Venezuela arrives in high spirits for TTFA Youth Invitational

Venezuela’s National Under 15 Boys team arrived here on Sunday afternoon ahead of their opening clash with Mexico in the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association Youth Invitational tournament starting on Wednesday at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

The team, coached by Frank Tamanaco Piedrahita arrived with a 28-member contingent inclusive of players and staff and we greeted upon arrival by TTFA Vice President Ewing Davis and Venezuela Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago Carlos Perez.

Perez immediately expressed his delight on welcoming his country’s national team and urged Venezuelan nationals currently in Trinidad to purchase their tickets and attend all three matchdays.

“As Ambassador I am extremely excited, delighted and proud to welcome the Venezuela national Under 15 team to Trinidad and Tobago,” Perez told TTFA Media. “It is a proud moment and a great opportunity. I see this as a very important trip not just for football but for relations between the countries. That’s the way it should be and that’s the cooperation we have as countries.

Venezuelan ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago Carlos Perez with members of the Venezuela U-15 team on Sunday.

“The Venezuelan community in Trinidad and Tobago is a large one and we hope to see everyone at the stadium to support Venezuela and to see all the matches next week. We want to wish all the teams the best and it is an honour to have them here,” Perez said.

The Venezuela under 17 team reached the Final of the 2018 FIFA U-17 Men’s World Cup and this current team is being groomed for the next World Cup qualifiers at the U-17 level. Head coach Pierdrahita spoke of the importance of getting to play against Mexico, Panama and T&T.

“This is a great opportunity for us to play against international teams that are preparing for international competitions in the same conditions as us. It will be a good tournament with strong teams and we are looking forward to it. We will work towards playing our style of football which we hope to impress with and to compete well in every match that we play here,” Pierdrahita told TTFA Media.

Venezuela faces Mexico at 5:15pm on Wednesday with T&T taking on Panama at 7:15pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium. The Mexico and Panama teams arrive in Trinidad on Monday. Tickets are available at all NLCB Lotto outlets at $40 for each matchday and $100 to tournament passes that allows patrons to attend all matches.

Photo at top shows the Venezuelan U-15 Team at the Piarco International Arrivals on Sunday. Photo/TTFA Media.