T&T’s Roberts on trial in South Africa


The 27-year-old Roberts, who has featured in T&T’s two Concacaf World Cup qualifying wins over Bernuda (1-0) and Barbados (2-0), scoring in the latter arrived in South Africa on Saturday last and began his trial with the club, nick-named, Phunya Sele Sele last Monday.

A former Sparta Rotterdam (Holland) and Denizlispor (Turkey) striker, Roberts will spend ten-days on trial with the club. Prior to the start of the trial, Clinton Larsen, coach of the club which is ninth on the 16-team table five matches into the new season said he  hopes the T&T international will impress him.

He said, “Darryl is a T&T international who’s played in both Turkey and Holland and he starts training with us today (Monday). Hopefully we’ll be impressed with what he’s got to offer.” Despite Roberts having played with top-class players such as Stoke City’s Kenwyne Jones, the Siwelele coach is not going to judge him on his past but rather on what he can offer to the current Celtic team.

“It’s not about his name, it’s about whether he compliments the way that we play at Celtic, hopefully he will fit in. We set the bar very high with foreigners, we had 15-20 of them from pre-season up until now and we want to make sure we get good quality. Hopefully he can show that,” Larsen said. Word reaching the Siya crew that there are another two PSL clubs interested in the Trinidadian’s signature.


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