November 28, 2021


Only The Finest Women

Women Warriors head to Dominican Republic for international friendlies

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The Trinidad and Tobago gals football staff forward of their welcoming football global versus Panama at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on Oct 25. Photograph COURTESY TT Football Affiliation. –

About THE up coming two months, the Trinidad and Tobago women’s football staff will see an inflow of new faces and international-primarily based talent as interim coach Kenwyne Jones seeks to bolster his squad’s strengths ahead of the Concacaf Women’s Globe Cup qualifiers in February 2022.

Jones designed this disclosure for the duration of Sunday’s digital media conference wherever he introduced a 22-member squad for two forthcoming intercontinental friendlies versus Dominican Republic on November 26 and 30.

For the Dominican Republic journey, 8 alterations were being produced to the staff that played to two drawn effects in opposition to Panama, in Oct, at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.

Exiting the squad were being Anya Decourcy, Malaika Dedier, Maya Matouk, Aaliyah Prince, Laurelle Theodore, Janelle McGee, Jonelle Cato and Meyah Rome.

In their sites are forwards Tsianne Leander and Kedia Johnson, midfielder Asha James, defenders Jaasiel Forde, Chelsi Jadoo, Kaydeen Jack and Chrissy Mitchell.

The gamers retained from the Oct 21 and 25 matches in opposition to Panama are captain Karyn Forbes and her sister Kimika, Maylee Attin-Johnson, Kennya “YaYa” Cordner, Tenesha Palmer, Collette Morgan, Rhea Belgrave, Naomie Guerra, Liana Hinds, Lauryn Hutchinson, Dennecia Prince, Victoria Swift, Raenah Campbell and Chelcy Ralph.

The squad leaves for the Dominican Republic on Monday, with each video games to be performed at the Estadio Panamericano in San Cristobal from 6pm (TT time) on both of those times.

Jones thinks integrating new, and far more competitively active players would increase the team’s all round strengths heading into the Concacaf qualifiers.

“We went a tiny different (in) this training camp,” stated Jones. “There are some faces I actively (sought) out to include to the squad primarily based on their college seasons. There are however very a couple of players that we want to be capable to have in the camp right before the qualifiers.

“What we did, this time, is try out to get a far better well balanced squad than we experienced past time (from Panama), to be ready to go out and tactically perform.

“There are a great deal of names out there and a great deal that the public will not know that we have been scouting and actively partaking with to be a section of the squad. I really do see some exciting gamers coming into the squad in the foreseeable future,” Jones additional.

He additional that his technical staff utilised the TT Football Association’s database to monitor down some of the lesser-regarded overseas-primarily based gamers.

The former TT men’s team captain pointed out, “The big difference among some players we experienced at the last camp and individuals coming in is that (the new crop) have been in their higher education seasons. They have been participating in competitive matches.

“I know (the TTFA) were immediately after (Jadoo) for a extended time and she’s a expert in Portugal. Johnson, Jack and Mitchell also obtained plaudits from their schools and it helped us to not only have a much better squad, but a extra well balanced a person.”

The ex-English Premier League striker continued, “There are some names that you might probably see in the foreseeable future that is unidentified to the TT general public. But we have been accomplishing out research and actively scouting persons. The public ought to be actually energized by the number of names that we would be introducing into the squad in the in close proximity to upcoming.”

Jones said Dominican Republic was preferred as their opponent of option considering that he would like the staff to acclimatise actively playing against Latin American opposition in planning for very similar exams at the Concacaf qualifiers.

TT are in group F along with Nicaragua, Dominica and Turks/Caicos Islands. The match serves as Concacaf’s qualifiers to the 2023 FIFA Women’s Globe Cup in Australia and New Zealand, as nicely as for the 2024 Summer months Olympics in France.

The top two teams of each group will qualify for the World Cup, when the 3rd-positioned groups from each individual team will progress to the inter-confederation participate in-offs.

In addition, the winners will qualify for the Olympics, though the second and 3rd-placed groups will advance to the Concacaf Olympic play-off.

Concerning the Dominican Republic crew, Jones stated, “For a team (TT) that haven’t played competitive matches for these kinds of a long time, we are little by little elevating the amount the squad is participating in at. We’re trying to mimic the opposition we’re likely to deal with.

“At this phase, as we are building and putting philosophies in, the examination of Dominican Republic is a fantastic a person for us. It will make it possible for us to put into practice some strategic, tactical changes of what we would like our DNA to be.

“I see it as a seriously fantastic examination. We had been supplied the chance to enjoy Mexico and Costa Rica. But as a coaching workers, we assumed it was way as well quickly for us to be playing them.”

Owing to the nation’s incapability to resume domestic levels of competition mainly because of the pandemic, Jones mentioned the lengthy downtime for domestically-based mostly players is producing a expertise gap among them and these competing for their schools abroad.

These international gamers will be fused into the squad, about the next two months, to assess and evaluate their success with the nearby bunch.

“So far, we’ve had about 70 players and we’ve been likely by the checklist. We have a powerful experience about 35 of them and ideal now, we’re just going to combine and match to see which players give us the greater stability.

“I feel also are elements of the variety of gamers that we in no way experienced in our women’s workforce right before. Most of these gamers now are performing perfectly for their schools.

“Some of them really don’t heed the phone to come and participate in for the countrywide staff. And that is definitely centered on earlier experiences they might have experienced in different established-ups,” Jones claimed.

TT Team –

Players: Tenisha Palmer, Naomie Guerra, Dennecia Prince, Kimika Forbes, Kennya Cornder, Collette Morgan, Karyn Forbes, Tsianne Leander, Rhea Belgrave, Jaasiel Forde, Maylee Attin-Johnson, Chelcy Ralph, Akyla Walcott, Raenah Campbell, Liana Hinds, Kedie Johnson, Asha James, Kaydeen Jack, Chelsi Jadoo, Victoria Swift, Lauryn Hutchinson, Chrissy Mitchell.

Team: Kenwyne Jones (interim mentor), Charlie Mitchell (assistant coach), James Baird (goalkeeping mentor), Atiba Downes (strength and conditioning coach), Dr. Anyl Gopeesingh (staff medical professional), Aqiyla Gomez (workforce physiotherapist), Terry Johnson-Jeremiah (gear supervisor), Alexandria Olton (sport psychologist), Kylla Charles (healthcare masseuse), Joanne Daniel (supervisor).

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