17, 2017 | 3:00 AM

Edwards urges T&T to take 'bull by the horns'

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):

Veteran winger Carlos Edwards has reiterated the importance of taking early initiative when Trinidad and Tobago meet Panama in the first of two crucial World Cup qualifiers starting next week.

Currently one from bottom of the CONCACAF final round of qualifiers, Trinidad will attempt to launch a comeback against Panama and then against confederation giants Mexico four days later.

"It is something where we need to take the bull by the horns. As players, we have to take responsibilities," said the 38-year-old, a member of the historic 2008 side which qualified for the World Cup in Germany.

"We know what is at hand, and we know what it takes to win a game. I can say that the guys know this. They will go out there and put their best foot forward when they cross that white line."

Mbappe gets first call up

PARIS, France (AP):

Teenage forward Kylian Mbappe has been rewarded for his scintillating club performances with Monaco with his first call up to France's national team.

The 18-year-old Mbappe, whose speed and skills have led to comparisons with France great Thierry Henry, was included yesterday in coach Didier Deschamp's squad for a World Cup qualifier in Luxembourg and a friendly against Spain.

Deschamps called up three other newcomers in his list of 24 players: Monaco defender Benjamin Mendy, Marseille winger Florian Thauvin, and highly-rated Lyon midfielder Corentin Tolisso.

Mbappe made it 11 goals in 11 games when he scored in a 3-1 win on Wednesday as Monaco eliminated Manchester City on away goals to reach the Champions League quarter-finals. He had scored in the first leg and so far this season has netted 17 goals.

Hayatou's reign ends

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP):

Issa Hayatou was voted out as president of the African soccer confederation yesterday after 29 years in charge, ending his tenure as FIFA senior vice-president.

Hayatou's 34-20 loss to Ahmad in a vote by the Confederation of African Football's member countries delivered a seismic shake-up for soccer on the continent, which Hayatou had led since 1988.

The 70-year-old from Cameroon left the congress room briefly without commenting when the result was announced, led away by the arm by one of his aides. He returned to conduct other business.

New CAF president Ahmad, who is from Madagascar and goes by one name, was held aloft by officials.