T&T’s Women’s Under 17 team is in pursuit of a second appearance at a FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup.
The team, under coach Marlon Charles, left for Haiti yesterday for the final Caribbean Football Union qualifying round. T&T faces Grenada in its first match on Saturday and Charles expects a tougher assignment than the previous first round but feels T&T is capable of advancing to the final Concacaf stage.
“We’ve worked hard and prepared well for this tournament. The girls have really sacrificed over the past few weeks because they are eager to do well in this tournament and qualify for the final phase in Jamaica and then look ahead to the World Championship in Costa Rica,” Charles said.
In the CFU first round last month, T&T topped their group in St Croix with a maximum nine points, defeating US Virgin Islands 13-0, St Kitts/Nevis 7-0 and Antigua and Barbuda 4-1.
The 2013 Concacaf Under-17 Championship is in its fourth edition. The tournament will be hosted by Jamaica from October 30 to November 2013. The United States are the defending champions. All matches of the final phase will be played in Montego Bay.
The two best-placed teams, alongside hosts Costa Rica, shall qualify for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.
TEAM: - Rebecca Ann Almandoz, Tamara Johnson, Renee Mike, Natisha John, Amaya Ellis, Abashai Guy, Dennecia Prince, Summer Arjoon, Zoe Swift, Jahra Thomas, Eden Charles, Khaline Jacob, Chelsea Frederick, Chevonne John, Corel Carmichael, Kelsey Henry, Maya Matouk, Jasandra Joseph, Chelcy Ralph, Nicolette Craig.