Latapy finalises U-15 Squad for Concacaf Championship

This Country’s National Under 15 Boys Team will head off to Florida on Monday to contest the 2017 CONCACAF Under 15 Boys Championship at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida from August 13th-19th.

Under head coach Russell Latapy, the team has been in training for the past six months and will be entering their first competition at Concacaf level having previously participated at the Cayman Airways International Cup in May.

Latapy finalised an 18-man squad on the weekend to head to the championship where T&T have been drawn into Group B alongside Costa Rica, United States and Canada. T&T opens their campaign on August 13th against Costa Rica and will play Canada a day later before closing off the group stage against the US on August 16th.

The other countries taking part include Group A – Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica and Panama, Group C – El Salvador, Bermuda, Martinique and Cuba, Group D – Haiti, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Curacao, Group E – Puerto Rico, Belize, Barbados and Guadeloupe, Group F – St Lucia, Suriname, Guyana and St Kitts/Nevis, Group G – Aruba, Cayman Islands, Bonaire and Saint Martin, Group H- Antigua/Barbuda, Grenada, Dominica and Sint Maarten, Group I – Bahamas, US Virgin Islands, French Guiana and St Vincent/Grenadines and Group J with British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Montserrat and Turks and Caicos.

T&T Players at training today at Hasely Crawford Stadium./TTFA Media

Speaking about the preparations and the final team selection, Latapy, once an Under 1 5 T&T player himself, said he was anticipating the tournament and the opportunity to come up against three solid Concacaf opponents.

“I’m extremely happy with the group of players that we have and not only with the final group of players that were selected for the tournament but I am also happy with the players so far who have contributed to the level of where we’re at right now,” Latapy told TTFA Media.

“We’ve trained hard. We are up to five sessions per week in preparation for this tournament. We think that  technically and tactically the boys are starting to understand exactly what we are trying to do. We are not over confident going into the tournament but I am confident that we can give a good account of ourselves,” Latapy added.

“‘I’ll take this opportunity as well to thank the association for all the support we have had, especially with the challenges we have faced. We had a pretty extensive preparation period starting with the screening in the zones and so and we have had that opportunity to carry out the entire process,” the former Porto midfielder added.

“We have solid teams in our group and I’m very eager to see how we show up against them. I think these kind of tests of playing quality opponents at this level is critical and we will embrace this challenge. This is all about development now for these young boys,” Latapy said.

Latapy is currently also in charge of the Under 17 Men’s Team which also trains every week with this group set to be the next T&T Under 20 Men’s Team for the 2019 FIFA Under 20 World Cup qualifying campaign.

18-man Squad

1. Adriel George
2. Amaal Julien
3. Antonio Chee Ting
4. Cephas St. Rose
5. Darian Bradshaw
6. Ezekiel Kesar
7. Jabari Lee
8. Jahiem Wickam
9. Jaiye Sheppard
10. Jean-Heim Mc Fee
11. Josiah Edwards
12. Josiah Allen
13. Justin Araujo- Wilson
14. Kernel La Fon
15. Marc Wharfe
16. Randy Antoine
17. Rhowen Stewart- Williams
18. Zachary Welch

Team- Staff
1. Russell Latapy- Head Coach
2. Aaron Pollard- Manager
3. Duane Richardson- Assistant Coach
4. Otis Hislop- Physiotherapist
5. Rawle Webster- Trainer
6. Devin Elcock- Equipment Manager
7. Kevin Graham- Goalkeeper Coach

Additional Player Info

Name: Antonio Chee Ting [#4]

Date of Birth: 25 February 2002

Position: Right Center Back

School: Trinity College East

Club: Jabloteh

Hometown: La Horquetta

Name: Darian Bradshaw [#3]

Date of Birth: 20 May 2003

Position: Left Center Back/ Left Back

School: Queens Royal College

Club: St. Ann’s Rangers

Hometown: Chaguanas

Name: Rhowen Stewart- Williams [#12]

Date of Birth: 10 May 2002

Position: Right Back

School: St. Benedict’s College

Club: Club Sando

Hometown: San Fernando

Name: Ezekiel Kesar [#9]

Date of Birth: 27 March 2002

Position: Center Midfield

School: Naparima Boys College

Club: Point Fortin Civic

Hometown: Point Fortin

Name: Zachary Welch [#13]

Date of Birth: 04 June 2002

Position: Center Midfield

School: Fatima College

Club: Unattached

Hometown: Diego Martin

Name: Jabari Lee [#6]

Date of Birth: 23 August 2002

Position: Center Midfield

School: Pleasantville East

Club: W Connection

Hometown: San Fernando

Name: Jaiye Sheppard [#11]

Date of Birth: 16 February 2002

Position: Left Wing

School: Scarborough Secondary

Club: Phoenix FC

Hometown: Roxborough

Name: Josiah Edwards [#10]

Date of Birth: 17 March 2003

Position: Attacking Midfield

School: Brazil Secondary

Club: Jabloteh

Hometown: La Horquetta

Name: Jean- Heim Mc Fee [#7]

Date of Birth: 01 March 2002

Position: Center Forward

School: St. James Secondary

Club: St. Ann’s Rangers

Hometown: Diego Martin

Name: Justin Araujo- Wilson [#17]

Date of Birth: 26 August 2002

Position: Center Forward

School: Fatima College

Club: Defence Force

Hometown: Belmont

Name: Jahiem Wickham [#1]

Date of Birth: 26 February 2003

Position: Goal Keeper

School: St. Anthony’s College

Club: Trendsetter Hawks

Hometown: Diego Martin

Name: Josiah Allen [#8]

Date of Birth: 10 January 2002

Position: Right Wing

School: Shiva Boys Hindu College

Club: Unattached

Hometown: Penal

Name: Randy Antoine [#2]

Date of Birth: 23 August 2002

Position: Right Back

School: Arima North Secondary

Club: Jabloteh

HomeTown: Arima

Name: Cephas St. Rose [#5]

Date of Birth: 21 February 2002

Position: Right Center Back

School: Independiente Sabaneta

Club: Independiente Sabaneta FC

Hometown: Colombia

Name: Adriel George [#15]

Date of Birth: 10 September 2002

Position: Center Midfield

School: Bishops High School Tobago

Club: St. Clair Coaching School

Hometown: Calder Hall

Name: Aamal Julien [#14]

Date of Birth: 03 July 2003

Position: Center Forward/ Attacking Midfield

School: Point Fortin East Secondary

Club: Point Fortin Civic

Hometown: Point Fortin

Name: Kernel La Fon [#18]

Date of Birth: 11 January 2003

Position: Goal Keeper

School: Matura Secondary

Club: North East Stars

Hometown: Sangre Grande

Name: Marc Wharfe [#16]

Date of Birth: 25 May 2002

Position: Left Back

School: Maple Leaf International School

Club: Defence Force

Hometown: Maraval

IMG Academy sits on more than 550 acres and features more than 20 multi-sport fields, 50 tennis courts, a 5,000-seat state-of-the-art stadium, two 10,000+ square foot weight rooms and residential halls and accommodations for athletes and guests. The IMG campus provides an ideal all-around environment for CONCACAF’s under-15 teams to train and perform.

Nations from across the CONCACAF region have already entered the tournament that is designed to encourage development for youth players from across the Confederation, while promoting competition at the international level for all Member Associations – including those for which few competitive opportunities exist at this age level. The competition format, schedule and roster of participating Member Associations will be announced as the tournament nears.

Honduras captured the inaugural CONCACAF Boys Under-15 Championship in 2013, topping a field of 22 teams in the Cayman Islands.