The Trinidad and Tobago National Under-15 Team will make their first appearance on Saturday 15 April as they face a Republic Bank Invitational Under-15 XI from 6:30pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
The exhibition match will mark the opening of the 2017 Republic Bank National Youth League, which is scheduled to run for three months and has been approved as the official youth competition for the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA). Once more, the competition—which involves more than 100 clubs—will be organised by All Sports Promotion.
For the National Under-15 Team, it is their first step to the FIFA 2019 Under-17 World Cup—even before the world governing body has decided on the host nation.
Trinidad and Tobago were eliminated at the very first hurdle of the 2017 Under-17 World Cup qualifying competition last year, as they failed to get out of their Caribbean group on home soil. However, coach Russell Latapy, who kept his post as head of the technical staff despite the poor showing, hopes to do better this time.
Latapy said his team is looking forward to Saturday’s runout.
“This match will provide us with a good opportunity to have the boys in a game environment,” Latapy told the TTFA Media, “as obviously they are eager to play as we have been engaged in training sessions for a good part of this year already.
“The preparations have been ongoing and the interest and the willingness among the boys to put in the effort and take things on board in training has been commendable.”
Fans on Saturday are asked to contribute an admission fee of TT$10 which will go towards the preparation of the Under-15 Team. Former National Under-23 coach and Naparima College and Club Sando coach, Angus Eve, will steer the Republic Bank XI.
Next on the agenda for Latapy’s young team is the 2017 CONCACAF Boys Under-15 Championship at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida from 13-19 August. All 40 eligible CONCACAF member associations are expected to participate.
The Republic Bank National Youth League kicks off on Saturday 22 April in the Queens Park Savannah.
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Saw the game – that group has allot of work to do…
T&T came from a goal down to win 3-1 with two second half goals. Report tomorrow from Sean Taylor.
Any one know how the team looked???
Well they are being held 1-1 at the moment… Sean Taylor is there for Wired868 and we will have a report tomorrow.
Cool thanks man
At certain points you couldn’t tell the difference between the invitational and the Nat. U-15 Shawn
OK thats what I wanted to know one training since January and the other thrown together. Wow
I doubt the other was thrown together. I believe that’s some club team who played under the name of an invitational team
More than likely club Sando
Na…think it’s north, north or east.
And Angus eve coached them that’s strange but I should not let things with football in Trinidad surprise me any more
Shawn, Angus didn’t coach them (at least not yesterday). If my eyes didn’t deceive me Keon Trim coached the team. Looks like some sort of football politics played of there. The invitational team had 29 players from my count, about 3 or 4 didn’t play, lol.
Nb. When I say politics it’s not necessarily in a negative way
OK. Are boy lost for words
North Zone U15 kept together after screening….good thinking from Tony Harford….Angus Eve….Ruthven(Spanners) north zone officials…Keon Trim…Allister Ramdoo coaches…..
Kirwin Weston….Angus is the TD.. I believe I heard someone say that.
I think they were impressive
North Zone has the most players on the National U15
Since when north zone has more talent than anywhere else in trinidad and tobago? Most of the top players in last five years or so came from south or east.
Allyuh really good yes. Lol.
Hahaha Lasana many go to school in the north but from east breds breds….yuh biting…..hahaha
Lasana dont be so touchy….wisemen came from the east… hahaha settled all over
Haha wisemen came from the east ….. good comeback !!
Definitely a positive that the U-15 program is once again active
Senior team= fail
U17 = record breaking fail.
Hey let’s try him again with the u15…third time the charm.
Until All Sports Promotions say so it is not….
Two things Hassan, one would be flouting the rules and denying another player the chance of being seen as we now have assessors at the youth games to recommend players to the elite players programme.
I agree with you but you know how trini break the rules just look at the SSFL…..I hope things change…..
My point exactly. Waiting for the day when it will be about football!
That would be the day ..lol
It seems that yuh now get up or what eh, well brush your teeth and wash your face and then stroll back and read the previous comments nah man. Hassan C Araujo. You really good yes. hahahahaha
Breds all that is just FB talk….I read all …bredda
What FB talk eh, can players play for different schools at the same time eh, and isn’t it the same for the football leagues eh, well I am positively certain that Timothy Rochford knows the rules and knows what he is saying eh, so you need to just stick to video tapping the games eh Hassan C Araujo. You really good yes
Who said that……what league the FLOW YPL and Republic youth league
And that same rule should also apply the same for the Coaches as I read where the same players cannot play in different leagues in our sweet country. Them really good yes.
