The U-17 Men’s Team
Trinidad and Tobago has appeared at two FIFA Under 17 World Cups in 2001 and 2007 and narrowly missed out on qualification in 2011 and 2013.
This country was the host nation on 2001, staging, according to FIFA, one of the best ever Under 17 World Cups.
Coached by Brazilian Rene Simoes, T&T ‘s squad included several talented players including current Senior Team captain Kenwyne Jones and senior teams goalkeepers Jan Michael Williams and Marvin Phillip. T&T found themselves in a tough group alongside the likes of Brazil who were 6-1 winners, a well as Australia and Croatia. T&T lost the opener 2-1 to Croatia with the highlight of the match being a fantastic individual goal by Nkosi Blackman for T&T.
Under Anton Corneal, T&T would go on to qualify for the 2007 FIFA Under 17 World Cup in South Korea. An early first half goal by Kevin Molino stunned hosts Jamaica in the final match of the tournament, putting T&T through to the World Cup.
A FIFA report stated “The islanders had themselves a rough old start in CONCACAF qualifying Group B in Kingston, Jamaica in April and May. Losing their first two matches to the USA and Costa Rica, they were outscored 5-0 on the aggregate and failed to find the back of the net in 180 minutes of football. However, they managed to find their form on 5 May with a 2-1 win over fancied Canada. Goals from Stephen Knox and Leston Paul were enough to see the Trinidadians through with a shout of qualifying for Korea. A final match against hosts Jamaica loomed with all-or-nothing consequences. Kevin Molino turned out to the be the hero for T&T as his strike in the 13th minute was enough to see off the home Reggae Boyz and send Trinidad back to the FIFA U-17 World Cup finals for only the second time in their history.”
The experience was more than a learning one for the young team in Korea, with Stephan Campbell’s long range strike being the only high point in an opening 5-1 defeat to Ghana. T&T went onto lose 5-0 to Colombia which included current star James Rodriguez at the time, and 5-0 to Germany.
In 2013, T&T needed a win against hosts Panama to qualify for the FIFA Under 17 World Cup in 2013 but they suffered a 4-2 defeat after taking a 1-0 lead. In 2011, T&T also came to withing a win of advancing but lost its closing game to Canada.
In 2015, the T&T U-17 team reached the CONCACAF Final stage but were not contenders for qualification.
T&T Squad at 2007 FIFA Under 17 World Cup in South Korea
Jesse Fullerton; Aubrey David; Ryan O Neil; Sheldon Bateau; Akeem Adams; Leston Paul; Brenton Balbosa; Sean De Silva; Aaron Maund; Stephen Knox; Daniel Joseph; Robert Primus; Stephan Campbell; Jean Luc Rochford; Chike Sullivan; Marcus Joseph; Daneil Cyrus; Micah Lewis; Kevin Molino; Kern Caesar; Glenroy Samuel
T&T Squad at 2001 FIFA Under 17 World Cup in T&T
Marvin Phillip; Julius James; Lee Haynes; Devon Bristol; Terrence Mcallister; Kenwyne Jones; Jerol Forbes; Roderick Anthony; Cyrone Edwards; Devon Leacock; Kerron Phillips; Jamal Hamid; Kahlil Mathura; Andre Alexis; Nkosi Blackman; Ochieng Abosi; Makan Hislop; Jan-Michael Williams