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Trinidad and Tobago declared a public holiday after qualifying for the World Cup for the first time.

A Dennis Lawrence goal in Wednesday’s playoff second leg in Bahrain saw them through to a place in the finals in Germany next year.

A statement was released by the country’s prime minister.

“Prime Minister Patrick Manning announced that the Government of Trinidad and Tobago has declared Thursday, 17th November, 2005, as a public holiday in celebration of Trinidad and Tobago’s victory in the World Cup qualifying match against Bahrain,” it read.

The team was scheduled to arrive back in Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday morning.

“The government encourages citizens to use the holiday to participate fully in the welcome celebrations which will start at the Piarco International Airport and continue with a drive to Port of Spain,” the statement said.

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