The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) yesterday revealed the current local-based longlist of Men’s National Under-17 Team head coach Shawn Cooper, with a remarkable 28 from his 35 member provisional squad coming from just four schools.
Fatima College, the beaten Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Big 4 finalists, account for just over a third of Cooper’s squad with a dozen of their players deemed good enough to survive the culls so far.
The Fatima players in the current National Under-17 Team training squad are: Jaden Ottley, Michiah Leach, Kade Collier, Jaheam Bailey, Logan Maingot, Jaden Williams, Michael Chaves, Luke Correia, Thomas Decle, Seth Hadeed, Yohance Atherton and Darius Jordan.
Incidentally, only Atherton and Williams are regular starters for Fatima coach Hutson Charles’ Premier Division outfit, while Jordan, Collier, Chaves, Correia and Maingot usually contribute from off the substitutes’ bench.
The other five national inclusions play almost exclusively with the Fatima Under-16 Team.
Fellow North Zone school, Queen’s Royal College, and Big 4 champions St Benedict’s College have six picks each on the National Under-17 longlist while Presentation College (San Fernando) have four spots.
Three Tobago players are in the mix, who are the Scarborough Secondary duo of Selezde Duke and Machiah Taylor as well as Goodwood Secondary midfielder Justin Clarke.
QPCC FC now appear to be the dominant source of national youth talent with 14 picks, including 10 Fatima players: Ottley, Leach, Jordan, Collier, Maingot, Williams, Chaves, Correia, Hadeed and Atherton.
The “Parkites” also account for the QRC duo of Cristiano Austin and Micah Nelson, St Mary’s College flanker Josiah Connell, and Trimont College right back David Hospedales.
Point Fortin Academy have the second most call-ups with five: Jeremiah Niles, Josiah Ochoa, Lyshaun Morris (all St Benedict’s College), Isaiah Jacob (Presentation College, San F’do), McKale Thomas (Vessigny Secondary).
San Juan Jabloteh and Pro Series Events have three players each on Cooper’s longlist while Cox Football Academy and Brother Ry’s Academy (Tobago) have two each.
TTFA High Performance Programme coordinator and Men’s National Futsal Team head coach Paul Decle is head of the Pro Series team.
The Men’s National Under-17 Team is preparing for the 2023 Concacaf Championship, which kicks off in Guatemala next February. The junior Soca Warriors are grouped with the United States, Canada and Barbados.
The top three teams will advance to the Round of 16, which is a knockout stage, while the four Concacaf semifinalists qualify automatically for the Peru 2023 Under-17 World Cup.
At present, Cooper is also evaluating North America-based talent as the TTFA revealed that Nahi Morrison (Alexandria Soccer Association), Isaiah Dove (Maryland Bobcats Academy), Tyrell Moore (Nashville SC), Jeremiah Cateau (Concorde Fire), Damien Maraj (Coral Glades High School), Ailan Panton (Darlington Soccer Academy), Luka Hislop (Valeo FC), Jayden Gomez, Noah Hudson, Jaden Chan Tack (all South Florida Football) were also screened.
Elijah Hicks, Ezra Hicks (both FC Cincinnati), Brandon Dhanoolal (World Class), Armani Rowe (Cedar Star) and Joshua Palmer (Plantation FC) are also invited to join the current training squad over the next month.
Luka Hislop, a forward, is the son of iconic former Trinidad and Tobago international goalkeeper Shaka Hislop, who represented the twin island republic at the Germany 2006 World Cup. And Tyrell Moore is the son of former Trinidad and Tobago forward Wendell Moore and younger brother of current US international Shaq Moore.
Tyrell also caught the eye of then Men’s National Under-20 Team coach Angus Eve, earlier this year, but failed to break into his final Concacaf squad.
Within the local-based training squad, Paul Decle’s son, Thomas, is also a member of Cooper’s longlist.
Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Under-17 local-based training squad:
Goalkeepers: Jaden Ottley (Fatima College/ QPCC), Jayeim Blake (El Dorado East/ Ginga FC), Cristiano Austin (QRC/ QPCC), Thane Devenish (St Benedict’s College/ San Juan Jabloteh), Machiah Taylor (Scarborough Secondary/ Brother Ry’s Academy);
Defenders: David Hospedales (Trimont College/ QPCC), Joachim Callender (St Anthony’s College/ San Juan Jabloteh), Lyshaun Morris (St Benedict’s College/ Pt Fortin Academy), Mahkaya Mahon (St Anthony’s College/ T&T Maestros), Michiah Leach (Fatima College/ QPCC), Jaden Williams (Fatima College/ QPCC), Joshua Figaro (Trinity College East/ Trendsetter Hawks), Kyron Joseph (Naparima College/ Club Sando FC), Yohance Atherton (Fatima College/ QPCC), Darius Jordan (Fatima College/ QPCC), Selezde Duke (Scarborough Secondary/ Roxborough), McKale Thomas (Vessigny Secondary/ Point Fortin Academy), Josiah Connell (St Mary’s College/ QPCC);
Midfielders: Josiah Ochoa (St Benedict’s College/ Pt Fortin Academy), Darrel Garcia (St Benedict’s College/ Cox FA), Malachi Webb (St Benedict’s College/ Premier FC), Mackeil Edwards (Presentation College, San F’do/ Crown Trace FC), Isaiah Jacob (Presentation College, San F’do/ Pt Fortin Academy), Vaughn Clement (Presentation College, San F’do/ Cox FA), Raul Perreira (Presentation College/ M12 Academy), Kade Collier (Fatima College/ QPCC), Jeremiah Niles (St Benedict’s College/ Point Fortin Academy), Logan Maingot (Fatima College/ QPCC), Nathan Quashie (QRC/ W Connection), Aydon Caruth (QRC/ Police FC), Tau Lamsee (QRC/ Pro Series), Zion Aberdeen (QRC), Thomas Decle (Fatima College/ Pro Series), Micah Nelson (QRC/ QPCC), Seth Hadeed (Fatima College/ QPCC), Lindell Sween (San Juan North Secondary);
Forwards: Jaheam Bailey (Fatima College/ Pro Series), Luke Correia (Fatima College/ QPCC), Michael Chaves (Fatima College/ QPCC), Andell Fraser (St Anthony’s College/ Trendsetter Hawks), Justin Clarke (Goodwood Secondary/ Brother Ry’s Academy), Jordan Ferdinand (St Augustine Secondary/ San Juan Jabloteh).