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Bateau: We must be ready for Wales


T&T’s Eu­ro­pean-based de­fend­er Shel­don Bateau is chal­leng­ing his team­mates to be in their best shape for the up­com­ing In­ter­na­tion­al Friend­ly against Wales on March 20 at the Race­course Sta­di­um in Wrex­ham.

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Bateau who signed a one-year deal with Nor­we­gian club Sarps­borg 08 FF ear­li­er this week, has al­ready shift­ed his fo­cus on the Welsh team which is be­ing led by coach Ryan Gig­gs, the for­mer Man­ches­ter Unit­ed winger, now leg­end.

“To my team­mates, all I can say is be ready for this. Some of them are still in­to the sea­son which is a good thing. The oth­er ones like my­self are in pre­sea­son and there are some who haven’t start­ed for what­ev­er rea­son. This is a game that could change your life. It can change your ca­reer,” Bateau said in an in­ter­view.

He added “It’s a very good op­por­tu­ni­ty for us as play­ers. We should set a goal to do well in this game and ac­cept the chal­lenge. And not on­ly ac­cept the chal­lenge but to com­pete and get a re­sult. I think every­one should be re­al­ly mo­ti­vat­ed for this game be­cause I am and am sure the oth­er play­ers are as well. We just need to con­tin­ue work­ing as a team. We haven’t played to­geth­er for a while but that is mi­nor be­cause to me, once every play­er pre­pared and ready to do the work and un­der­stand their roles, I be­lieve we can get a good re­sult in this game.”

The Welch’s last win was a 1-0 vic­to­ry over the Re­pub­lic of Ire­land in Oc­to­ber last year, but they al­so lost 0-1 in a friend­ly against Al­ba­nia a month lat­er (No­vem­ber). They are sched­uled to face Slo­va­kia in a Eu­ro 2020 qual­i­fi­er four days af­ter the T&T match.

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“For me, this game is the big tar­get right be­cause my sea­son is start­ing at the end of March. It’s the on­ly thing on my mind right now af­ter hav­ing signed with a new team,” Bateau ex­plained. ” It’s a new chal­lenge, but at the same time in­ter­na­tion­al foot­ball is a dif­fer­ent feel­ing and lev­el so my fo­cus is to be ready for the game against Wales.”

“This is a huge chal­lenge and is one we shall wel­come as a coun­try. To play against a team with world class play­ers apart from Gareth Bale. It will be a good chal­lenge to see where we are and how much work we need to put in be­fore the Gold Cup. We all know what Wales is ca­pa­ble of and I think we as play­ers should be up for the game. As play­ers, you live for games like this. It will def­i­nite­ly be a tough game but I think we will be ready in time for it,” said the for­mer San Juan Jabloteh play­er

T&T coach Den­nis Lawrence is ex­pect­ed to an­nounce his squad around the sec­ond week of March while Gig­gs is slat­ed to an­nounce the Wales ros­ter around March 12.