“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.
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.
“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.
Name: Brendon Creed
DOB: October 10, 1996
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.”
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.