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Former national captain and recent Under
17 head coach Russell Latapy is upbeat about
the recent revelations by the TTFA to imple-
ment its Elite Youth Development Pro-
And the former Boavista and Glasgow
Rangers man is anticipating the actioning of
this massive project that will see focus being
placed on the Under 13 age groups for national
teams coming up through the ranks prior to
the senior level.
"I am absolutely delighted about this. It
has always been my feeling that we have a
lot of knowledge here and talent and we
needed to give more direction and nurturing
towards this talent both for players and coach-
es. And I think a programme like this affords
us that opportunity," Latapy said.
"My incentive has always been being able
to help the younger ones, to give guidance
and pass on my knowledge and I am happy
we will be getting the opportunity to do so
in what is a bit of an easier way now with
"I am fired about that," Latapy continued:
"It is an opportunity to give a lot of young
men that chance to do something with their
lives and to help their parents, their families.
It has a to be a programme that would need
to be well organised because there are a lot
of kids in this country playing football. And
we need it to be continuous. I congratulate
the Association and NLCB for their vision."
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, November 4, 2016
Joevin Jones has been
one of the most talked
about players in the latter
part of the ongoing Amer-
ican Major League Soccer
(MLS) season as he helped
Seattle Sounders not only
reach the playoffs but pro-
vided two great assists on
their 3-0 blow out of Dal-
las FC a few days ago.
And now his teammates
are describing him as one
of most potent wingers in
"I ve told him, he has the potential to play in Europe,
easily," teammate Nelson Valdez said. "I still think
he s playing just 50 percent of what he can."
Seattle head coach Brian Schmetzer added: "I think
he is a winger at heart. He s honestly a very good one-
v-one defender. I think people don t expect that from
him because of his attacking qualities, but you don t
see a lot of people running past him. He s definitely
a winger at heart, but I think this role suits him."
Jones plays more of an attacking winger for T&T
but is asked to perform a more defensive role for Seat-
tle.And about thoughts that he s only realised 50 percent
of his potential, Schmetzer sees him potentially going
"Keep working. Keep doing what he s doing,"
Schmetzer said. "He has a ton of talent. He s still
young. Getting used to maybe playing at left back for
us, when he plays in the midfield for his national team,
some of those nuances, as you get a little older, you
get more experienced. You take what games give you."
T&T fans will be hoping Jones turns up the heat
on joevi 11 when Costa Rica visits for a World Cup
qualifier at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
Playing for T&T a blessing,
says DC United player
Forward Taofik Lucas-Walker made his debut for
this country s national under 20 team at the just con-
cluded Caribbean Championship in Curacao. Lucas-
Walker played his part in helping the team secure
qualification for the CONCACAF Final round in Costa
Rica next year, despite the team disappointingly losing
to Antigua/Barbuda and Bermuda in its final two
The experience for Walker who qualifies to play for
T&T as both his parents were born here, was a dream
come true, he said.
"Suiting up for Trinidad and Tobago has truly been
a blessing. It was such an honour to be selected to
represent the country. There is no bigger honour in
a football player s career. In addition it has given me
the opportunity to improve, along with the chance to
represent my family for the country that I can call
home," Walker said.
He is currently a senior at the Georgetown Day
High School in Washington. He is attached to the DC
United Under 18 Academy as a right winger.
Lucas-Walker knows T&T has its work cut out in
order to qualify for the 2017 FIFA Under 20 World
Cup in South Korea but he is ready for the challenge.
"I believe that the key to succeeding in the Concacaf
rounds is knowing and embracing everyone s strengths
when it comes to what we put on the field.
"The T&T staff did an outstanding job applying
our 4-3-3 formation and tactics to outsmart the oppo-
sition during the two week camp in Panama, and even
the CFU rounds. ," he said.
Jones leaves tongues wagging in MLS
Joevin Jones, left,
on the move for
Seattle Sounders in
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