Vranes takes up football duty
September 24, 2004

Vranes takes up football duty

The football world has become used to dramatic changes in the sport, whether a late goal in the dying moments, or other sudden turn about in fortunes.
Vincentian football has seen its share of the football extravaganza, and the continuation seems inevitable. {{more}}
Yugoslavian born Zoran Vranes has a short time to adjust the post of coach of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines football team after he replaced formerLeeds player, English-born Adrian Aide Shaw in near fairytale fashion. The Vincentian football team affectionately named ‘Vincy Heat,’ plays its third match in this second round Concacaf qualifier. They beat St Kitts/Nevis one nil, to secure their first points at that level. That was a rebound from a two nil loss to Trinidad and Tobago in the opening encounter August 18.
Vranes has been plunged straight into the firing line with three matches. He arrived here only last Sunday and one day later was into the task.
He directed his focus on their Group C Caribbean neighbours. Vranes has the away match in St. Kitts; one week after the squad plays Mexico away and at home in the space of four days.
He has projected thoughts on Vincy Heat’s decisive fixture away to Trinidad and Tobago November 17. He admitted that Mexico was a difficult hurdle.
A game in Miami will give him a chance to assess his resources.
But in addition to Vranes’ harsh introduction, he will be without overseas-based players. Three of them were penalised by their clubs when they returned for duties after the St. Kitts/Nevis clash.
That match was delayed for two days owing to the passage of Hurricane Ivan. The weather pattern skirted the Caribbean, and left a trail of death and destruction.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines escaped the brunt of Ivan’s fury, unlike Grenada, which is still recovering from the ravage.
Vranes was last assigned to the Trinidad and Tobago Under-20 Team, as well as that country’s Joe Public Club.
Vincentian Earl ‘Pinna’ Paynter will support him.