TT U-20s start W/Cup campaign
Wednesday, August 8 2012
DUANE MUCKETTE has been appointed as captain of Trinidad and Tobago Under-20 football team for the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Under-20 First Round Group Four Qualifiers in Kingstown, St Vincent.
The 20-member Trinidad and Tobago team will begin their campaign today against Guyana from 5.30 pm, followed by meetings against Suriname on Friday and host St Vincent/Greandines on Sunday.
Ross Russell took over from the suspended Michael McComie as the team coach last week while William Wallace, who was the manager of the TT Under-23 team, has been named as the U-20 team manager.
“The team has been hard at work in preparing for this tournament and will definitely be looking to top this group and move on to the Final Round,” said Russell. “We’ve had success at this level before qualifying for two Under-20 World Cups and this team wants to make it a third appearance for Trinidad and Tobago at FIFA Under-20 World Cup.”
The four First Round group winners (including Haiti and Cuba) along with three second-place teams (including Puerto Rico) will join Final Round host Jamaica, in November, to determine the Caribbean’s five qualifiers for the CONCACAF Championship in Pueba, Mexico from February 18-March 2.
Four teams will advance from the CONCACAF Championships to the 2013 Under-20 World Cup in Turkey.
Trinidad and Tobago: John-Rames Thomas, Quesi Weston (goalkeepers); Alvin Jones, Anthony Charles, Damani Richards, Dario Holmes, Neil Benjamin, Shannon Gomez (defenders); Shaquille Nesbitt, Adan Noel, Duane Muckette (captain), Xavier Rajpaul, Kerron Bethelmy, Jomal Williams, Marcus Gomez, Akeem Garcia (midfielders); Dwight Quintero, Shackiel Henry, Kye West, Marcus Bernard (strikers).
Wednesday August 8
Trinidad and Tobago vs Guyana, 5.30 pm.
St Vincent/Grenadines vs Suriname, 7.30 pm.
Friday August 10
Suriname vs Trinidad and Tobago, 5.30 pm.
St Vincent/Grenadines vs Guyana, 7.30 pm.
Sunday August 12
Guyana vs Suriname, 5.30 pm.
St Vincent/Grenadines vs Trinidad and Tobago, 7.30 pm.