The quest to get Canada to its third consecutive FIFA U-17 World Cup will be a long one, as a marathon of at least five games in a very tough group gets going on Saturday for Canada’s Men’s U-17 Team.
Head Coach Sean Fleming has guided Canada to the previous two World Cups and has his team coming into Honduras in good spirits.
After a sold couple days of training in Florida prior to making the trip to Central America, Fleming wants his team to come out and aim for a good team performance in their opening game against Haiti at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championships.
“I emphasize to the kids that it’s about the performance. You can’t control the performance but I can get the kids prepared for a good a performance as possible and hopefully the result follows,” said Fleming as the team toured the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, the site of all of Canada’s Group B.
“We’re in a good spirit, the boys did very well, and hopefully that can carry over to here.”
First up is a Haitian team that only arrived into Honduras on Friday afternoon but comes in boasting a Caribbean Championship under their belts and obviously riding a wave of confidence.
The secret to good performances regardless of the opponent in this tournament, in Fleming’s eyes, is a collective performance. Playing together as a true team will lead to success and any team that breaks down and chooses to play as individuals will struggle.
“With every game we have to be disciplined as a team,” said Fleming. “If we start playing as individuals it’s going to give opportunities to other teams. But we have the qualities to be a good, well-organized group. We’re committed to the cause and if we do that then we will give Haiti some problems.”
After Saturday, Canada’s remaining matches are against Costa Rica (3 March), Mexico (6 March), St. Lucia (9 March), and Panama (12 March).