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T&T players led by Josiah Wilson, left, challenges a player from Costa Rica for the ball during their warm-up match yesterday. ...Courtesy TTFA Media

T&T Under-20 footballers started training on Tuesday under the guidance of national coach Angus Eve.

T&T’s Under-20 footballers will continue preparations in a live-in camp in Costa Rica until June 16 before leaving a day later for the CONCACAF Under-20 Championships in Honduras.

Stand-in coach Reynold Carrington has had two friendly matches against the home team over the past week, which they drew 0-0 in the first and lost 2-1 in the other. Head coach Angus Eve who is with the T&T’s senior men’s team, had said a third matches against a team of repute would have been considered.

On Monday, Amiel Mohammed, the T&T Football Association’s general secretary said a third game would depend on whether coach Carrington sees the need to give his troops another run out.

That third match, Mohammed said, is expected to be against a club team there. “That decision for a third match will depend on Carrington or Eve, if they feel the under 20 players need more match practice. In the Meanwhile, the team will continue their training in Costa Rica until it’s time to leave for the tournament,” Mohammed said.

The under-20s will contest Group F action alongside CONCACAF powerhouse Mexico, Haiti and Suriname. The top three teams in the group will advance to the round of 16, where they will be joined by the four teams advancing from the 2021 CONCACAF U-20 Championship qualifying.

The U-20s will begin their campaign against Haiti on June 19 at the Estadio Francisco Morazan in San Pedro Sula before facing the Mexicans on June 21 at the same venue. They complete their campaign against Suriname on June 23.

Watch Eve wraps up U-20s Training Camp in Costa Rica

The team will have a final session on Thursday before departing for San Pedro Sula on Friday for the Concacaf U-20 Men's Championship. T&T's opening game is against Haiti on June 19.