National Under 17 Men’s team head coach Stern John today announced his final 20-man roster for the upcoming Concacaf Under 17 Men’s Championship.
John alongside assistant Kenwyne Jones had been preparing a provisional squad for the past few weeks before selecting the final twenty.
T&T faces Bermuda in its opening group encounter on May 1st at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. They then face Jamaica on May 3rd and Mexico on May 5th. The top three teams will advance to the knockout stage.
See Video below for John comments at today’s press briefing.
“I am very excited about our upcoming tournament. The guys took the training very well. We had to get in everything in a very short space of time. The guys took it all on board and relishing the opportunity. The guys are excited and I am excited myself to go there and compete. We want to go there and try to qualify for the second round firstly. I think our main goal is to win our first game which is important. I think once we do that then we have a very good chance of qualifying for the knockout phase,” John said.
See More of John’s comments at today’s press briefing below.
The 2019 CONCACAF U-17 Championship will be the 6th edition of the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship (19th edition if all eras included), the men’s under-17 international football tournament organized by CONCACAF. It will be hosted in the United States between 1 May and 16 May 2019. The top four teams will qualify for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil as CONCACAF representatives. Mexico are the defending champions.
The format for qualification has changed since the 2017 edition. The qualifying competition no longer features Caribbean and Central American zones.
The 41 CONCACAF teams were ranked based on the CONCACAF Men’s Under-17 Ranking as of May 2017. A total of 35 teams entered the tournament. The highest-ranked 16 entrants were exempt from qualifying and advanced directly to the group stage of the final tournament, while the lowest-ranked 19 entrants had to participate in qualifying, where the four group winners advanced to the round of 16 of the knockout stage of the final tournament.
Photo caption: Stern John plays a ball during Friday’s session at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium.Photo/TTFA Media.