the Montserrat National Under-14 Football squad (photo: discoverMontserrat)

The Montserrat Football Association after intensive weeks of training has released the names of its squad of 18 players, who will be competing in the Caribbean Football Union Boys Under-14 Challenge Series in St. Kitts and Nevis.

The players are: Tyrant Thomas-Tuitt, Guerwin Barzey, Ja’Vonte Liburd, Jaylon Ryan- Aymer, Julien Romeo, Kemar Carty, Marcus Walters Jr., Shawn Greenaway, De’kwon Lee, Jermahri Meade, Vashim Roache, Johson Cabey, Jovorne Oliver, Quebert Williams, D’Vaughny Browne, Kymani Nelson, Tristan Daley, and Zain Silcott- Duberry.

The squad is accompanied by Tandica Hughes – the MFA General Secretary, George Dublin – Coach, Steadroy Meade – Logistics Officer, Ingrid Osborne – Chaperone, and William Richard – Physiotherapist.

According to a statement from the MFA, participating in the tournament will allow the young footballers the opportunity to play against their peers within the region, and experience their first real taste of competitive play.

The CFU Under-14 Challenge Series will see six groups, each comprising of five teams, competing using the round robin format. Each team will have an opportunity to play one match against the other teams within the same group.
CFU has appointed Patrick Beckles of Barbados as the Project Manager for both the boys Under-14 and CFU Women’s tournaments. Beckles is working closely with Latoya DaCosta, CONCACAF Senior Manager of Competitions and Events.

Each Participating Member Association, is responsible for covering the cost of travel to the tournament, while CFU will provide accommodation, ground transportation, and meals for all teams and officials.

President of MFA Vincent Cassell, believes, that this Under-14 tournament will allow the association to assess its youth development programme and see how it can be tweaked and improved, to better cater to the needs of Montserrat’s young players.

“MFA is certain, that after this tournament, Montserrat will be in a better position to evaluate its ability to compete in upcoming international football competitions, since it is expected that the coach and players will have a chance to identify any possible weak areas, highlighted during the matches,” Cassell stated.

He added that “Montserrat Football Association has been preparing its youth for these events through its robust Youth Development Programme. The programme comprises of two groups: the Grass Root Group, which includes both boys and girls ages seven to 12 and the Elites Group, which covers children over the age of 12.

“Outside of the regular practice times, which are Monday, Wednesday, Saturday for the Grass Roots and Tuesday, Thursday, Friday for the Elites, these football enthusiasts are able to utilize the mini football fields in Salem and Lookout to further enhance their skills.

“Parents of selected players, have indicated their pleasure in the opportunities afforded by MFA, in not just providing a consistent, reliable local after school football program for their children, but in giving them a chance at experiencing a regional competition.”

The Boys Under-14 Challenge Series takes place at the Warner Park Sporting Complex in Basseterre, St, Kitts; and Montserrat played its first match against Dominica on Saturday August 4, at 2:00 p.m. Dominica won the encounter 2-nil through goals by Davone George in the 5th minute, and Adriel Lawrence in the 25th minute. (discoverMontserrat/RSH)