Trinidad and Tobago’s Under 20 Men’s Team arrived in San Jose and begun the settling process there ahead of their opening CONCACAF Championship game against Bermuda on Sunday at the Ricardo Saprissa Stadium.
The T&T team is coming off a lengthy training camp in Cali, Colombia during which they played five training games, winning their closing two, losing one and drawing two.
Team captain Jabari Mitchell relayed that his troops were ready to fire in San Jose.
“We are in great mood right now following the Colombia training camp. We arrived in Costa Rica and settling in before the first game. During the camp, our team chemistry improved both on and off the field,” Mitchell told TTFA Media.
“Our football in general took a boost during the camp. We are looking forward to the players coming into the squad now. Nicholas Dillon is our main goalscorer and it’s good to have him involved now. We are staying focused and I think once we can start well, settling early and apply what the coaches have taught us and instructed us to do, then we should be able to pull off a good performance and result on Sunday,” Mitchell added.
Following the opener versus Bermuda, T&T takes on Costa Rica at the National Stadium in San Jose on February 22nd and El Salvador at the same venue on February 25th.
Under the new format for the Under 20 qualifiers, designed to increase the number of meaningful, competitive matches, the top two teams from Groups A, B, and C will advance to the Classification Stage, where the Confederation’s four tickets to the World Cup at this level will be determined in round robin play among two groups of three teams each.
The top two teams of each of the two Classification Stage groups will qualify as CONCACAF representatives to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017.
Video - Brian Willams and Jabari Mitchell comments as T&T settle in Costa Rica