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T&T U20s edge Alpha; young Warriors face club team in Guyana instead

The Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 Team won their first warm-up match in Georgetown this afternoon. But it was against Guyanese club team, Alpha United, rather than the Guyana National Team, as initially suggested by a Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) release.

W Connection midfielder Jabari Mitchell and Moses Jaikeran scored the goals as the young Soca Warriors pulled off a 2-1 win against an Alpha team that had not played a competitive match in at least two months. Guyana national player, Daniel Wilson, scored for Alpha.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 midfielder Jabari Mitchell (right) tries to squeeze a shot past two Cuban defenders during the 2014 Caribbean Cup. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 midfielder Jabari Mitchell (right) tries to squeeze a shot past two Cuban defenders during the 2014 Caribbean Cup.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

And, despite the rust, Alpha are likely to be the most match-ready opponents that the young Warriors face in Guyana, as their second affair on Sunday comes against an “Elite All Stars” team from the Guyanese league, which is in its off-season.

“We were happy for the trip [from] the Trinidad team, [as] it gives the Guyana team an opportunity to kickstart its local-based national [squad],” Shabazz told Wired868. “We let them play Alpha first as [they are] the team that is most ready now and they have nine national players.

“Then it will be Elite All Star team, which is really local-based players [for the Guyana Senior National Team]. [The Guyana FA’s decision to not call it a national team] is really just to protect the integrity of the national team.”

Arguably, the National Under-20 Team could have gotten stiffer competition right in Trinidad, as the current Caribbean champions, Central FC, and runners-up, W Connection, are both active in the CONCACAF Champions League while Defence Force played its first outing of the new Pro League season last week.

National coach Brian Williams has just 18 players to choose from after Shiva Boys Hindu College standouts Tyrel “Pappy” Emmanuel and Quinn Rodney failed to catch their flight and were playing against San Juan North in Bourg Mulatresse when the Warriors checked in at the Piarco International Airport.

Photo: Shiva Boys HC playmaker Tyrel "Pappy" Emmanuel (right) tries to avoid a challenge from St Anthony's College defender Brent Joel during 2015 SSFL action in Westmoorings. (Courtesy Kerlon Orr/Wired868)
Photo: Shiva Boys HC playmaker Tyrel “Pappy” Emmanuel (right) tries to avoid a challenge from St Anthony’s College defender Brent Joel during 2015 SSFL action in Westmoorings.
(Courtesy Kerlon Orr/Wired868)

So far, neither the TTFA nor representatives of the players have made a public statement on their absence.

AboutLasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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55 comments

  1. Rawle, the jury is out on if that U-20 team can even get past Caribbean stage

  2. Good bunch of players, but honestly, the Elite League team were just too good for them. the scoreline doesnt reflect how the game was played; could’ve been a larger margin of victory if the home team didnt throw away so many goals.

  3. Anybody know if Payne got any game time?

  4. Thanks! Any qualitative analysis on game?

  5. They went down 1-0 Vurlon Mills (former Caledonia player) scored.

  6. Any updates on second national u20 practice game in Guyana?

  7. ..Caribbean football will increasingly become a back water of CONCACAF. Sorry. Them’s the facts..

  8. Today, in Guyana, the acting General Secretary and the Finance Director resigned.

  9. Lasana, look at it, outside of Jamaica (to an extent), Caribbean football is embroiled in some form of controversy with administrators thinking they are above the game and the people who put them in power.

  10. the GFF President promised a one-on-one next week, with all that is unfolding in the GFF and Guyana’s football, it will be interesting.

  11. Even the Guyana journalists are saying that the trip serves no purpose.

  12. Always second best for us…….well done ttfa

  13. Yeah the game on Sunday i.e against the ”all-star Elite League” team will essentially be young local players from different clubs rather than the best players from the Guyanese Elite League.

    Not sure what the benefit is for either the Under-20s or the Guyanese teams in this situation.

  14. That’s what the TTFA told us Santokie. It appears that Guyana football fans didn’t like that match up too much and maybe thought it was disrespectful to the Golden Jaguars.
    It seems that the second match is against a Guyana XI. But it doesn’t sound like a very organised team.

  15. so had it been agreed beforehand between GFF and TTFA that the U-20s would play a Guyana Senior team?