The Trinidad and Tobago Girls’ National Under-14 Team will make their bow at the Ato Boldon Stadium tomorrow evening as the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Under-14 Girls Challenge Series gets underway in Trinidad.
Trinidad and Tobago tackle Grenada from 7pm in the second game of a Couva double header while Cuba take on Suriname from 5pm. Admission is TT$25.
The tournament involves 22 Caribbean teams split into five groups hosted by Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, St Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago.
“This competition follows last year’s Women’s Challenge Series and drills down on the CFU’s commitment to grassroots football generally and the advancement of the women’s game specifically,” said CFU President Randolph Harris. “[…] This competition is also important for us from a developmental perspective, as it gives us the opportunity to appoint budding referees from the respective territories to officiate in the matches. This will shore up their skills and give them some of the much-needed practical experience required to advance to the next tier.”
Head coach Marlon Charles named an 18-member squad to represent the twin island republic and he told the TTFA Media that his players are excited about the tournament and keen to show what they can do.
“From day one, we decided that the players must put their foot on the ball and play the possession game,” said Charles. “This is a very important phase. There are so many things to take into consideration with these young ladies when it comes to their mindset.
“It’s very important for their development and it’s a good thing that the TTFA has going on with the CFU and it can help with the development of women’s football.”
(Trinidad and Tobago Team)
Goalkeepers: Sadiel Antoine, Mikaela Yearwood (Empire FC);
Defenders: Faith Alexander, J’eleisha Alexander, Jeniceia Benjamin, Angel Berot (Maracas United), Carissa Cowan (Black Panthers of Tobago), Akia Morris, Gamie Waldron (Jewel Sports Club);
Midfielders: Rasheeda Archer (MSA, St George’s), Arie Bhagan (W Connection), Orielle Martin (SKHY FC), Talia Martin (Speyside Junior Academy), Mikayla St Clair (Cutler Ridge Soccer Club—USA), Twinkle Thomas (Jewel Sports Club), Jewel Benjamin Edmond (Talent and Energy);
Forwards: Nikita Jackson (Fever United—USA), Breana Smith (Laventille FC).