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Former National Under-17 Head Coach Ken Elie has taken up a new role as Technical Director of the Miscellaneous Laventille United Football Club.

Elie, was head coach of the Trinidad and Tobago Under-17 team in 2000, during the early stages of the preparations of the team for the 2001 FIFA Under-17 World Cup staged in T&T.

He also took on the head coach role of the most recent T&T U-17 men’s team last year before Russell Latapy took over the reign ahead of the Caribbean Football Union leg of the U-17 World Cup qualifiers.

Elie said he is anticipating the new challenge with the Laventille United team which entered the Northern Football Association competitions last year and earned promotion to the Premier Division for 2017.

“Taking up the post with Laventille United presents a valuable opportunity and a patriotic one for me to serve the young people of a historically vibrant community in sport and culture, a community that has given and produced so much but has received little in comparison,” Elie said last Saturday.

“Being in this position now as technical director is my way of respecting all of Laventille and serving and contributing to their development. I am looking forward to long and professional relationship with the club management which is led by a committed individual in Sham Mohammed and the Miscellaneous Group,” Elie added.

Elie is also known for working with other local teams such as St Anthony’s College, Essex, WASA FC - which he helped attain national FA Cup success, and the St Dominic’s Children’s Home in the Atlantic LNG/Real Madrid programme.

Elie will also serve as assistant coach to the Laventille first team under head coach Cedric Hazelwood but will oversee the technical development of the club which also comprises youth teams in different age groups.

Mohammed and his establishment, the Miscellaneous Group have been the financiers of the Laventille United club and will handle Elie’s operations with the club.