T&T's Women's coach Stephan De Four plans to be aggressive in attack and relentless in the defence when the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers kicks off from Monday at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Balmain, Couva.
However, De Four, was not naive about the possible challenges he intends to face, telling reporters at a press conference on Friday that he wished he had more time to counter these hurdles. He gave the assurance that he and his players will work within the stipulations but try and deliver for the country.
With just the top team advancing out of the group, the T&T team will begin their campaign against Aruba, in the feature match Monday at 5 pm, a game that will follow an earlier encounter between St Kitts/Nevis and the Dominica Republic.
They will next take the field on Wednesday at the same venue with a mouth-watering contest against Antigua/Barbuda from 5 pm, while the Arubans and the Dominican Republic team will clash at 2:30 pm in the first match.
De Four, who was flanked by his captain Karyn Forbes, called on the public to not be too judgemental as it is a young team which, he believes, has the potential to be on par with one the best T&T teams in the past.
"I see this group as being the next top group like Maylee and 'Yaya' and them. I see this group having these talents. Going forward is where the development aspects begin. We're looking to build for the next three years for the World Cup for the senior team," De Four explained.
According to De Four, they will respect their opponents, but not be afraid of them.
Meanwhile, Forbes told the media she hopes to motivate her players so that they can get the job done.
Like her coach, Forbes believes they did not have sufficient time to prepare for the tournament and said she hopes that her aggressive style of play, will help her players to perform similarly, as it is the style of football they will be seeking to play in any way.
1.Kimika Forbes (Millonarios FC, Colombia), 18.Tenesha Palmer (Police FC, T&T);
3.Amaya Ellis (Uni. of Illinois, USA, CB), 14.Karyn Forbes (CAPTAIN) (Fjaroabyggo, Iceland CB), 4.Maria-Frances Serra (St. Augustine Secondary, T&T, DF), 2.Meyah Romeo (Monroe College, USA, DF), 5.Liana Hinds (Sundsvall DFF, Sweden, RB), 6.Sydney Boisselle (York University, Canada, RB), 7.Khadisha Debesette (Club Sando, T&T, CB), 10.Janine Francois 1(QPCC, T&T, CB), 19.Tori Paul (Olympic High, USA, LB);
8.Asha James (Florida Int’l Uni., USA, M), 9.Nia Walcott (Uni. Maryland, USA, M), 11.Maya Matouk (Uni. Of Tampa, USA, F/M), 12.Jasandra Joseph (Trincity Nationals, T&T, M);
15.Afyiah Cornwall (QPCC, T&T, F),13 Shanelle Arjoon (West Texas A&M, USA, F/M), 16.Kayla Prince (Club Sando, T&T, F), 17.Aaliyah Prince (North Texas State, USA F/M), 20.Cayla Mc Farlane (Patdadores, USA, F).
MONDAY (Sept 30)
St Kitts/Nevis vs the Dominican Republic: 2:30 pm
Aruba vs T&T: 5pm
WEDNESDAY (Oct 2)
The Dominican Republic vs Aruba- 2:30 pm
T&T vs Antigua /Barbuda - 5pm
FRIDAY (Oct 4)
Antigua/Barbuda vs the Dominican Republic- 2:30 pm
Aruba vs St Kitts/Nevis- 5 pm
SUNDAY (Oct 6)
Antigua/Barbuda vs Aruba- 2:30pm
T&T vs St Kitts/Nevis- 5 pm
TUESDAY (Oct 8)
St Kitts/Nevis vs Antigua/Barbuda- 2:30 pm
T&T vs the Dominican Republic - 5 pm