Elie: Under 17s preparations on stream for September

National Under 17 Men’s Team head coach Ken Elie is continuing to monitor the progress of a 30-man squad during ongoing preparations for the Caribbean Football Union Final round of qualification slated to take place in Trinidad in September.

Elie has been overseeing the team’s preparations for close to a year now and has rated its current state as satisfactory.

“Things have gone fairly well. One of the big things for us of recent was our visit to Tobago a couple weeks ago. We played two games and were able to come away with five players that will be joining the current squad in June which is a boost for us,” Elie told TTFA Media.

The Team will play Petrotrin Palo Seco on Monday morning at Manny Ramjohn Stadium and Defence Force’s Super League team next Saturday at the same venue from 9:30am.

“We recently wrapped up our strength and conditioning training and this included a session on the Las Cuevas beach last Thursday which the players responded positively to” he added.

Elie said Canada-based player Tyrik Charles will join the team in June for a try out.

“We have thirty players in camp at the moment and everyone is quite eager and willing to put out the effort. We had a walkathon on Saturday from Marabella to High Street, San Fernando with the members of the team to create some awareness for the team which I thought went quite well, and we will be pushing on with our preparations with the aim and of having the team in the best possible shape by the time our first tournament comes around,” Elie added.

The team will be vying for qualification for the FIFA 2017 Under 17 World Cup in India. The grouping for the CFU Final Round will be determined and announced in due course.