The Trinidad and Tobago Women’s Under 20 Team departed Port of Spain on Tuesday morning for San Pedro Sula, Honduras to contest the CONCACAF Final Round of qualification for the 2016 FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cup.
The team traveled in two batches and the full squad will assemble tomorrow midday in Honduras.
Head Coach Jason Spence yesterday announced his final squad for the tournament which will see T&T face Canada in the opening match on Thursday at the Estadio Francisco Morazán at 5pm local time.
T&T are in Group A with hosts Honduras, Canada and Jamaica.Group B will be headed by the defending CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Champion United States, and also includes Haiti, Panama and Mexico.
Estadio Francisco Morazán will host the opening day matches for Group A, as well as the semifinals, third place match and the final, while the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano will host the remaining Group A matches and all of Group B group phase matches.
The CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship Honduras 2015 will qualify three teams directly to the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016.
Looking ahead to the competition, Spence said he was positive about the chances of advancing and expects his team to remain in good spirits.
“The team looked bright and sharp and the vibe in the camp is generally good,” Spence told TTFA Media.
“I have insisted to the players that they need to place all their focus on the next three games, particularly the opening game and they have been responding very well to this. I certainly believe that this group will be one with some very exciting close games.
“The mood of the team surrounding the football is one of confidence and calm. The opening match certainly has a great impact on the rest of the matches as it will set the stage psychologically. We are ready to do our best out on the field. My technical staff members continue to give their best to make the journey of this tournament a success and it is important that the supporting public only feed us their positive energy Negativity is not allowed and accepted around my team it’s one of the rules I set for the players and staff and now I am setting it for the public,” Spence added.
In other Women’s National Team news, the Senior Women’s Team will depart later this week for Hawaii for the first of two international friendlies against the United States. The squad has already been selected by head coach Randy Waldrum. The FA wishes to advise that assistant coach Anthony Creece will not travel for the two games having not been granted a US travel visa due to currently being a green card applicant. He will be replaced in the traveling contingent by TTFA Director of Football Kendall Walkes.