It has been 28 years since Canada last appeared in the men’s Olympic soccer tournament.
The wait has been extended another four years after the national side fell to Mexico 3-1 in the Confederation of North, Central American & Caribbean Associations of Soccer (CONCACAF) semi-finals last week in Kansas City.
Mexico and Honduras, which beat El Salvador 3-2 in extra time in the other semi-final, will represent the region at the London Olympics this summer.
The Mexicans, who missed the 2008 Olympics, will be making their 10th appearance.
The women’s Under-17 side shut out Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 in two friendly games late last week in the twin-island republic.
Pickering High School track star, Nichelle Prince, scored three of Canada’s six goals in the warm-up matches for the CONCACAF Under-17 championship from May 2-13 in Guatemala.
Canada joins T & T, the United States, Mexico, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Panama and the host country in the eight-team tournament. The top three sides will qualify for the International Soccer Federation (FIFA) Under-17 tournament in Azerbaijan in September.
Gambia beat Tunisia 2-1 in Tunis last weekend in the second leg of their qualifying tie to advance to the women’s youth World Cup for the first time and join Nigeria and Ghana as Africa’s representatives.
And, Cayman Islands Soccer Association president, Jeffrey Webb, is set to become CONCACAF’s fourth president in the organization’s 51-year history. He was nominated by 29 of the 40 member associations to complete Trinidadian Austin “Jack” Warner’s term. Warner, FIFA’s longest serving executive committee member at the time, quit all of his soccer-related administrative positions last June amid bribery allegations.
The 47-year-old Webb is the deputy chairman of FIFA’s internal audit and transparency and compliance committees and chair of the Caribbean Soccer Union’s normalization committee.
“I look forward to working with all of the members to strengthen our foundation and build on our unity which has always been our strength,” said Webb, who has been the president of his islands’ association for the past 21 years.
By RON FANFAIR