Wed, Jun

Levi Garcia makes Dutch Eredevisie debut.

NATIONAL YOUTH player Levi Garcia has finally made his professional debut for AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Eredevisie--the highest level of football in the Netherlands.

Garcia, who turned 18 late last year, came on as a second- half substitute in a 4-2 victory for AZ at home to Feyenoord.

Wearing the number 28, the former Shiva Boys’ Hindu College winger replaced Dutchborn Dabney Dos Santos in the 68th minute, with his team leading 4-1; despite conceding a late goal, Alkmaar went on to win by two clear.

After falling behind in the 12th minute, AZ equalised through Norway’s Markus Henriksen in the 23rd, before Dutch striker Vincent Janssen fired in a hat-trick to secure the victory.

AZ Alkmaar presently lie 10th in the 18-team Eredevisie table, on 25 points; Feyenoord (36) are third behind leaders Ajax Amsterdam (47) and PSV Eindhoven (44). The team includes Dutch international Ron Vlaar and is managed by John Van Den Brom.

Garcia, a former TT Under-19 winger, joined AZ last year before he had made a single appearance for Central FC, who went on to win the 2014-15 TT Pro League championship.

Yesterday’s match was played before 15,217 fans at Alkmaar’s AFAS Stadion.

Video - Levi Garcia - AZ Alkmaar - new beginning!