COACH of the Trinidad and Tobago men’s Under-20 football team Angus Eve has commended the attitude of his players in the build up to the Concacaf Under-20 Men’s Championships in Honduras.
TT will open their campaign against Haiti on Sunday from 6 pm.
TT are in Group F alongside Mexico, Haiti and Suriname.
The top four teams in the 20-team tournament will qualify for the 2023 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Indonesia. The finalists will also earn a spot at the 2024 Summer Olympics.
TT arrived in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on Friday after participating in a camp in Costa Rica.
Discussing the time spent in Costa Rica, Eve said, “The camp was really fruitful. We had two really good games against Costa Rica Under-20s. A lot of the Costa Ricans players, a number of them playing with the senior team and have played senior team football. In our contingent we have one professional player which is Molik Khan and a couple other players who play locally for clubs."
Eve praised his players for their professionalism. “In the main it is college kids that we have here. I have been very happy with their application and attitude towards the work. The one area we are lacking to be honest is experience.”
Eve thanked the TT Football Association for ensuring that the TT players complete their CXC and CAPE exams while overseas.
“The TTFA has to be given a lot of credit. They had an invigilator with the team. The boys are doing all their exams out here, so it is a little bit difficult. We had to schedule training around that because unlike some other teams here who have professional players we have school boys.”
TT have been forced to make one change with goalkeeper Tristan Edwards replacing Rushon Sandy in the final squad due to “covid-like symptoms.”
Defender Jaron Pascall also remained in Costa Rica in order to sit his CXC exams and will arrive in Honduras, on Saturday.