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West Texas A&M and national midfielder Shanelle Arjoon has joined the current squad that will face off against Panama in two international friendlies later on this week.

The friendlies will serve as preparations for the ladies who will be hosting a group in  the CFU leg of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will be held in France. Arjoon extended to TTFA Media how important it is for the team to get the practice matches.

“I think it would be beneficial to the team in terms of getting the necessary preparation. I don’t think the games would be easy at all so we just have to try to win and give our best effort” said the tricky midfielder. Arjoon is also in high hope for the qualifiers in May as she believes that the team’s hard work and sacrifice will reap great rewards. “I think we’d do really well considering the amount of work we have been putting in from early, we usually start like two weeks before.” Arjoon continued.

Currently attending West Texas A&M in her junior year, the player praised the intensity of the training program as she told us “The training sessions are very intense and productive and I think we’re doing well as a team and we’re just looking forward to getting better collectively and individually.”

The National Senior Women’s team will be hosting two tournaments and at least three international friendlies within the space of two months and home advantage is critical for the team. “I think it would be critical for the fans to come out and support us as it would add to our motivation and we’ll want to make them all proud”, Arjoon lamented.

T&T will face Panama on Thursday 22nd March at the Ato Boldon Stadium from 6:30 PM while two days later the venue will shift to the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium for game two. Tickets cost just $20 and will be sold on game day.