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Colombian pro team signs Kimika; T&T women’s senior and U-20 teams hold trials

National Senior Team goalkeeper Kimika Forbes is set to become the first Trinidad and Tobago women’s international to play professionally in Colombia, after the 26-year-old Plymouth-bred footballer agreed terms with Independiente Santa Fe.

Santa Fe is preparing for the inaugural Professional Women’s League in Colombia, which will run from February to June 2017.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Kimika Forbes (right) holds on to the ball while United States attack Abby Wambach looks on during the 2014 CONCACAF Championship. (Copyright AFP 2014)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Kimika Forbes (right) holds on to the ball while United States attack Abby Wambach looks on during the 2014 CONCACAF Championship.
(Copyright AFP 2014)

The Bogotá-based club is one of Colombia’s most successful teams in the men’s game with 15 titles and nine national championships, including the 2016 trophy.

Forbes, who was named on CONCACAF’s Goalkeeper of the Year shortlist for 2015 and 2016, signed a one-year deal with Santa Fe and should be an integral part in their title chase.

It is the second South American contract for the Women Soca Warriors star who helped Paraguayan Sportivo Limpeño to the Copa Libertadores women’s crown last December.

Sportivo Limpeño’s edged Venezuelan outfit Estudiantes de Guarico 3-2 in the Copa Libertadores final to make Forbes the first Caribbean footballer to win South America’s most prestigious club crown—and CONMEBOL’s answer to UEFA’s Champions League.

“It feels great to secure a second contract in South America particularly with this being a new league in Colombia,” Forbes told the TTFA Media. “I have a lot to offer the team and hopefully I can help them with my winning mentality and commitment to the game. I am really anxious for the new season ahead.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Kimika Forbes (third from left) celebrates with teammates of Paraguayan club, Sportivo Limpeño, after their triumph over Brazil’s Adi Foz Catarata in the Copa Libertadores women’s semifinal at the Suppici stadium in Colonia, Uruguay on 17 December 2016. (Copyright AFP 2017/Pablo Porciuncula)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Kimika Forbes (third from left) celebrates with teammates of Paraguayan club, Sportivo Limpeño, after their triumph over Brazil’s Adi Foz Catarata in the Copa Libertadores women’s semifinal at the Suppici stadium in Colonia, Uruguay on 17 December 2016.
(Copyright AFP 2017/Pablo Porciuncula)

“The experience I gained at Limpeño has helped me a great deal and I’m just thankful for everything right now. And hopefully I can continue to perform at a high level and take that form to the national team when the time comes.”

The Women Soca Warriors get down to business under new Italian coach Carolina Morace with their first formal training session tomorrow at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

Players who wish to represent the Women’s National Senior and Under-20 Teams can register for trials, which will be held from 9 to 11am on Sunday 5 February at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

Players eligible for Under-20 selection must be born after 1 January 1998.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago international players Khadidra Debesette (left) and Maylee Attin-Johnson (right) try to close down Guatemala midfielder Marilyn Rivera during 2016 Olympic qualifying action. (Courtesy CONCACAF)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago international players Khadidra Debesette (left) and Maylee Attin-Johnson (right) try to close down Guatemala midfielder Marilyn Rivera during 2016 Olympic qualifying action.
(Courtesy CONCACAF)

Editor’s Note: Click HERE to register for the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team and Under-20 Team trials.

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12 comments

  1. I don’t think Kimika is the first T&T international to play professionally in Colombia. Didn’t Clyde Leon have a brief stint with Corporación Deportiva Itagui?

  2. I wish you all the best Kimika.

  3. That’s really big. Can only hope she paves the way for more local players to work in South America.

  4. Wish you well Kimika, stay focused and committed and you will be OK.
    Good luck.

  5. Congratulations Kimika. Well done

  6. Well done Kimika and keep our flag flying very high eh……..BOOM.