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Meet the WPL players: Sport Ministry reveals squad rosters

The Sport Ministry has revealed the rosters for five of the six participating Women’s Premier League (WPL) clubs as the inaugural women’s tournament prepares for kick off on Thursday June 18 at the Police Barracks in St James.

Photo: United States forward Abby Wambach (right) appeals unsuccessfully for a free kick after a challenge from Trinidad and Tobago defender Arin King. (Courtesy CONCACAF)
Photo: United States forward Abby Wambach (right) appeals unsuccessfully for a free kick after a challenge from Trinidad and Tobago defender Arin King.
(Courtesy CONCACAF)

The Dragons, led by first draft pick and Trinidad and Tobago’s 2014 Player of the Year Arin King, will open the competition from 5 pm against Tasha St Louis’ Fuego. And, at 7 pm, Kennya “YaYa” Cordner’s Wave FC will face Maylee Attin-Johnson’s Angels at the same venue.

The team lists provided to the media suggest that most squads will have been 14 to 16 players. It is uncertain whether teams will bulk up over the season.

Thirty-three of the 76 WPL players who will earn salaries in the State-funded competition are foreigners, which is roughly 43 percent of the talent on show exclusive of the Oilers players. In contrast, just three of the 12 coaches are non-nationals.

Most of the foreign talent has come from South America and the Dragons, for instance, have six South American players in their ranks including four Brazilians.

Photo: WPL goalkeeper Emily Cota from the US Virgin Islands pulls off a save in a scrimmage against the Women Soca Warriors. (Copyright Allan V Crane/SPORTT)
Photo: WPL goalkeeper Emily Cota from the US Virgin Islands pulls off a save in a scrimmage against the Women Soca Warriors.
(Copyright Allan V Crane/SPORTT)

Fans will have to wait a full week before round one comes to an end as Rush, spearheaded by gifted Trinidad and Tobago winger Ahkeela Mollon, are scheduled to tackle Oilers on June 24.

WPL director Kairon Serrette explained the gap between the fixtures was necessary as the National Under-20 Team will be away on competitive duty between June 17 and 22.

The Oilers outfit comprises of national youth players as well as players attending university or hoping to do so. Their roster has not been revealed as yet.

The WPL is yet to reveal its season’s fixtures. All matches are free to patrons.

Today, the Ministry of Sport listed its sponsors for the women’s competition as Shanghai Construction Group, Caribbean Airlines, The Chancellor Hotel, Bankers Insurance Ltd, Blue Waters, Digicel and Petrotrin. But no dollar value was attached to their deals and it is uncertain how many of those companies—if any—have absorbed the costs associated with any of the franchises.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Women's Team star Kennya Cordner (left) keeps the ball from a Women's Premier League (WPL) defender during a scrimmage match. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Women’s Team star Kennya Cordner (left) keeps the ball from a Women’s Premier League (WPL) defender during a scrimmage match.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Petrotrin is said to have adopted Oilers. But then that is the only team which will not have a wage bill for its players, so as not to flout NCAA rules.

The WPL has also not revealed the salary range for players and coaches, whether franchises will have home grounds or the preferred locations for its matches.

Serrette promised to respond to Wired868’s enquiries as soon as possible.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago striker Mariah Shade (right) challenges Jamaican player Jodi-Ann McGregor during a scrimmage. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago striker Mariah Shade (right) challenges Jamaican player Jodi-Ann McGregor during a scrimmage.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

WPL fixtures

(June 18)

Dragons vs Fuego, 5 pm, St James Barracks;

Wave FC vs Angels, 7 pm, St James Barracks;

(June 24)

Oilers vs Rush, 5 pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago women's players (from left) Rhea Belgrave, Maylee Attin-Johnson, Kimika Forbes, Arin King and Karyn Forbes pose during the team's pre-2014 Caribbean Cup camp in Houston. (Courtesy TTFA Media)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago women’s players (from left) Rhea Belgrave, Maylee Attin-Johnson, Kimika Forbes, Arin King and Karyn Forbes pose during the team’s pre-2014 Caribbean Cup camp in Houston.
(Courtesy TTFA Media)

(WPL Teams)

Dragons: Arin King, Lauryn Hutchinson, Kadeema Jordan, Shanicar Diamond, Dernelle Mascall, Ashley Mark, Stavey Paul, Alania Burgin (all Trinidad and Tobago), Thais Amorina, Rafaela Silva, Marissol Moreira, Quezia Brunatti Proenca (all Brazil), Maleike Pacheco (Venezuela), Annabella Arevaloz (Paraguay), Jessica Adams (US Virgin Islands), Isabella Hayes (UK).

