Trinidad and Tobago National Women’s team captain Maylee Attin-Johnson says the opportunity to correct the mistakes that may have cost this country a place at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup is upon the team for the upcoming CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers in the United States.
The T&T team is scheduled to depart on Sunday for Houston for a training camp ahead of their opening game against Guatemala at the BBVA Compass Stadium on February 11th.
“The training sessions have been going quite well and exciting as well as intense. The players have responded really quickly to coach Hood and Coach (Rajesh) Latchoo. We know it will be difficult but we are all going to give it our best shot,” Attin-Johnson said.
Head coach Richard Hood stated that the captain along with the likes of the more experienced players such as Kennya Cordner, Ahkeela Mollon, Arin King and Tasha St Louis would have to shoulder the majority of the responsibilities in the tournament
“He’s definitely correct about that. We have the experience at CONCACAF Level. It’s up to us to hold each other accountable,” Attin-Johnson said
“I’ve always told my players that this is our opportunity to rewrite our wrongs which saw us not accomplishing our goal in 2014. We have to go out like this is our last tournament for some of us as the senior players. It may not be that case but we have to treat it this way.
“We have a great opportunity again. The Olympics is actually a lot more difficult to qualify for than the World Cup. We know the work that we have to put in and the standard which we have to play at in order to qualify,” Attin-Johnson added.
Following the opening game against Guatemala, T&T will face Canada on February 14th and Guyana on February 16th. The top two teams in the group will advance to the semi finals with the two finalists moving onto the Rio 2016 Olympics.