Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Under-20 Team head coach Angus Eve has recalled Fatima College goalkeeper Tristan Edwards to his squad for the 2022 Concacaf Under-20 Championship.
Edwards, who was flown out of the team’s training camp earlier this week along with the other three reserve players, must now be flown over to Honduras—as the team prepare for their first competitive match against Haiti in San Pedro Sula from 6pm on Sunday 19 June.
Edwards replaces United States-based goalkeeper Rushon Sandy who was unwell.
“Rushan Sandy had Covid-like symptoms,” Eve told the TTFA Media. “He couldn’t train for like three to five days, so Tristan had to replace him.”
The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) opted not to keep their reserve players with the team, which would have been at the expense of the local football body—since Concacaf only covers accommodation for the official 20-man roster and a limited number of technical staff members.
The other three reserve players from the Honduras pre-tournament camp were right back Isaiah Edwards (Police FC), midfielder Curtis De Leon (University of Alabama, Birmingham—USA), and attacker Jaheim Faustin (Defence Force FC).
The national youth team travelled from San Jose to San Pedro Sula yesterday without defender Jaron Pascall, who remained in Costa Rica with an invigilator to sit an exam. The TTFA arranged for the invigilator.
Pascall, a Carapichaima East Secondary student, is expected to join the Junior Soca Warriors in Honduras today. Eve said the team suffered a lengthy delay at the airport yesterday but got safely to San Pedro Sula in the end.
“No fault of anybody here, but there was a problem with the Copa flight,” said Eve, “so we had the guys in the airport for about five hours.”
Eve praised the team’s ‘really fruitful camp’ in Costa Rica, where they played two friendlies against the Costa Rica National Under-20 Team and one against top flight outfit, Sporting Football Club. And he is happy with the response of his players.
Midfielder Molik Khan, who plays for Minnesota United II in the United States second tier, is Trinidad and Tobago’s only overseas-based professional while the Terminix La Horquetta Rangers pair of winger Real Gill and midfielder Kaihim Thomas as well as Deportivo PF utility player Luke Phillip compete at local senior level in the Ascension Tournament.
“The one area we are lacking is experience,” said Eve.
(Trinidad and Tobago 20-member team)
Goalkeepers: 1.Jahiem Wickham (Toronto FC—Canada), 18.Tristan Edwards (Fatima College),
Defenders: 5.Jaron Pascall (Police FC), 4.Jaheim Joseph (W Connection), 14.Josiah Cooper (Club Sando), 2.Christian Bailey (Defence Force FC), 13.Noah Roka (FC Stadieu—Austria), 3.Marvin Waldrop (Club Sando), 19.Isaiah Thompson (Unattached), 16.Tyrik Trotman (Hartford Community College—USA),
Midfielders: 8.Luke Phillip (Deportivo Point Fortin), 17.Andrew De Gannes (Atlanta Utd Academy—USA), 7.Kaihim Thomas (Terminix La Horquetta Rangers), 6.Kassidy Davidson (IFAPT—Portugal), 10.Molik Jesse Khan (Minnesota United II—USA), 15.Micah Cain (TSV Meerbusch—Germany),
Attackers: 9.Real Gill (Terminix La Horquetta Rangers), 12.Josiah Wilson (Cercle Brugge KSV—Belgium), 11.Nathaniel James (W Connection), 20.Tarik Lee (W Connection).