Women’s football technical director Even Pellerud says that this country’s chances at the CONCACAF Women U-17 final round of qualifiers are reasonable as he expects the experience gained at the 2010 World Cup to be of tremendous benefit to the local team.
Eight members of the team that participated at the 2010 Finals hosted in Trinidad and Tobago are also part of the current squad. “The experiences we gained through the 2010 campaign can only help us.
As many as eight of the current squad members were playing for us last time and these young girls have grown in many ways since then. They are smarter, more skilled and they all possess more confidence in themselves!
As a matter of fact these eight girls are strong leaders and role models for the other team members,” Pellerud added. The team is scheduled to play international training games in April and will also engage training camp in Florida before heading to the CONCACAF finals in Guatemala in May.
T&T are grouped with the USA, Mexico and Bahamas an open the tournament on May 3 against the Mexicans. The other group includes Guatemala, Canada, Panama and Jamaica.
The two finalists and the third place winner will advance to U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan September 22-October 13 2012.