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Mitchell eager to impress in Guatemala
Darren Mitchell has described his first weeks at Guatemalan club Deportivo Guastatoya as challenging but he is getting closer to comfort with every day that passes in the Central American destination.
The 27-year-old player, formerly of Tobago Phoenix and Central FC, has played in a couple training matches for the club so far.
“The experience with my new club so far have been challenging but great. The players and staff have made me feel good, almost as if I am home. I just have to work on my Spanish,” Mitchell said on Wednesday.
He would probably want to consider practicing the language with the likes of Daneil Cyrus and Jan Michael Williams as well as Mexican-based duo Shahdon Winchester and Jomal Williams who have all found themselves needing to at least understand the language due to their destination of choice in recent times.
“For me it’s great to be here because I’ve always wanted to experience playing abroad. I’ve just got to work hard and do well for the club and better my name and my reputation as a player,” said Mitchell, who was born in Princes Town but grew up in Tobago.
Mitchell was brought back into the national set up earlier this year by Dennis Lawrence for a friendly against Barbados and he reckons his time in national colours has had a positive impact on him.
“Being on the national team earlier this year has done a lot for me because it created opportunities abroad for me and also help me to build my confidence as a player. As I try to settle more to the conditions here, I would just would like to thank my mom for her continuous support and belief in me and Sergi Roca (agent) for getting me this opportunity,” said Mitchell, who is on a one-year contract with Guastatoya.
Boatswain season starts at month end
Jamille Boatswain will be hoping to make his competitive debut in Costa Rica on July 30 when Alajuelense takes on Grecia away from home in the first match of the Costa Rican Premier Division.
The former Defence Force man has been preparing for the upcoming season with the club and is thankful that he will be a month at least into the league but the time the World Cup qualifier comes around on September 1 against Honduras.
“So far things are good. I’ve been training with the club and we have a game next week which I hope to get some playing time,” Boatswain said.
“Our season starts on July 30 so right now we are basically getting ourselves ready for that first game. By the time the qualifiers start again with the national team I would be into season with the club which is good.
“The coaches at the club are doing their part and the players are hard at work. I’m learning new things about the club, the methods of training and basically the lifestyle here so yes I am busy with a lot of stuff. But I am focusing on my game and ensuring that I am up to a good level.”
Charlotte women’s team rejoice on Trinidad trip
United States college player Callie McKinney has described a recent trip to T&T with the Charlotte Lady Eagles team as one of the best experiences of her life so far.
Mckinney arrived here in late May with Eagles, a team made of up girls from various universities that come together to grow in their faith with Christ while playing football in a competitive environment to get better at their game.
The Lady Eagles mission is to glorify God and see lives transformed by communicating the message of Jesus Christ through the global environment of soccer. The vision of the Lady Eagles is generating teams that cultivate influential coaches and players who inspire people to flourish in and for Christ wherever they are planted.
“We went on this trip to spread the word of God by using soccer as our platform to reach the youth of Trinidad and anyone else who was around to witness. While doing so we also played games against local teams and then against the Under-20 Trinidad national team and the full senior Trinidad national team,” McKinney wrote.
The Eagles linked up with the Step by Step women’s team and also played two training games against the T&T senior and U-20 women’s team in which they were victorious. They also took part in four coaching clinics.
“Concluding the trip, I can’t wait to see the way God has used each and every one of my teammates and myself to reach various groups of kids we were in contact with. It’s going to be amazing to see the fruits of our impact on the kids. The trip to Trinidad changed my perspective, furthered my growth as a player and with my walk with Christ.”
Shaun Fuentes is the communications manager of TTFA - [email protected]
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