Sun, Aug


Trinidad and Tobago's Under-17 footballers will return home from France tomorrow evening hoping to turn the experience they gained from their European tour into a positive during the FIFA World Under-17 Championships in September.

The side failed to gain a positive result during the stint after losing its final match to the Under-21 side of French outfit, Racing Club, 1-0 on Sunday in Clairefontaine.

While T&T skipper Roderick Anthony and his team-mates stood up creditably to their opponents, but eventually fell to a 44th minute goal from the Paris-based club.

Team manager Russell Tesheira noted that while T&T was not able to play a match against any team its own age, the experience gained was a major plus as the countdown continues to the opening game of the World Youth series on September 13.

T&T was also defeated 4-0 and 5-0 by Germany's Under 20 and Under 18 team respectively last week. "The performance in our last match was really good even though we didn't get the result we would have liked," Tesheira said.

"All of our matches were against teams of higher age groups but our boys didn't let that affect them. The boys are continuing to learn a lot, but we realise that there is still a lot of room for improvement."