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Talented midfielder Tasha St Louis, 18, was selected as woman "Footballer of the Year” 2002. Tasha was a key part of the national Under-19 women’s team which was vying for a place in the FIFA Under-19 World Championships.


In its quest, St Louis scored against Panama in a 3-3 draw and against Mexico in a 1-5 defeat. T&T whipped Jamaica 2-1.

She scored two goals against Roetbal Bond of Suriname and a hattrick against Suriname in a match T&T won 6-0. The Carenage native was also netted against Panama in the First Women’s Gold Cup in the United States, where a place in the FIFA Women’s World Championship was again at stake. However, her team went down 2-4 to Panama and also lost to the USA 3-0 and 2-0 to Mexico. Despite losing all three matches, the teenager together with goalkeeper Lisa Jo Ramkissoon came in for high commendation from FIFA vice-president Austin Jack Warner, her coach Jamaal Shabazz and other sports enthusiasts.

St Louis also led her club Caridoc Stingrays to the national women’s knockout finals with two goals in a 5-1 triumph over United Petrotrin. England-based striker, Stern John, have also been selected as male “Footballer of the Year” 2002. The duo was nominated by the Executive Committee of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) two weeks ago, and will represent the sport at the Witco “Sportsman and Sportswomen of the Year” awards in March.