FIFA high performance manager Abdul Faisal Chibsah is positive about the prospects of football in Trinidad and Tobago following a visit to the Caribbean country.

Chibsah made a visit to the South American country as part of efforts by FIFA to increase global competitiveness in the game.

Trinidad and Tobago who are ranked 103rd in the world have failed to qualify for the world cup since their maiden appearance in the 2006 FIFA World Cup where they finished bottom of Group B alongside England, Sweden and Paraguay.

“I think there is a lot of talent on the pitch that can propel the national teams to the top. What’s missing is the structures and the basics to help these kids live their dreams and make it into the national team programs. We come in, as the talent development scheme, and we can plug in those gaps, and hopefully have those kids live their dreams, and see Trinidad and Tobago back into the national team rankings,” an elated Chibsah said.

The former Academy head of recruitment at MLS side Charlotte FC was speaking in a meeting with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) High-Performance program staff.

“The objective here is to have the member associations of FIFA work with their national teams and put together structures and policies to increase the youth development programs and hopefully compete in the World Cup with men and women,” He added.

The High-Performance Program is a FIFA mandate for member associations aimed at contributing in the high performance area and put together structures for development according to the Ghanaian.

“It aims to increase global competitiveness, and we want to make sure the national teams are much more prepared for the changes that are coming. This is part of what FIFA is contributing to member associations in the high-performance area so that the focus is on the elite performance, the national teams, starting from the junior teams through to the senior national teams,” said Chibsah.

“Our job is to work with the member associations to help to put together structures for development. We see it as a huge opportunity to give every kid, every boy and girl, a chance to live their dreams, and hopefully, maximize the potential in every country,”

The football administrator is in Trinidad and Tobago for a one-week visit.


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