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Trinidad and Tobago will play their
first international friendly for 2010 when they travel to Chile to face the
South Americans next week.

The new look Soca Warriors will
have their first match since Russell Latapy was reinstated as T&T senior
head coach against Chile at the Estadio Teirra de Campeones in Iquique, on the
north western coast of the country on 5 May.

Chile, currently 13th on the FIFA
world rankings, are preparing to face Honduras in their World Cup opener on 16 June
at Nelspruit. The other teams they face in Group H are world No.1 Spain and
Switzerland.

Chile were impressive in South
American World Cup qualifying, even away from home. They finished with 33
points, second only to Brazil.

Chile, coached by Marcelo Bielsa,
will also face Northern Ireland and Israel, both on 30 May, with separate teams
playing in different cities.

T&T team manager David Muhammad
sees the fixture as an excellent chance to test Latapy’s young squad.

“It’s a great opportunity for us,”
Muhammad said. “And significant in that it would in fact be our first match of
the 2014 World Cup campaign.

“We see the opponent as world
class, being ranked in the top 15 teams in the world today, and it should prove
to be a very valuable international training affair for us.”

Chile have previously cancelled two
World Cup warm-up fixtures against Costa Rica and North Korea last month, after
an earthquake hit their Pacific coast, killing at least 700 people.

The Chilean coach is keen to face
T&T, because of their familiarity with fellow CONCACAF team Honduras.

Chile’s best finish in a World Cup
came when they hosted the tournament in 1962 and placed third.

The South Americans drew 0-0 with
Venezuela last month with only their South American-based players and could
have players like Boca Juniors defender Gary Medel, Flamengo forward Gonzalo
Fierro and Argentinos Juniors forward Emilio Hernandez line up against T&T.

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