Friday, June 16, 2006

T & T to England lost but we are still happy

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People danced in the streets of T&T’s capital, Port-of-Spain, yesterday after their team lost a hard-fought match to England, the small Caribbean country’s former Colonial ruler.

Though disappointed with the 2-0 loss, most nationals assembled in St James, dubbed “The City that does not sleep” for buoyant post-game festivities, happy that their team held the highly favoured England side scoreless up until the 82nd minute.

“We’ve come from being a country where nobody knows where we are,to being in the World Cup. We’re just glad to be here,” said Joseph Ghent, a network administrator, who partied in the street with thousands of other nationals decked out in the red-and-black T-shirts of their team, the Soca Warriors.

T&T, the twin-island Caribbean nation with a population of 1.3 million, is the smallest country ever to reach the World Cup Finals. It’s a fact that fills Michele Agostini, 36, with pride.

A win in its final group match against Paraguay can still extend T&T's stay in Germany but, win or lose, the "Soca Warriors" would leave with their heads high and pride intact.

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