TCIFA Academy players Makenson Cadet and James lee Louis will be going to the CDL College Showcase Tournament in Tampa, Florida, between February 12 – 14, 2016. It is expected that in excess of 100 College Coaches will be present to observe and analyse the players with a view to offering them scholarships to prospective colleges in the United States. It is understood that Mackenson (a midfielder) will be assigned to FKK’s Under 16 team and James lee (an attacking left side defender) will play with the Under 17 team during the tournament.
In 2015 the TCIFA invited Hue Menzies to visit as part of our Guest Coaches Program. Mr. Menzies is the Executive Director and Head of Coaching at Florida Kraze Krush, a very large soccer club in Orlando Florida. Mr. Menzies is also the Technical Director of the Jamaica Women’s Football Program. During his time here Mackenson and James lee were among players identified to be guest players for various age group teams at Florida Kraze Krush during significant tournaments in 2016. The CDL College Showcase Tournament is the first of such.
“This is a massive opportunity for the players to express themselves on the field knowing that the possibility of a college scholarship could be the result if they conduct themselves in an exemplary fashion both on and off the field. The TCIFA recognises and is committed to creating additional pathways for the further development of our elite players and this is just one example. There is a lot of talent in our program and we as an association will always endeavour to expose this talent for the benefit of the players, the TCIFA and the country”; words from our President, Sonia Bien-Aime
Both players are enthused and eager to impress during this tournament. They leave on February 10, 2016 and returns on February 15, 2016.