Venezuela’s national female footballers will be looking for a second tour victory when they take on Trinidad and Tobago’s senior women’s team in a friendly international today from 5 p.m. at Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.
Both teams are using the match as preparation for the upcoming 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying, and will meet in a second friendly on Tuesday, before the South Americans face an All-Star select XI a second time on Thursday.
American Randy Waldrum, the newly-recruited T&T national women’s coach is expected to fly in today from Houston, Texas, to have a first look at his players in action. However, T&T men’s national coach Stephen Hart has been ‘’subbing’’ since the resignation of long-serving former coach Marlon Charles, and will be in charge today.
It is just the second meeting between Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela in women’s football, despite the countries being so close.
Venezuela edged a slender 1-0 victory on their way to winning the gold medal at the 2010 CAC Games in Merida, Venezuela, where Trinidad and Tobago won silver after posting victories over Nicaragua (4-0), Puerto Rico (3-2) and Guatemala (3-2).
Venezuela opened their four-match T&T tour last Friday night with a commanding 9-0 victory over an All-Star team from the local Women League Football competition-- including capable players the like of Shanelle Arjoon, Teneisha Palmer, Zoe Swift and Celeste Thomas.
They face much tougher opponents tonight against a T&T women’s team that has now lost its last two international tours, in which they played against club teams in England last year, and against a couple of US colleges team earlier this year.
Veteran Tasha St Louis should command the T&T team from midfield, while experinced players Maylee Attin-Johnson, Anastasia Prescott and Dernell Mascall should also all be involved.
One of the emerging South American teamS, Venezuela have had some good results this year at the South American Games when they beat Colombia (1-0) and Uruguay (4-0). They drew their semi-final match 0-0 with hosts Chile, before losing out 3-1 in a a penalty shootout. And they also lost the third-place play-off 2-0 to Brazil, the runners-up at the 2007 Women’s World Cup.
Venezuela tour matches in T&T:
Venue - Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva
Admission - $10
5 p.m. - Venezuela v T&T
Tuesday, July 8
6.30 p.m. - Venezuela v T&T
Thurursday, July 10
6.30 p.m. - Venezuela v WoLF XI