Pro League XI selected for contest against English League 1 club Walsall FC

An "even balance" of players were finalised on Tuesday for a TT Pro League 20-man squad that will tackle visiting English League 1 club Walsall FC on Sunday 7 July at the Ato Boldon Stadium from 6pm.

The English club will arrive in Tobago on Wednesday, before taking on a Tobagonian club Stokely Vale FC at the Plymouth Recreation Ground on Friday 5 from 4pm.

And following Sunday's match against the Pro League XI, Walsall will wrap up its tour of Trinidad and Tobago against host club Central FC on Tuesday 9 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. Kick off time 7pm.

Defence Force Head Coach Ross Russell was unanimously named Head Coach of the Pro League XI by virtue of winning the 2012-13 Digicel Pro League title.

Russell will be assisted by Caledonia AIA Technical Director Jamaal Shabazz and North East Stars Head Coach Angus Eve who made up the selection team. Defence Force equipment manager Devin Elcock and trainer Mark Lewis will also serve in the technical department.

Goalkeepers Glenroy Samuel (Caledonia AIA) and Kevin Graham (Defence Force) led the 20-man squad while defenders Nuru Abdullah Muhammad, Kareem Joseph (Caledonia AIA), Rodell Elcock, Ross Russell Jr. (Defence Force), Kareem Moses, Kevon Villaroel, Elton John (North East Stars); midfielders Akim Armstrong, Nathan Lewis (Caledonia AIA), Jeremy Williams, Jayson Joseph (North East Stars), Mikhail Awai (St. Ann’s Rangers), Gerrard Williams, Jomal Williams, Neil Benjamin (W Connection); and forwards Devorn Jorsling (Defence Force), Trevin Caesar and Marcus Gomez (North East Stars) make up the rest of the squad.

"It's a great opportunity for me as a coach in the League to coach a game against Walsall, an English club," said Russell, who believes that the greater opportunity is available to the players selected.

Pro League XI selected for contest against English League 1 club Walsall FCHe added, "It's also an opportunity for the players of the League to be seen by an English team and showcase themselves to probably earn contracts.

"I think game came at the right time. Our national team which is made up of some players from the League is in the United States for the (Concacaf) Gold Cup, so it’s an opportunity to show the depth of the Pro League by showcasing other players."

Walsall FC led by Head Coach Dean Smith, visiting on the invitation of Central FC, will also host coaching clinics that will coincide with their visit. On Monday between 4-7pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium, the Saddlers will also allow local coaches to observe a training session and facilitate discussions.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for the club," Smith who will travel with an 18-man squad, "We had been looking for somewhere to go on tour since the end of last season and this fits in perfectly with our schedule.

"We will take part in three games and also get involved with the local community, so it's going to be a really productive and worthwhile seven days.

"As good as our training ground is … it's always nice to be able to get away and spend some time in different surroundings. This experience is going to be extremely beneficial to us and hopefully those people that we meet along the way."