Trinidad and Tobago Under 20 head coach Derek King expects this country’s under 20 footballers to pick up more momentum as they look ahead to three of what may be their toughest challenges at the CONCACAF Under 20 Championship in Jamaica.
Currently in second place on the table behind leaders Panama (six points), and level with Guatemala while being ahead of United States and Jamaica, both with one point each, T&T under20s will face of with Guatemala today in a match, the result of which will be crucial towards both teams chances of advancing to the final six team stage.
After opening their campaign with a 2-all draw with rallying hosts Jamaica, T&T came up with a 5-1 victory over Aruba on Sunday evening.
Panama who drubbed Aruba 4-nil in their opening game stopped United States 1-0 on Sunday while Guatemala who drew with the United States defeated hosts Jamaica 1-0 also on Sunday.
But King is well aware that his team has three difficult matches remaining in the group phase, starting today (4 pm Tt time) versus Guatemala, continuing Sunday versus Panama and concluding next Wednesday against the United States.
There are six other nation teams in the other Group and at the end of both Group phases, the Group winners will be the direct first qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup finals to be played in New Zealand in May-June this year.
The second and third-placed teams in both Groups will then meet in a cross-over playoff with the two winners also earning the last two Cup finals places