We are pleased to reveal that Men’s National U-17 Player Rio Cardines obtained his Trinidad and Tobago Passport on Friday February 10th, 2023 and is now eligible to represent this country in International Football.
Rio. will now fly out along with team manager Christo Gouveia to join the rest of the Team in Antigua, Guatemala and will arrive there on Saturday morning for the Concacaf Men’s U-17 Championship.
Rio’s grandfather Patrick Cardines and his grandmother are both Trinidad and Tobago-born. Rio, who is attached to English club Crystal Palace, was born in Stevenage, England.
“I’m delighted to have finally obtained my Trinidad and Tobago passport. It’s been my dream as a kid to play football for Trinidad and Tobago and hopefully now I can realise this ambition and go on to make a valuable contribution for many years to come,” Rio said.
The TTFA wishes to express its gratitude to the Minister of National Security,the Honourable Fitzgerald Hinds and his Ministry, the Ministry of Legal Affairs and the Mayor of Port of Spain Mr. Joel Martinez for their assistance and efforts during the process of securing Rio’s passport.
It is our hope that Rio’s success in obtaining his passport will foster an environment that facilitates similarly talented players of Trinidad and Tobago descent being able to represent the various National Teams.
Trinidad and Tobago takes on Canada on Saturday from 6pm TT at the Estadio Pensativo and that match will be aired live on FS2. T&T then takes on United States on Monday with a live broadcast on FS1 at 9:00pm TT followed by the closing group match against Barbados on Wednesday from 6:00pm on Fox Soccer Plus.
The Trinidad and Tobago squad arrived in Guatemala City on Thursday night from Kingston, Jamaica where it was based in a two-match Residential training camp over the past week.