Mexico’s Concacaf Nations League preparations are coming together.El Tri will face Trinidad and Tobago in an Oct. 2 friendly match at Toluca’s Estadio Nemesio Diez, the FMF announced Wednesday.The game is part of a doubleheader, with home team Toluca hosting Veracruz in a Copa MX game before the national team contest kicks off at 9:06 p.m. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream With the match falling outside the FIFA dates, this game is the latest hint that manager Tata Martino will utilize the Nations League as a sandbox for young players yet to break into the top Mexico team. In August, he convened a mini-camp with players like U-20 World Cup veteran Jose Juan Macias and Veracruz goalkeeper Sebastian Jurado.The Nations League will be used as qualification for the Gold Cup, but Mexico need only to finish above either group rival to lock up its place in the marquee Concacaf tournament, which it won this summer. El Tri’s Nations League campaign kicks off in Bermuda before they return home to take on Panama. In the November window, they do the reverse, visiting Panama before hosting Bermuda.The winner of the group, in addition to qualifying for the Gold Cup, moves into a four-team tournament set for June to determine the champion of the inaugural Nations League.Mexico friendly games actually taking place in Mexico are somewhat rare thanks to a partnership with Soccer United Marketing to play a certain number of games in the United States each year. This will be the first friendly to take place in Mexico in 2019, with a pair of games in October 2018 the last time El Tri was in action in its home country.The last time the national team played in Toluca was an October 13, 2015 friendly match against Panama, days after El Tri topped the U.S. in the Concacaf Cup.So far this year, Mexico is undefeated, with Martino yet to oversee a loss since taking over the team in January. That record will be on the line in the September window, with a nearly full-strength squad called by Martino to take on the United States on Friday and Argentina on Sept. 10.
“In particular, I urge those who themselves refuse to participate in the political process not to deprive others of their right to do so, free from fear and intimidation,” he declared in a message to the Iraqi people marking the country’s National Constitution Day.”You will have the opportunity to exercise your democratic right to accept or reject the draft text that is submitted to you. For the second time in less than a year, the future is in your hands,” he added in reference to this January’s national elections.”Today is dedicated to peaceful debate and reflection on the merits of this document, so that you can make an informed decision on referendum day,” he said, calling Saturday’s referendum a “keystone” in the transition to democracy.”This is the time to keep the guns quiet on all sides and to let the voices of the Iraqi people be heard,” he added. “At this critical moment in Iraq’s history, every vote counts.”The Secretary-General pledged that “whatever the outcome,” the United Nations would continue to support the Iraqi people in building a stable, unified and prosperous country.On the ground in Iraq, the UN has helped print 3.2 million copies of the Constitution, in Arabic, Kurdish and Turkmen. The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) is calling on all citizens to read, discuss and debate the constitution.”The goal of all these activities is to get Iraqis to participate in shaping their country’s future by appealing to their sense of citizenship,” the head of the UN’s Constitutional Support team, Nicholas Haysom, said in Baghdad today. “We are hoping that the UN’s assistance will help Iraqis make an informed decision about their Constitution.”Several UN agencies along with the UN Electoral Assistance Division and Department of Political Affairs have been involved in assisting Iraqis to disseminate information about the constitution, explain the referendum process and encourage widespread participation in the referendum.The Division has supported the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq to produce and distribute educational materials such as posters and pamphlets and public service advertisements have been broadcast on 13 Iraqi television stations and printed in 7 major newspapers.