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T&TFF technical director Anton Corneal expects this country’s under-17 men’s team to be competitive and thinks they are in with a good chance of advancing in the Concacaf final round of qualifiers in Panama City next month.

Corneal, manager Chris Gouveia and TTFF president Raymond Tim Kee attended Tuesday’s draw in Panama City and also participated in a Concacaf workshop there.

T&T will open against Canada on April 6 and meet Costa Rica two days later for the right to qualify for the quarterfinals and one of four spots at this year’s Fifa U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

“It’s a pretty good draw. We know both countries and we’ve been up against them before. Hopefully, we can get it right for the two games.

I think we stand a very good chance of coming out of the group and getting to the quarterfinals and from there anything can be possible. We have just under a month to finalise our team and complete our preparations for the tournament,” Corneal said.