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Published:Tuesday | July 25, 2017 | 12:00 AM

T&T looking for positive display

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador, CMC Trinidad and Tobago meet Ecuador for the first time here today in a friendly international that forms part of their ongoing preparation for their flailing 2018 World Cup campaign which resumes in September.

Dennis Lawrence's squad arrived here Monday night ahead of the contest at the Estadio Pacifico Banco.

"We will go into this game with a positive mindset and obviously looking to execute our game plan," head coach Lawrence said.

Understandably, T&T will be missing several of their overseas-based stars like Kenwyne Jones and Kevin Molino but includes key players like goalkeeper Marvin Phillip Hashim Arcia and Hughtun Hector.

Spain suspends football president Villar

Villar, FIFA's senior vice president, has been behind bars since police detained him, his son Gorka Villar, and two other football officials during police raids of the national federation headquarters and other properties.

Seeing no sign that Villar was willing to step down from the post he has held since 1988, Spain's government decided to remove him in an attempt to limit the damage done to the national sport.

The country's top sports authority, the Higher Council of Sport, met yesterday in Madrid and ruled to suspend Villar for one year pending the outcome of the investigation that has rocked Spanish football. Court documents indicate that besides misappropriated funds, Villar allegedly corrupted several regional federations by offering favours in exchange for votes.

Bayern defender Bernat out weeks after ankle surgery


Bayern Munich defender Juan Bernat has been ruled out for several weeks after undergoing surgery on his left ankle.

Bayern says the 24-year-old Bernat suffered the injury last Saturday in a friendly game against Milan in Shanghai, and that he underwent surgery in Munich on Monday.

Bernat, who joined Bayern from Valencia in 2014, has played in 65 Bundesliga games for the side, winning the league in each of his three seasons. He has made seven appearances for Spain.