Black Immigrant Daily News
The national team for the Concacaf Under-17 Championship slated for February 11 to 26 in Guatemala has been named.
The 20-member national team and seven officials will be departing Barbados on Thursday, February 9.
The young Tridents were drawn in Group B with powerhouses USA and Canada, as well neighbours Trinidad and Tobago.
Barbados will begin their campaign against USA on February 11 at the Estadio Pensativo, before battling Canada three days later at the same venue. They will take on Trinidad and Tobago on February 15.
Head coach Fabian Messiah says he is satisfied with the Under-17 team’s readiness. The team started training in April 2022.
“Preparations have been steady, we started back in April last year and to be honest, this is my first assignment but I can say I’m satisfied with the preparation because I had enough time to get the boys ready for what they are about to face,” Messiah stated.
“It is a difficult group if you are looking at traditional opponents. We have three difficult assignments but the guys are very optimistic, they have prepared properly and will be ready. I want to thank the public for supporting us as we go on this venture, it is a developmental age-group but at the end of the day we still want to get those results to show the public we can compete at this level,” he added.
The squad is made up of 19 home-grown players and one United States-based, defender Ajani Banton.
The Concacaf Under-17 Championship is also the qualification tournament for the 2023 FIFA Under-17 World Cup which will be held in Peru from November 10 to December 2, 2023.
The full squad includes:
Goal keepers: Jireh Malcolm, K’den Hee Chung.
Defenders : Ajani Banton, Ajani Payne, Warren Trotman, Zachari Yard, Kamari Johnson, Amego Jordan, Kobe Burgess, Ephraim Gill, Micaih Clarke.
Midfielders: Christian Gill, Joshua Husbands, Jaydon Greenidge, Kairos Greaves, Shamari Harewood, Ronan Lee, James Moore.
Strikers: Rovaldo Massiah, Che Millington