Trinidad and Tobago’s Under 20 Women team ended their 2018 Concacaf U-20 Women’s Championship campaign on a losing note, going down 2-1 to Costa Rica in the closing Group A encounter at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Monday night.
It would have come as no surprise to Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) Technical Director Anton Corneal that Trinidad and Tobago’s hopes of going to the Under-20 Women’s World Cup came crashing down yesterday evening.
Trinidad and Tobago Under 20 Women’s head coach Jamaal Shabazz was an understandably disappointed man on Thursday night as his team surrendered a two-goal lead in what he described as “dream star” in a 3-1 defeat to Haiti in Group A action at the Ato Boldon Stadium as action got going in the Concacaf Under 20 Women’s Championship.
Trinidad and Tobago lost 4-1 to Canada as Jordyn Huitema scored three goals for the visitors as they earned their second straight win at the 2018 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship Group encounter at Ato Boldon Stadium on Saturday evening. Haiti held on to defeat Costa Rica 3-2 in the earlier Group A encounter after the Central Americans rallied back to pull it to 3-2 after trailing 3-0 in the first half.
Asha James,18, of Canaan, Tobago, is the only Tobagonian selected to represent the country in the U-20 National Women football team for the CONCACAF Women’s Championships, which kicks off at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva today. T&T faces Haiti in its opening match at 6.30pm.
T&T’s Soca Princesses will hope to rebound from the disappointment of squandering a 2-0 advantage in a 3-2 loss to Haiti on Thursday, when they come up against favourites Canada in the feature match of a Group A double-header in the 2018 Under-20 Women’s Championship at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva from 6.30pm.
Today is a big day for our Under-20 Women’s National football team as T&T begins its quest in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the Women’s World Cup Finals in France in August.
National youth football coach Brian Williams sympathises with coach Jamaal Shabazz, saying that a lack of proper preparation for national teams is affecting their performance at regional and international tournaments.
The competing nations in the CONCACAF Under 20 Women’s Championship are all on Trinidad and Tobago soil and will have their official first visits to the Ato Boldon Stadium on Wednesday prior to the opening day of matches in the tournament.