Trinidad and Tobago appears set to host its first international football match since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, as the local football body announced today that the Women’s National Senior Team will play two friendly games against Panama at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on 21 and 25 October respectively.
A release from the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) indicated that the matches are approved by the Ministry of Health. Patrons are not allowed to attend.
According to the release, the TTFA timed the announcement of the matches to coincide with the International Day of the Girl Child, which falls on 11 October.
At present, the Women Soca Warriors are being led by Welsh performance analyst Charlie Mitchell after the resignation of head coach James Thomas. Thomas quit the post last week to take up the position of youth development manager at England second division team, Bristol City Women.
“Both nations will be using the exercise as preparations for the start of the Concacaf WC Qualifiers, which have been shifted from November to the Fifa Women’s Window of February 2022,” stated the TTFA release. “No spectators will be allowed at the upcoming matches which will take place in a bio-secure bubble with both teams being housed at the Home of Football hotel, using the Stadium and Training pitch for all activities.
“In the build-up to the encounters, the T&T Women’s Team will enter a residential camp on 15 October.”
The TTFA stated that further information on the future Women Warriors head coach and the upcoming friendlies ‘will be forthcoming’.
The full 20-member training squad comprises Kimika Forbes, Tenesha Palmer, Malaika Dedier, Collette Morgan, Rhea Belgrave, Naomi Guerra, Jasandra Joseph, Karyn Forbes, Maylee Attin-Johnson, Lauryn Hutchinson, Maya Matouk, Aaliyah Prince, Laurelle Theodore, Aaliyah Pascall, Afiyah Cornwall, Summer Arjoon, Sharain Cummings, Tisanne Leander, Anya De Courcy and Brittany Mahabir.