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Alvin Corneal: The Caribbean’s coach

‘He’s done so much for the Caribbean when it comes to influencing the game.’ Corneal coached the national teams of T&T, Barbados, Guyana, St Vincent and St Kitts and Nevis August 30, 1974 had such an impact Alvin Corneal that he devoted an entire chapter to it in his autobiography. The Trinidad and Tobago Under-20 soccer team were competing in the semifinal round of the CONCACAF Youth Tournament. It was the first time T&T participated in the competition. Defending champs Mexico had already advanced to the final and the T&T team were confident of getting there as well. It would be the first time a team from the English-speaking Caribbean made it that far. Jamaica managed third place in 1970. To beat that, T&T only had to get past two weaker teams—Cuba and the USA. But on that day, Cuba surprised them by keeping things goalless until halftime then scoring later in the game. Caught off guard, the team weren’t able to equalise and, after beating the USA, had to settle for the bronze medal. (T&T would wait 16 more years before getting the silver in 1990, the first team from the English-speaking Caribbean to do so.) Kendall Walkes, who

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