The national under-15 boys footballers will face a Republic Bank Invitational under-15 team at the Ato Boldon Stadium from 6.30 p.m. today to mark the opening of the Republic Bank National Youth League.
The game will mark the unveiling of the U-15 team, under head coach Russell Latapy, as they engage in preparations for the 2019 FIFA Under-17 Men's World Cup qualifying campaign.
“This match will provide us with a good opportunity to have the boys in a game environment as obviously they are eager to play as we have been engaged in training sessions for a good part of this year already,” Latapy told TTFA Media.
“The preparations have been ongoing and the interest and the willingness among the boys to put in the effort and take things on board in training has been commendable,” the former Porto player added.
This year the Republic Bank National Youth league runs for three months and is the TTFA's approved National Youth League. More than 100 clubs are expected to participate in the league. Latapy's squad comprises of players who were selected during a nationwide screening event a couple months ago at the Carapichaima East Secondary School.
The Republic Bank National Youth League kicks off next Saturday at the Queen's Park Savannah. Fans are encouraged to attend today's match and there will be a admission fee of $10 with proceeds going towards the national U-15 team.
The team is looking ahead to the 2017 CONCACAF Boys Under-15 Championship at IMG's world-renowned campus in Bradenton, Florida, from August 13-19. Honduras captured the inaugural CONCACAF Boys Under-15 Championship in 2013, topping a field of 22 teams in the Cayman Islands.