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The Fédération Internationale de Football Association, (FIFA), has sent an inspection team to Trinidad and Tobago to assess this country’s level of preparedness to host the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup Trinidad and Tobago 2010.

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Trinidad and Tobago’s coach Jamaal Shabazz has selected a 20- member squad, including nine players preparing for next year’s FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup, which will take place in Trinidad and Tobago.

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The Trinidad and Tobago Under-17 women's team continued their preparations for next year's FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup with a 2-0 victory over the national Under-20 women's team on Thursday at the Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya.

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Jinelle James"Women playing football? What do they know about football?" A male colleague asked. His incredulous tone and facial grimace says it all. Women are still, in the minds of many men, incapable of dealing with the 'rough and tumble' aspects of one of their treasured sports. Looking at matches on TV or in a stadium is fine for a woman but if you express an interest in playing, get ready to meet the skeptics. Just ask Jinelle James. Her prowess on the field as one of the country's leading strikers has made her a familiar face on the women's football circuit. But she's battling it out again with the dubious as she leads the T&T Under-17 women's football team in her new role - this time as Manager.

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Jack Warner and Gary HuntAn allocation of $140.9 million will be provided from the Sport Ministry’s budget of $388.8 million for the upgrade and construction of facilities to serve as training venues for the nation’s athletes and the hosting of regional and international competitions in support of T&T’s emergence as the sporting hub of the Caribbean. This was listed among the Public Sector Investment Programme 2010, which was laid in parliament during Monday’s budget presentation by Finance Minister Karen Tesheira. An area of high priority will be the preparation of the nation’s five stadia for hosting the Fifa Under-20 Women’s World Cup in 2010. Tesheira said in support of this initiative, the sum of two million will be provided for the update of the lighting systems and replacement of scoreboards at the Dwight Yorke, Larry Gomes, Mannie Ramjohn and Ato Boldon Stadia.

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