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CAC: Venezuela take bronze; T&T women fail to manage a single shot in play-off

The Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team had a chance to bring home bronze from the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games this afternoon. But they did not even come close, as they were thoroughly outplayed by Venezuela in this evening’s third place play off in Barranquilla, Colombia.

A fine item from Paula Villamizar settled the affair in the 58th minute for the South American outfit and if anything, the final 1-0 scoreline flattered the losing team. After 90 minutes plus stoppage time, the Women Soca Warriors did not manage a single shot—on or off target—or even a corner kick.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Mia Walcott (left) tries to keep an eye on Venezuela playmaker and captain Paola Villamizar during international friendly action at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on 26 March 2017.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

In contrast, Venezuela had nine attempts at goal in the first half alone.

Coach Jamaal Shabazz’s team now leave Colombia with one draw (Nicaragua) and three losses (Mexico, Costa Rica and Venezuela) from their CAC adventure. The returns follow a largely underwhelming run of results for Shabazz in his last coming as women’s coach, as he has now failed to get past the Caribbean stage at Under-17 level and lost every match contested at the Under-20 stage.

Before heading to Colombia, Shabazz vowed to push for a medal and the late withdrawal of Haiti meant that Trinidad and Tobago got to the playoff without managing a single win.

But what followed was, arguably, their worse showing of the tournament. Shabazz lost attacker Mariah Shade to injury at the interval; but that alone could hardly explain the team’s flat offensive performance with gifted captain Tasha St Louis sorely lacking support against unheralded but well organised opposition.

After totally bossing the contest, Venezuela put their neighbours out of their misery, early in the second half, as Villamizar worked a wall pass with teammate Ysaura Viso and stepped inside opposing right back Naomi Guerra before hitting an angled shot past Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Saundra Baron.

Baron was a surprise selection ahead of Kimika Forbes.

The Women Warriors did not have a reply and, as a result, will return from Colombia empty-handed.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain and attacker Tasha St Louis (left) curls a free kick towards goal during international friendly action against Venezuela at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on 29 March 2017.
Venezuela won 3-1.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

(Team)

Trinidad and Tobago (4-1-4-1): 20.Saundra Baron (GK); 18.Naomi Guerra, 3.Jenelle Cunningham, 5.Arin King, 13.Natisha John (7.Jonelle Cato 70), 2.Ayana Russell, 8.Patrice Superville, 15.Kedie Johnson (14.Karyn Forbes 25), 11.Janine Francois, 9.Mariah Shade (16.Liana Hinds 46), 10.Tasha St Louis (captain),

Unused substitutes: 1.Kimika Forbes (GK), 4.Rhea Belgrave, 6.Natasha St Louis, 9.Aaliyah Prince, 12.Summer Arjoon, 17.Afiyah Cornwall.

Coach: Jamaal Shabazz

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team coach Jamaal Shabazz (centre) considers his option during international friendly action against Panama at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 22 March 2018.
(Copyright Allan V Crane/CA-Images/Wired868)

CAC Games Third place play off

(30 July)

Venezuela 1 (Paula Villamizar 58), Trinidad and Tobago 0.

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15 comments

  1. Just don’t have what it takes .

  2. somebody owe him or fraid him?

  3. Get rid of Shabazz, he blighting the side

  4. Why do we still have the same coach after os many years of losses?

  5. If Venezuela beating we then we sure money cannot be the reason for the hindrance of our progress cause nobody more broken than Venezuela right now.

  6. Hannibal Najjar

    There is much to be sad about regarding our football whether, male or female. When most nations, with our per capita wealth and football history are seeing incremental and even better, exponential growth and, also, a sustainable hope and future, we have been descending at rates faster than a, shot-down fighter jet. You, Lasana, point to our near zero accomplishments with the women’s program in this Colombia effort, well, did we not see a, zero version with the men’s! What about the rest of our football, and what is supposed to be the premier or, Pro-League!

  7. Hannibal Najjar

    There is much to sad about regarding our football whether, male or female. When most nations, with our per capita wealth and football history are seeing incremental and even better, exponential growth and, also, a sustainable hope and future, we have been descending at rates faster than a, shot-down fighter jet. You, Lasana, point to our near zero accomplishments with the women’s program in this Colombia effort, well, did we not see a, zero version with the men’s! What about the rest of our football, and what is supposed to be the premier or, Pro-League!

  8. So nobody don’t see all d women’s teams have fitness problems?

    • colin …of all the comments you made the most sense …. these idiots don’t realize all the women teams have always had fitness problems and no one is addressing this …. we just settle by entering a women’s and not take it seriously

  9. Once DJW in charge of our football this would be the result always.