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Warriors’ Creed: Success or bust

“Football is my passion,” said Trinidad and Tobago national under-17 football team captain Brendon Creed, “I dream about it.”

Creed, along with the rest of the under-17 team, was optimistic about Trinidad and Tobago’s chances of getting past the CONCACAF round of qualifiers and into the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

He spoke to Wired868 before the young “Soca Warriors” left for their CONCACAF campaign in Panama.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago national under-17 midfielder Andre Fortune (background) is supported by his captain Brendon Creed (number six) during their opening CONCACAF match against Canada. (Courtesy TTFF Media)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago national under-17 midfielder Andre Fortune (background) is supported by his captain Brendon Creed (number six) during their opening CONCACAF match against Canada.
(Courtesy TTFF Media)

Yesterday, the national starlets lost their opening qualifying game 2-0 to Canada. But it is hard to see the Fatima College student approaching their decisive final group game against Costa Rica with anything but his usual dedication.

He explained that the team always plays as hard as it trains. And their sessions are sometimes as often as five times per week and for as long as two and a half to three hours.

A form five student, Creed, like his teammates, also faces the task of balancing school and football commitments.

“It is a challenge,” said Creed, who is doing nine subjects. “During the day we are in school and we train after. I actually have to study after football training.

“I do well. Sometimes it’s tiring but worth it.”

Apart from school work and football, Creed also does well at track and enjoys playing pan in his spare time.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago national under-17 captain Brendon Creed (fourth from left) takes a breather with his teammates during training. (Courtesy Victoria Walcott/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago national under-17 captain Brendon Creed (fourth from left) takes a breather with his teammates during training.
(Courtesy Victoria Walcott/Wired868)

“Track is on the back burner right now because of school and football,” he said, “but I like pan.”

Although pleased at being interviewed, Creed humbly stressed the importance of his teammates and asked that they not be left out. Hopefully, they will all progress together in Panama.

Creed Profile

Name: Brendon Creed

DOB: October 10, 1996

Age: 17

Title: Captain

Position: Midfield

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago national under-17 football team captain Brendon Creed. (Courtesy Victoria Walcott/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago national under-17 football team captain Brendon Creed.
(Courtesy Victoria Walcott/Wired868)

Number: 6

Favourite Player: Yaya Toure

School: Fatima College

Club: SKHY FC

Hometown: Petit Valley

Presently studying: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Technical Drawing, Additional Mathematics, English Language, Mathematics, English Literature, and Spanish

Something most people don’t know: Creed is a sprinter and a member of his school’s track team

Q & A:

Why football? What motivates you?

“I always liked football; ever since I was small. I am a part of the track team, but football is my passion, I am good at it. My team pushes me and the coaches push me. I want to be one of the best.”

Photo: The Trinidad and Tobago national under-17 football players and technical staff share a moment. (Courtesy Victoria Walcott/Wired868)
Photo: The Trinidad and Tobago national under-17 football players and technical staff share a moment.
(Courtesy Victoria Walcott/Wired868)

Where do you see yourself in five years?

“Well I want to get a scholarship and play football full-time. My mom wants me to go to Form Six, so we’ll see how it goes. But definitely get a scholarship and hopefully one day play internationally.”

Which player do you admire most and why?

“I like Yaya Toure. He is a midfielder and I am also one. He is one of the best, I want to be like him.”

 

Editor’s Note: The Trinidad and Tobago national under-17 men’s football team must defeat Costa Rica at 9 pm tonight to keep its United Arab Emirates 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup dreams alive.

About Victoria Walcott

Victoria Walcott
Victoria Walcott is a journalism student at COSTAATT and an intern at Wired868.

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