Schoolboy footballers arrive

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Jamaica Gleaner

Fit, confident
Trinidadians open tour tomorrow night against KC team, play under-19 squad on Thursday

Trinidad All-CollegesTrinidad All-Colleges: Members of the Trinidad All-Colleges Football team and officials. The officials are extreme left, Eric James, president of the Trinidad Football Federation, Eric Cay of the Trinidad High Commission in Jamaica, Rev. Father Farfair, secretary of the Trinidad Colleges' league competitions, David Traboulay and Arthur Athwell Public Relations Officers of the tour. On the extreme right is Americo Brunner, and Rev. Basil Matthews, manager of the team.

FIT, smiling and confident the 17 members of the Trinidad schoolboy soccer team, arrived in the island yesterday afternoon. Tomorrow night they meet Kingston College and Thursday night the Jamaica Under-19 squad. A third match on Saturday in the country is possible.

The tour is being sponsored by the Jamaica Mutual Life Assurance Society and KC, the schoolboy champions of Jamaica, have been putting in hard work recently and are determined to repeat the high standard they reached against the Brazilians last year.

The Under-19 team coached by Jorge Penna is preparing for the Juvenile Championship to be held in Trinidad and it is for this match that the trophy being donated by Jamaica Mutual will be presented.

The Trinidad team which is coached, by Hungarian naturalized-Brazilian Americo Brunner are confident that they will perform well, but as they know little about the Jamaican teams they refused to make any prediction.

Brunner, asked about his formation, said he never releases these to the Press.

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About the stars on his team he said that all members of his team were food players, "if they were not they would not have been in Jamaica."

One of the top players Everald Cummings, regarded as the Pele of Trinidad's schoolboy football is said to be a great schemer. Other top men on the team Warren Archibald, Kennedy Josephs and Edward Fough, who along with Cummings, represented Trinidad against the touring Brazilian under-20 football team, are very good players and the coach expects them to be a great success on the Jamaican tour.

Asked about the standard of football in Trinidad, Brunner said that although the football was improving in Trinidad, much is left to be desired. He said the Caribbean countries on a whole are poor footballers, and apart from Mexico and Venezuela, much will have to be done to lift the standard.

This morning the team will visit His Excellency Sir Clifford Campbell, then pay a visit to Kingston College and launch at the Myrtle Bank Hotel. Tomorrow they visit the University of the West Indies and in the afternoon they play their first match against Kingston College.

Promoter of the tour is the Kingston College Old Boys' Association.

Those accompanying the team are Mr. Eric James, president of the Trinidad Football Federation; Rev. Don Basil Matthews, manager of the team; Mr. David Traboulay, personnel officer; Mr. Arthur Athwell, another personnel officer, and the Rev. Father Farfair, secretary of the Trinidad Colleges' Football League.