Trinidad and Tobago’s National Under-20 footballers, just back from their warm up tour of Venezuela, will square off against an All Star team from the Chaguanas West Constituency (CWC) at the Green Park Recreation Ground Boundary, Felicity tomorrow from 6 pm.
The game has been arranged to mark the instalment of flood lights at the venue through the efforts of Minister of Public Utilities Mustapha Abdul Hamid. The teams will play for the Jack Warner Cup and the FIFA Vice President, Mayor Of Chaguanas Natasha Navas and Abdul Hamid will be in attendance and will meet the teams before the kick off. “This is something that I promised the people of the area when the lights were first installed.
“I promised them that I will bring a national team to the area so that the people can get up close to the players and be part of the effort ahead of the team’s participation at the FIFA Under 20 World Cup in Egypt,” Warner said who is also the MP for the Chaguanas West Constituency. The CWC All Star team will be coached by Eric Gill and includes several promising players from the area, including captain of the Carapichaima Senior Secondary team Michael Renaud.
Gill says he believes Renaud has the potential to make the National Under 20 team and will be going all out to give Zoran Vranes’ team a good test on the evening. Fans will be able to witness the game at no cost. One of the players from the Chaguanas area is striker Trent Lougheed, who netted a double in T&T’s 2–1 win over Venezuela B team last week in Puerto La Cruz. T&T Under 20 team captain Leston Paul, reflecting on the recent slate of matches, said he is hopeful that the team can maintain its momentum with upcoming tours of Europe on the schedule.
“Hopefully we can maintain this momentum because the group phase in Egypt will be tough and we need to stay focused and match ready at all times,” Paul said. “It was disappointing to end up losing the game (3–2) to Brazil but it was a tremendous experience for us and I think we can definitely say that we came away with something from that tournament in Venezuela,” Paul added.