Venezuela’s Under 15 boys’ team arrived here Sunday ahead of their opening clash with Mexico in the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association’s Youth Invitational tournament on Wednesday at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
The team, coached by Frank Tamanaco Piedrahita, was greeted by TTFA vice president Ewing Davis and Venezuela Ambassador to T&T Carlos Perez on their arrival at the Piarco International Airport.
Perez welcomed the team and immediately urged Venezuelan nationals currently in T&T to come out in full support of the team for all their matches in the tournament.
“As Ambassador, I am extremely excited, delighted and proud to welcome the Venezuela national Under-15 team to Trinidad and Tobago,” Perez told TTFA Media.
“It is a proud moment and a great opportunity. I see this as a very important trip not just for football but for relations between the countries. That’s the way it should be and that’s the cooperation we have as countries.
“The Venezuelan community in Trinidad and Tobago is a large one and we hope to see everyone at the stadium to support Venezuela and to see all the matches next week. We want to wish all the teams the best and it is an honour to have them here.”
The Venezuela under-17 team reached the 2018 FIFA U-17 World Cup and this current team is being groomed for the next World Cup qualifiers at the U-17 level. Pierdrahita said getting to play against Mexico, Panama and T&T in the tournament was a good opportunity for his team.
“This is a great opportunity for us to play against international teams that are preparing for international competitions in the same conditions as us. It will be a good tournament with strong teams and we are looking forward to it. We will work towards playing our style of football which we hope to impress with and to compete well in every match that we play here,” Pierdrahita told TTFA Media.
Venezuela faces Mexico at 5.15 pm on Wednesday with T&T taking on Panama at 7.15 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium. Mexico and Panama arrive in T&T today.
In related news, the TT Football Association (TTFA) will offer fans the opportunity to view all matches in this tournament via a global livestream and broadcast on local television.
The matches starting with today’s double header at the Ato Boldon Stadium will be available via OZ Sports after the TTFA completed negotiations to partner with the Iceland-based company. OZ have also partnered with Concacaf for livestreaming of its matches including the just concluded 2019 Gold Cup.
Fans will be able to access the games at US$2.99 per match and US$7.99 per matchday or US$19.99 for matches on all three matchdays. The stream will be available via the OZ app and further details on additional access options will be provided shortly.