Head coach: Karla Aleman (Costa Rica); Assistant coach: Joanne Daniel (UK).

 

Fuego: Tasha St Louis, Patrice Superville, Diamond Henderson, Anastacia Prescott, Jamila Mathlin, Denisha Thomas, Bernelle Shears, Nickisha James, Jo Marie Lewis, Shanelle Warrick (all Trinidad and Tobago), Christina Murray, Tanesia Vassell (both Jamaica), Saucedo, Leticia Bussato, Camila Demezio (all Brazil), Ermelindo Izquierda (Paraguay), Zaudita Kaza-Amalak (US Virgin Islands).
Head coach: Richard Hood (T&T); Assistant coach: Joel Warrick (T&T).

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago players Lauryn Hutchinson (right), Rhea Belgrave (centre) and Kennya Cordner celebrate against Costa Rica during the CONCACAF Championships. (Courtesy CONCACAF)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago players Lauryn Hutchinson (right), Rhea Belgrave (centre) and Kennya Cordner celebrate against Costa Rica during the CONCACAF Championships.
(Courtesy CONCACAF)

Angels: Maylee Attin-Johnson, Ayanna Russell, Anique Walker, Tkeyah Phillip, Temar Watson (all Trinidad and Tobago), Tynetta McKoy (St Kitts and Nevis), Beth Seasman, Jodie Redgrave (both United Kingdom), Bruno Da Silva, Hilda Izquierda (both Brazil), Rafaela De Vargas (Colombia), Jaclyn Poucel (USA), Alyssa Budhoo (Canada), Kandace Franklin (St Vincent and the Grenadines), Peta-Gaye Soman, Jodi-Ann McGregor (both Jamaica).
Head coach: Anthony Creece (T&T), Assistant coach: Janelle Noel (T&T).

 

Rush: Ahkeela Mollon, Rhea Belgrave, Janine Francois, Mariah Shade, Annalis Cummings, Sharice Arthur, Afeisha Mohammed, Tamika Isaac, Janelle McGee, Adeka Spence (all Trinidad and Tobago), Bruna Marchiowatti, Priscilla Selau, Joyce Mattos (all Brazil), Emily Marie Cota (US Virgin Islands),
Head coach: Marlon Charles (T&T), Assistant coach: Ademir Braz De Oliveira (Brazil).

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Women's Team star Ahkeela Mollon (right) tries to get past Ecuador player Ingrid Rodriguez during the 2014 FIFA Women's World Cup Play Off first leg. (Copyright Rodrigo Buendia/AFP 2015)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Women’s Team star Ahkeela Mollon (right) tries to get past Ecuador player Ingrid Rodriguez during the 2014 FIFA Women’s World Cup Play Off first leg.
(Copyright Rodrigo Buendia/AFP 2015)

Wave FC: Kennya Cordner, Kimika Forbes, Verlea Duprey, Jenelle Cunningham, Samantha Kissoon, Tisha Lee Spicer, Patrice Vincent, Charissa Delzin, Teneisha Cobham (all Trinidad and Tobago), Shakira Duncan (Jamaica), Shanice Stephenson (Barbados), Josean Azevedo, Camilla Germano (both Brazil), Emarie Holland (USA), Laura Becerra (Colombia),
Head coach: Derek Arneaud (T&T), Assistant coach: Allistair Ramdoo (T&T).

About Lasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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  1. This is my point if you go to games it shows support for these people and that they should continue to do what they want

  2. Gordon Pierre so where will the spectators be sitting eh, and the players and spectators all have to use portable toilets ent Them really good yes.

  3. You are correct about the field being smaller. The largest hockey pitch is at the small end of regulation allowed size of a football field. Couldn’t resist throwing some talk for my other sport.

  4. no Kendall Tull not knocking hockey! Saying they playing on hockey field in the police barracks, the good parts of the field will be smaller that a regulation football field not knocking hockey!! why ppl sensitive so!! lol

  5. Will pass in at the later game on my way to training.

  6. The turf does have much better facilities than the Barracks. And don’t knock hockey Gordon or I will have to knock you over the head with my stick. Lol

  7. Kurtwyn Baird and others at the end of the we as persons who have dedicated our life to sport and youth development must be at for front of defending youths

  8. Yes because of some foreign players

  9. Natasha Nunez i will be there but its not the best footballers in the country bc women players who was part of the CFU campaign are not part of this league and the forgeiners i saw were not better than them!! PS hope people do not take the league critism personal

  10. So is minor as opposed to Minor then?

  11. Hopefully, there was some rain Gordon Pierre

  12. so…everyone here at the barracks this evening then? cuz it free and these are the best footballers in the country. I’m sure they’d love to see a decent crowd.

