2015 T&T Women's U-20 Team at the CFU Championships

National Under-20 women’s player Maya Matouk rated this country’s third place finish at the recent Caribbean Football Union Final Round Women’s U-20 championship as satisfactory.

Matouk, who scored in T&T’s opening win over Curacao, said: “Personally, I felt deep satisfaction when we placed third. It was crucial that we won this game against Puerto Rico. Although we entered the tournament with expectations of winning the final we were content securing a slot in the Concacaf round. As a team we were overjoyed to achieve this as we left our blood, sweat and tears out on the field.”

T&T defeated Puerto Rico 4-3 on penalty kicks to win the third place playoff after both teams played to a 1-1 draw after extra time.

Looking ahead to the tournament in Honduras which will pit T&T against the likes of United States, Mexico and Costa Rica, the University of Tampa student said, “As a team we know we have rigorous training sessions ahead and we are already prepared to make sacrifices towards our journey to Honduras. About five of our players including myself reside abroad and will continue to train with our respective schools in order to be at our prime for the next round.

“I must say that the entire management team is always in contact with us and encourage us to keep on track with our training programme. We know we will face tougher teams but without a doubt Coach Jason Spence and the entire staff will continue to strengthen us on and off the field. We have an outstanding team that continues to grow and build and we will make Trinidad and Tobago proud.” 

Three teams from CONCACAF will qualify for the 2016 FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea.