Trinidad and Tobago’s National Under 15 Boys team will face Manchester City’s Under 15 team in their opening game of the Cayman Airways Invitational on Tuesday night from 8pm at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in the Cayman Islands.
The match will be the fifth one on the cards for the day following an opening ceremony from 4:30pm. Houston Dynamo Academy will face DC United in the opening match from 5pm.
The event organised by the West Bay Sports Foundation (WBSF) has attracted a dozen teams, including last year’s winner, Manchester City FC, as well as the Cayman Islands National U-15 Team.
The tournament will be played at three venues: Truman Bodden Sports Complex, Ed Bush Sports Complex and the Bluff Playing Field in Cayman Brac. It runs 2-7 May, 2017.
The T&T team which has been training since mid-February, arrived in the Caymans on Monday morning ahead of the tournament. Latapy said he was anticipating the chance to see his young troops in action away from home.
“This is a very exciting occasion for all of the players in this team,” Latapy told TTFA Media.
“For many of them, it is their first time playing a football match away from home and more importantly, representing their country which is every footballer’s dream. It is going to be a good test for them to see how they relate and respond to everything, from doing the right things on the training field, being away from home and all the conditions related to football on an international level. This is why having them out here is such an important thing and a wonderful opportunity for our young national footballers,” Latapy added.
Ahead of the first match, the former Porto man said. “It’s a good opportunity for us to play against kids from a massive club such as Manchester City. It will be a good test for us and I expect it to be a good game of football.”
WBSF co-founder, Arden Rivers also spoke of the competition, saying: “With the quality of teams that we have been able to attract, we are confident of putting on a show for spectators.”
Other competing teams include: Alchemy DSC (Minnesota), Bahamas National U15 Team, Cavalier Soccer Club (Jamaica), Cuba National U15 Team, DC United (MLS), Harbour View FC (Jamaica), Houston Dynamo Academy (MLS), IMG Academy (Florida), La Ceiba FC (Honduras), and Trinidad and Tobago National U15 Team.