  13. Brian Icecarnival Jordan the turf is horrible!! its the hockey field and i wonder about dressing rooms with water for our professional ladies!!

  14. well updated they playing on the front field the now being marked an hour ago, tents now being built well the balls will be in the road very often

  15. Baracks field was not in the best of shape a few weeks ago. Wonder if they worked on turf??

  16. I know you understand that I am not anti to any professionally run organization with multiple reputable persons that has a history of sucessive track ventures

  17. All i hope is that the info thats not public yet will come to light, sooner rather than later eh Gordon Pierre. Lasana have they responded to your questions as a Sports Journalist since the announcement of the teams etc. I see there’s a double header tonight? I can understand their reluctance to respond on Wired.

  18. Lol. Well, since it is taxpayers money I guess it technically isn’t free. But you don’t have to pay at the gate.

  19. Lol the games free and man still complaining …. I see everything now…

  20. Kurtwyn Baird, bacchanal sells articles. Not reasoned talk.
    I am always honest. I don’t speak to the gallery or try to be popular.
    I have stated my issues with the league many times. But that doesn’t mean the competition itself is a bad idea.
    And I do know that the players are excited and I will cover the tournament.
    My job is to give information and ask pertinent questions and I try to do that as best as possible.
    My personal opinion is this league (sorry, tournament) wasn’t done in the right way. But the idea is good.

  21. Ok start free now then expect people to revert to paying later?

  22. All I have to say is, Politics and Sports is like oil and water. It’s not going to work. The Ministry of Sport should not be organizing, planning and managing any league. If Sancho wants to suggest that TTFA be revamped then do that and let interested parties meet and reorganize the T&T football model.

  23. No. I don’t think it is that unusual for many nations. Ecuador women’s league is State-funded and it started last year.
    My concern is more about finding the best way to do it. For instance, the State could have funded the WOLF competition if it wanted to and nobody would have had a problem.
    At the same time, I know WOLF has had issues and there is someone from WOLF on the WPL board. There are pros and cons to this.
    It is clear that the league is rushed though and there is a lot of information that should be public but isn’t. Yet.

  24. Lasana how can the govt of a country get involved in the running of football isn’t that against Fifa reulations

  25. What’s the cost to attend these games Lasana?

  26. Ah think this is a Lie Sport initiative

  27. Okay! So the Ministry of Sport in Trinidad and Tobago can organize and plan projects for respective sports in the country… cycling, swimming, track & field, boxing, archery, shooting, cricket etc or is it just for football? Shouldn’t the governing organizations of the respective sport assume that responsibility? Or it is that Sancho, like some football fans, does not have confidence in the TTFA?

  28. Yes Kenneth Ransome. It is a Ministry of Sport project.

  29. Is this Women’s Premier League to be overseen by the Ministry of Sport instead of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association?

  30. Who good brasilian leaving brasil 2 come and play on old hard grounds for 6 weeks with a team that put together in 1 week

  31. Kendall Tull do not answer Lasana Liburd because this league have to be a joke!! All them brazilians and brazil in the world cup and concacaf is the leaders of women football next time minister bow tie ask anyone for accountability i will buss his files!! Trust me i really get fed up here!! let the world know!!

  32. Everything Lasana. There is no transparency about how players and coaches were selected. No accountability about the salaries. The very nature of the League /Tournament is a joke of fools attempting to circumvent the rules.

    There is no plan into which the whole thing fits. It’s being run by the government instead of the TTFA. There is no business plan for sustainability and the whole thing was rushed with no consultation or stakeholder engagement.

    Don’t get me started.

  33. Kirwin Weston i done there was willing to give the league a chance still u know but these roosters show we are not serious at all but when the women players take chain up an throw away their world cup chance with distractions i should not be surprise!! smh

  34. We saturated with the nonsense now Gordon Pierre

  35. hahahaha this is a joke right? got to be!! lets hear the salaries for players and the coaches? to be real fed up comment about this s**t

  36. Most likely Oilers will have a lot of the youth team players

  37. Ahhh you know what more than likely she is… I forgot she’s still in school..thanks

  38. She might be with the developmental squad if she is still on scholarship

  39. The tournament is six weeks long. They haven’t revealed salaries yet. But this is taxpayers dollars so we will know sooner or later.

  40. I wanna go take in a few games….

  41. How long is this tournament? And are players getting paid?

  42. What’s missing in your estimate Kendall Tull?

  43. Yes pls we need to be up in this

  44. My tax dollars being wasted for no valid reason that I can see and with no accountability.