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Corneal travels with Women Warriors as TD, T&T to arrive on Sunday morning

Anton Corneal agreed to work with the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team after all, as the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) technical director was part of the contingent that left for the United States tonight.

The Women Soca Warriors arrive in North Carolina on Sunday morning with just three full days together before they open their 2018 Concacaf Championship campaign against Panama on 4 October.

Photo: TTFA technical director Anton Corneal.

Corneal has not been paid in five months while he accused TTFA president David John-Williams of multiple violations of his contract, which the football boss allegedly refused to sign. The technical director worked as stand-in head coach for the Women Warriors, during last month’s Caribbean Championship, with Shawn Cooper as his assistant.

However, the TTFA opted against keeping him in that role, as Corneal threatened legal action over owed monies. And the technical director initially promised not to travel with the Woman Warriors until he received at least part payment.

However, Corneal had a change of heart and boarded the flight to the United States tonight as part of a staff that is now headed by Cooper. The team did not travel with a team doctor and, according to the TTFA Media, intend to source one in the United States.

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Trinidad and Tobago are drawn with Panama, Mexico and hosts USA in Group A of the Concacaf competition, which serves as the qualifying series for the France 2019 Women’s World Cup.

Canada, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Cuba make up Group B.

The top two teams from each group advance to the semifinal round where the top three nations advance automatically to the FIFA tournament while the fourth placed team head into a play off with South America’s third place finisher.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago goal scorer Mariah Shade (centre) celebrates with teammates Kennya Cordner (right) and Brianna Ryce during their 2-2 draw with Argentina at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

(Trinidad and Tobago squad)

Goalkeepers: Saundra Baron, Kimika Forbes;

Defenders: Arin King, Rhea Belgrave, Ayana Russell, Jenelle Cunningham, Jonelle Cato, Shadi Stoute, Lauryn Hutchinson, Patrice Superville;

Midfielders: Janine Francois, Karyn Forbes, Naomie Guerra, Liana Hinds, Tasha St Louis, Shenelle Henry;

Forwards: Kennya Cordner, Kayla Taylor, Mariah Shade, Natasha St Louis.

Staff: Shawn Cooper (head coach), Dernelle Mascall (assistant coach), Anton Corneal (technical director), Jason Sheppard (goalkeeper coach), Jinelle James (manager), Jo-Ellen Redhead (trainer), Roger Ryan (physiotherapist), Steve Frederick (equipment manager), Jelani Robertson (sport psychologist).

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