Trinidad and Tobago have always been fortunate over the years to produce talented goalkeepers, most recently the likes of Shaka Hislop, Clayton Ince and Kelvin Jack stood tall and were all part of the 2006 World Cup touring party.
However, that rich vein of talent has continued, as W Connection’s young protégé Jan Michael Williams is determined to prove he is the next man to wear the gloves and stand tall between the uprights for Trinidad and Tobago.
Williams is being looked at as one of the better young goal keepers around and has once again been selected on the national team for the upcoming Digicel Caribbean Cup, and the young goal keeper plans to use the current Caribbean Club Championships as the platform to prove to all and sundry he is capable of filling the gloves of his predecessors.
He had an outstanding season for Vibe CT 105 W Connection this season in the TT Pro League, and he is eager to demonstrate that he is ready to take it to the next level.
He admitted to ttproleague.com, this is his time to prove to everyone including his critics that he is deserves to stand between the uprights for T&T.
“Coming off the game against Austria, I know I had a lot of critics, but I know what I am capable of, and this tournament in Puerto Rico is another opportunity for me to show that I deserve a spot on the national team, players like Clayton Ince and Shaka Hislop and even Kelvin Jack, are all still around, but not as often, so looking ahead to the Digicel Caribbean Cup where a lot of locally based players will be showcased, it is an ideal scenario for me to step up and once again prove to everyone that I am good enough to play at the highest level of the game.”
Looking ahead to W Connection’s first game of the Caribbean Club Championships on Monday night against Hoppers FC of Antigua, the young goalkeeper says things are shaping up nicely.
“I must say things have fallen into place from since we arrived in Puerto Rico, the team had a few sessions and I think all the guys are looking sharp, we have all been together for a while, having played whole season back at home and did pretty well, so we are all looking forward to a good game on Monday night and we are confident of a big win against the Antiguan team.”
“W Connection always wants to show superiority, not only at the local level, but we want to show regional superiority as well. Its been a while since we have played in this competition, so I know all the guys are keen to go out and do well and prove that W Connection is the best team not only in Trinidad, but in the Caribbean as well,” ended the young national goalkeeper.