Soca Warriors Need Money, Not Just Applause – Warner

Hardbeatnews, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Tues. Nov. 29, 2005: Trinidad & Tobago’s Soca Warriors need to raise US$15 million to take part in next year’s World Cup in Germany.

That’s according to FIFA vice-president Jack Warner. Warner, according to the Trinidad Express, made the disclosure at the T&TEC General Sports and Cultural Club Awards ceremony on Saturday evening, while also appealing to nationals to support the team financially.

“It’s okay to line the streets and jam the airport, but that doesn’t translate into dollars and cents, and what the team needs right now is dollars and cents,” the paper quoted Warner as saying. “This is not a Jack Warner affair. It’s a national affair, so I’m asking that everyone put a hand.”

The estimated budget, he added, would be the lowest of any team participating at the Cup but he stated, “If we continue to do this thing on the cheap, we will bring this country to disgrace.”

The oil-rich country will be the smallest nation to make its debut at the World Cup next year. They are only the fourth Caribbean nation to accomplish that feat, having been preceded by Haiti, Cuba and Jamaica. The Warriors won over Bahrain, 1-0, on Nov. 15, to earn the coveted spot.

The Soca music fraternity have pledged to raise $1 million for the Warriors. –