Former Argentina international player Pablo Aimar had a message for all footballers in this country before he left these shores following a short visit as a FIFA legend alongside President Gianni Infantino earlier in the week.
“Make full use of the opportunities that will come your way,’ Aimar said in an interview on Tuesday morning before departing T&T.
Aimar arrived in T&T on Monday alongside former Colombian international Juan Pablo Angel and both men were escorted directly to the Ato Boldon Stadium from the Piarco International Airport for the TTFA Press Conference and Goodwill football match. Both Aimar and Angel played for the FIFA/TTFA team which ran out 6-0 winners over a Government/Sportt outfit.
He was there to witness the announcement by Minister of Sport Darryl Smith and TTFA President David John Williams that the Ato Boldon Stadium will be the new home of football with the establishment of a national football centre. This was also endorsed by Infantino with the creation to be part of the FIFA Goal Project.
“Having the National Development Centre will be brilliant for football in Trinidad y Tobago. You can see in other countries how important it is and now for your association and with he help of FIFA, you can turn it into something great for the game here. This will be beautiful for the players and the national teams to have now in your country,” the 37-year-old Aimar added.
“It is everyone’s dream to become great or to have a good life and football can do this for you. Now there is a chance for that dream to become closer for many of the people,” said the former River Plate player.