PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Coach of the Under-23 Trinidad and Tobago squad, Angus Eve has hailed the quality of the 20-man squad selected this week to contest the final round of CONCACAF qualifiers for the 2012 Olympics.
Eve, a former national player, said arriving at the final squad had been difficult but said the strength of the side was not in doubt.
“It was a difficult decision because all of the guys have been fantastic. There wasn’t difference in the players in the squad. I think we have a very strong unit going forward,” Eve said.
“The difficult thing for me is that when we look back at the Pan American Games we did really well and here we have players who came in to strengthen the squad and that made the selection decisions a bit harder.
“We didn’t have players like Daneil Cyrus, Sean De Silva and Kevan George and young Cato in the Pan Am Games. I must give credit to the players who helped to bring us this far and will still be part of the overall 35-man roster.”
The qualifiers, which will be played in Carson, California, will see T&T facing Mexico tomorrow before taking on Panama on Sunday.
T&T will then clash with defending champions Honduras on Tuesday in their final game of the preliminary round of the eight-team tournament.
Two teams will qualify for London.
SQUAD – Sheldon Bateau (captain), Andre Marchan, Sheldon Clarke, Leslie Russell, Kareem Moses, Mekeil Williams, Curtis Gonzales, Daneil Cyrus, Joevin Jones, Sean De Silva, Jeromie Williams, Kevin Molino, Kevan George, Micah Lewis, Jayson Joseph, Jomal Williams, Jamal Gay, Trevin Caesar, Cordell Cato, Shahdon Winchester.