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Trinidad and Tobago Women's Head Coach James Thomas during a training session at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on Wednesday, September 15th 2021.

The first phase of preparation for the FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifiers has gone good so far.

The T&T women under Welshman James Thomas completed a training camp on Wednesday and will spring into another in October with the hope of peaking in time for the team's first qualifier in November.

T&T women have been drawn in Group F of the CONCACAF/FIFA World Cup Qualifiers along with Guyana, Nicaragua, Dominica and the Turks and Caicos Islands. They will open at home against Nicaragua, during the FIFA Women’s Match Windows of November.

"Facility wise, we've got everything we need, and the important thing is that you need to be adaptable to any changes that may come up on short notice.

The facilities have been great and as far as the players are concerned there are a few players that we selected for this camp that are unavailable, whether it's injury or trouble getting here, so we have a few players less than we anticipated, but football throws these things at you and it's how we adapt as a staff to make things happen.

As a coach, you always have a long list of players to select from, so there are players on your talent list and we want to look at players who haven't been tested yet in international football so it gives us the opportunity of seeing them.

The benefit of this camp being a training camp and not a fixture camp, it allows us to experiment with players, it allows us to experiment with the formation and the tactical side of the game to ensure that our game plan actually what the players are."

He added: " In terms of the amount of time we've had, that was essential. That was something I said that when we come in we need this because the amount of time these players haven't been together and we need to get the environment right, so we needed the earliest possible start to our preparation which we've got, which is fantastic."

The coach in a short window with the media yesterday said they have been setting a high standard in training, although they are minus a few players.

SOURCE: T&T Guardian