National Under 20 captain Sheldon Bateau put his name on the scoresheet and Jerrel Britto added a pair to help Trinidad and Tobago’s National Under 20 men’s team to a 3-1 win over Deportivo de Cali on Thursday.
The game saw head coach Zoran Vranes revert back to his regular starting eleven following a 2-1 loss two days ago and it paid off with T&T going ahead in the 5th minute through Bateau and taking early control of proceedings.
A cross from Joe Public’s Marcus Joseph saw Bateau on spot to slot home from close range. Bateau then turned provider when he crossed for Britto to head into the net on 31 minutes. Britto put T&T 3-1 ahead in the 59th minute.
Britto said afterwards that the win was a well played one by the T&T team.
“So far the coaching staff seem pleased with our work rate and we demonstrated that our form is good at the moment with the performance in this victory. We have been improving with every match and also growing in confidence,” Britto told TTFF Media.
“Right now we are getting mentally stronger and our focus is on the opening game against Cuba. We are ensuring that our fitness level is right and that the injuries are not a problem.
Every player is trying his best at the moment because the squad has to be cut with four players being released by Tuesday,” Britto added.
“Personally I feel good at the moment. I was able to come back into the squad and get two goals which helped us to get the win and that’s a satisfying feeling for me. We still have some parts of our game that needs ironing out but I feel confident that we will be ready to face Cuba and then Mexico.
We know these teams have been preparing for the tournament and Cuba has always been a tricky opposition so we’re not going to take them lightly,” Britto added.
T&T will play one more training game in Cali on Sunday against Deportivo’s professional first team before departing to face Honduras’ Under 20 national team on March 23 and 25.
T&T faces Cuba on March 30 and Mexico on April 1 in Guatemala City in their Concacaf final round group phase qualifiers.