VENEZUELAN team Mafas FC are serving as sparring partners of the T&T men’s national futsal team, that is preparing for the for the Concacaf Futsal Championship.
Both teams will meet in three friendly games at the International School, Port of Spain.
Last Saturday, the first game was held, in which Mafas FC took a 1-0 victory.
The next game will be on Wednesday at 6pm at the same location. This practice session is part of the preparation for the Concacaf Futsal Championship to be held in Guatemala from May 3-9.
Moisés Pérez Mcnish, president of Mafas FC, said his team has nine former Professional Indoor Soccer League of Venezuela players.
“Great Venezuelan athletes have come to T&T in different sports, one of them is futsal, that is why our team is of a high level and can provide the T&T national team with quality training,” said Mcnish.
Lombardo Maurera is the coach of the Venezuelan team and has in his coaching staff Edgary Moreno, Ewuard Castro, Nolan Garcia Jones, Gustavo Luvin, Bárbara Zacarías and Carlos Perales, all of whom have professional experience.
“For our players, it is a pride to be here as refugees and to be able to help promote futsal in T&T, it is a dream come true for them to be able to do in this country what they do best, play futsal,” said Mcnish .
Mafas FC have been preparing for several months on the basketball court of the Siparia Sports Complex.
“The players live in Valencia, Río Claro, Arima, Port of Spain, Chaguanas, Freeport, San Fernando, Debe and Penal and every Sunday they train in Siparia at 8.30am, which shows their love and commitment to this sport,” he added. Mcnish, is also the president of the Triniven Futsal League, which is awaiting the lifting of the quarantine by covid19 to start its first championship.