Mekeil Williams (pictured) is hoping to make his World Cup Qualifying debut, when Trinidad & Tobago visits Guatemala on November 13, 2015. (Photo: Mexsport)
SUNRISE, Florida – The career path of Trinidad & Tobago international Mekeil Williams is certainly an interesting one.
It tells the story of a competitor, who is willing to do whatever it takes to attain his goals.
On Friday, Williams and the Soca Warriors will visit Guatemala – the country where the 25-year-old currently plays his club football with Antigua GFC -- in the first fourth-round World Cup qualifier for each.
“I can tell you that everyone back in Guatemala and at the club is talking about the game,” Williams said. “We have to be mentally strong and well prepared for it.”
Everything about Williams seems well prepared. The former W Connection standout joined Polish second-division side Pogon Szczecin in February 2012, before moving over to Denmark’s FC Fyn. At the completion of that stint, he returned to W Connection in 2013.
In his second spell with the Trinidadian power, Williams captained the side to a place in the 2015 Caribbean Club Championship final, where it fell to local-rival Central FC, 2-1.
He earned a call-up to Trinidad for July’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, appearing in three of four games as its run to the Group C crown was highlighted by a 4-4 draw with Mexico. The Soca Warriors fell to Panama on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals, but Williams was already on Antigua’s radar and he officially put pen to paper at the end of that month.
With the defender appearing in 14 of 18 Guatemalan Apertura games, Antigua has compiled a 9W-3D-6 L record. If he gets on the Estadio Mateo Flores field Friday, Williams could be squaring off against some teammates: Victor Ayala, Jose Pinto and Fredy Thompson.
“There are three players in my club who are on the Guatemala team and they have been telling me a lot of about the game,” commented, who has never appeared in a World Cup qualifier. “The coaches are all taking about it. They have the home advantage so it’s obviously not going to be easy for us.”
In their last meeting, T&T posted a 3-1 win over Guatemala in the Gold Cup on July 9. Williams did not play in that game, but he knows that the host Central Americans will pose a serious challenge.
“I know they will try their best to make it as hard as possible for us,” Williams finished. “But I have a lot of confidence in our squad and I think once we settle down and we remain focused, then we can leave there with a result in our favor.”
Perhaps, a good night’s sleep at home before the match will help him achieve that objective as well. Williams, after all, won’t have that far to travel.