Trinidad To Host CONCACAF Activities

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Jamaica Gleaner

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, March 27 (CANA)

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association, following a series of meetings here with officials of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Football Associations (CONCACAF) and the International Football Federation (FIFA), has decided to host the CONCACAF World Cup Juvenile Championships preliminary competition from August 22 to September 5 Association secretary Austin Warner has announced.

Warner said, "The CONCACAF Championships was originally scheduled for Guatemala in November but has been re-scheduled for Trinidad and Tobago owing to the political violence in Guatemala, as well as the fact that several countries expressed an unwillingness to participate in the tournament outside of July/August.

"As a result, the Caribbean Football Union's juvenile championships scheduled for here (July 17-21) will now be played in Jamaica."

The local secretary said that the top team in the CONCACAF Juvenile Championship will automatically qualify for the World Cup Youth finals in Mexico next year, while the second-placed team will qualify the play against Israel and one country from the Oceania group with the chance of also making it to the finals.

Warner also said that the CONCACAF Congress has been scheduled for Trinidad and Tobago for May 28 and 29. He added that all these matters are to be ratified by the CONCACAF executive on or before April.

The staging of the CONCACAF series and hosting the Congress will cost his Association approximately 500,000 dollars (1 TT dollar 41 cents U.S.) and said, "We have requested assistance from government and have appointed a high-powered team to plan the entire affair."