Mango breds Trini land right now have too many negative things flying around . I only looking for solutions now to move on…
hahahahahaha He is the same like the bootleg Coach Tom Seinfelt who was hired to Coach the Soca Worries, full of plenty pretty words eh and is very limited with his Coaching and always getting fired wherever he coaches in the professional league eh, but on a serious note the Coaches who are Coaching in the professional league shouldn’t be coaching in any other leagues, give all the other Coaches their chances and food to put on the table to man. steeuuppss. Them really good yes.
Ey Mango…..you really good yes….
Mix it’s up and match it up lol….and did you notice that during the world cup game is footwear was puma and the rest of the team used Adidas
And I have a serious problem with some of the same Coaches are coaching the Flow youth professional , professional, schools, and now the Republic invitational teams….Angus Eve is the only qualified coach eh , or there isn’t enough qualified Coaches in our sweet country to also get hire to do the Coaching. Them really good yes.
Do the clubs/ teams ask for qualified coaches or is there another system .?
Yeah it seems that there is a clique system or maybe some Coaches does it for free or less than what the other Coaches are asking for eh. Them really good yes.
Btw, someone made an astute observation. Anybody noticed that Latapy is wearing a Joma top but an Adidas short pants in that photo at a national training session?
well said, acknowledgement Hannibal……
Any idea on the Rep Bank XI since I would hope the best players from last year would be involved with the U-15 national team?
Was wondering how they were selected, who is coaching and who is on the team myself..
A Republic Bank XI from last year that isn’t in training…?
Angus Eve is coaching the Republic Bank XI. Interesting that I wasn’t aware that he even coached in this competition before.
He is a Pro League coach and the Pro League youth tournament is going on right now.
That said, Angus is undoubtedly one of the best youth coaches in the country.
Remind me of what team again Lasana Liburd.
Angus? He coaches Club Sando and Naparima College.
It will do Russell to keep the disappointment and all the reasons in the rear view and side views so that the front view is always configuring, assembling, and configuring, and on and on. A backward design plan is my suggestion to Russell, and this begins with 1. A frontal focus and clearly chosen target, 2. A backward review, 3. A present-day account of all the functioning parts, and 4. A thorough, continuous, and flexible work-through guided by continuous assessments and evaluations. This must be done in detail about each player as well, especially those who he had under his recent care. Learn about each of the players for as the SSM motto states, “The more we get to know you as a person, the better we can treat you as a patient”, in this case, player.
Let us support Lasana….
This is a start…just let us support these young men and their coaches…..
So wouldn’t this Repoblc bank U 15 tounament interfere with the Flow Youth professional league U 15 tournament that is currently playing?
Hmmm. Good point Mango. The Flow tournament is just for the Pro League clubs i think. That’s 10 teams.
I guess all the others will be in the republic bank competition. Right Brian?
Well I also notice that the Republic bank games might only be played on Saturdays compared to the Flow Youth professional league games that plays on Sundays, so maybe it can work out.
Too bad they couldn’t all play in the same competition though.
That way we would have a real national champion team. Maybe they should arrange for the champions of each league to meet!
That is a very great idea, but depending on if the same players won’t be representing the teams in the both leagues. LOL
One can only hope…
When I worked @ All Sport and lobbied for RC to be 11 a side, Mr. Hardford personally met TT Pro League Chairman and CEO but they turned down the option of a merger. Hopefully scarce $ and creativity prevails and FLOW & Republic Bank sponsor a national youth league; which with an SSFL will find our U14 – U18 players
Mango players cannot play in both youth leagues at the same time, even if they are playing for two different teams in the two leagues
It’s easy to identify the talented player as long as the assessors are prepared to attend games in both leagues to pick out the “elite players” to add to the national program.
Yeah. But it would be nice to have a true national champion team though eh Timothy.
It’s got to start somewhere Lasana Liburd. With all due respect I’m not satisfied with the screening process. Hopefully the more experienced and respected coaches doing the assessments at games (pro league now and the National youth league starting later this month) would be a bit more professional approach.
Nope not if the games play on saturdays….
Some players leave their Pro league teams to play with other teams in the Republic Cup. Not all players (elite or otherwise) are involved in either competition though.
Some players play both….
You cannot register to play in the two leagues at the same time
Timothy Rochford OR are you “not supposed to” register to play in the two leagues at the same time?
That statement would be implicating people in the same fiasco that some secondary schools now find themselves in.
I hear you but it may be the reality..
It may be. Youths are playing in these leagues without transfers bearing in mind that parents have to sign these forms.
Timothy Rochford understood your point. Agreed