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Central FC midfielder Nathaniel Garcia was all smiles at the end of the inaugural T&T Football 7s Challenge last weekend at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port-of-Spain after leading his team Skillz that Killz to the title.

Garcia is currently preparing with the national Under-23 team for the upcoming Pan American Games and 2016 Olympic qualifiers. At the tournament, Garcia ran out for Skillz that Killz of Fyzabad and spearheaded the team’s attack throughout the two-day tournament which was contested by eight teams. He won the Most Valuable Player award for his performances which included his team’s opening goal in their 3-2 victory over Paradise FC in the Final of the competition put on by the T&T Football 7s Academy.

“I really enjoyed this tournament. It was a good opportunity for us the players to get together and play the sevens version of the game. You get to express yourself more and the game is very exciting,” Garcia said.

“For me personally, I am very happy to have played my part in the team’s success. We came together and really gave it our best. The competition was well organised and I think everyone enjoyed it. Maybe next time it will have more teams and can be bigger than this first time.”

He is expected to be shortlisted for selection on a T&T Sevens team to contest the Football 7 Worldwide Challenge in Barcelona in August. Some of the other notable names that took part in the Sevens Challenge were Lorne Joseph, Kevon Woodley, Noel Williams, Kishun Seecharan, Gary Glasgow, Hayden Tinto, Jayson Joseph, Jerwyn Balthazar and Chad Apoo among others.

Among the other teams already confirmed to participate are Vasco da Gama (Brazil), FF Marseille (France), Nacional (Uruguay), Sidekicks (Mexico), Fluminense (Brazil), Athletico LT (Northern Ireland), Global Style (Canada), Penarol (Uruguay), Juan Arango (Venezuela) and Miami City FC.