T&T’s women footballers face an uphill task to come away with maximum points when they take on Mexico in game two of the CONCACAF Women’s Championships on Sunday from 5.30 pm.
This will be at the Sahlen’s Stadium in Cary, North Carolina in the United States.
The match, a qualifier for next year’s FIFA World Cup in France, will be crucial for both teams having lost their respective opening matches on Thursday.
The under-prepared Soca Princesses were thrashed 3-0 by Panama in Thursday’s opening encounter while the Mexicans were hammered 6-0 by the United States in the second match of the double-header.
Yet assistant coach Anton Corneal believes today’s match will be a challenging task for his girls but certainly not an impossible one.
“It comes down to how badly the girls want the win,” said Corneal, who coached the team during the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Qualifiers in Jamaican in August.
He told Guardian Media Sports that there were a number of areas in the team that needed working on, as seen against Panama Thursday but said it was difficult to single out any one specific area.
“It’s not easy to point to one area that needed work on because you might point to the team’s defence, for instance, but the goal may really stem from another department. My hope is that the girls are mentally ready,” Corneal explained.
He dismissed claims the team is under-prepared, saying the team’s preparedness should not be an issue as it is the situation they have found themselves in at the moment.
Despite Thursday’s defeat, however, Corneal said the mood in the camp was still good, adding quickly that the mood does not necessarily translate to winning performances on the field.
The T&T team will be minus key players Kennya Cordner and Jenelle Cunningham, both picking up injuries in the last match.
Yesterday, the team went through some last minute fine-tuning ahead of today’s encounter.
The T&T footballers must finish among the top two teams in the group to be able to advance. This means with no points from their first match, the girls who are being led by Tasha St Louis, must beat the Mexicans today and get at least a point or full points against the Americans on Wednesday at the same venue.