Trinidad and Tobago caretaker coach Anton Corneal released his final squad for the tournament late on Thursday after being able to confirm that US-based players Lauren Hutchinson and Naomie Guerra will be joining the squad in Kingston along with prolific forward Kennya Cordner. The Team will have its lone training session in Kingston tomorrow (Friday) at 4pm with seventeen players ahead of Saturday’s opening CONCACAF Caribbean Final round World Cup qualifier against Cuba.
Cordner, Hutchinson and Guerra will join the camp following T&T’s opening match but in time for the second fixture on Wednesday. Corneal remained optimistic and team manager Jinelle James said the mood in camp at Knutsford Courts Hotel in Kingston was decent and would improve when the final set of players arrive on Friday.
“It’s a bit of a challenge but we’ll do our utmost best to work with what is there for us and go into the game in the best possible frame of mind,” Corneal told TTFA Media.
“There were challenges with flights, availability of players and of course the injuries. It is difficult to have a tactical session going into the first game so we are depending on videos of our opponents and preparing a suitable plan to exploit their weaknesses,” Corneal said. Mariah Shade awas ruled out this week due to injury.
Tasha St Louis is expected to captain the team which includes the majority of players from the recent Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Colombia in which T&T placed fourth.
Five players will arrive in Kingston on Friday to complete the 17-player roster heading into Saturday’s opening match which kicks off at 3pm (4pm TT time) at the National Stadium. Jamaica takes on Antigua/Barbuda from 6pm.
T&T’s second match is against Antigua/Barbuda on Wednesday.
The Central American qualifiers take place from August 27th with Costa Rica. Nicaragua, El Salvador and Panama competing for two qualifying spots in the CONCACAF Final round for which Mexico is already through.
The United States will welcome the region’s top women’s national teams for the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship, which will crown a regional champion and qualify three teams directly for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, plus the fourth-place finisher to an intercontinental playoff. The CONCACAF Women’s Championship is scheduled to be played October 4-17, 2018 in Cary, N.C., Edinburg, Texas, and Frisco, Texas.
T&T 20-player Roster for CONCACAF Caribbean Final Phase
Goalkeepers– Kimika Forbes/ Saundra Baron
Defenders– Jenelle Cunningham/ Jonelle Cato/ Arin King/ Patrice Superville/ Natisha John/ Naomie Guerra/ Lauryn Hutchinson/ Rhea Belgrave
Midfielders– Karyn Forbes/ Janine Francois/ Liana Hinds/ Kayla Taylor/ Ayana Russell/ Melissa Baynes
Forwards- Tasha St. Louis/ Kennya Cordner/ Natasha St. Louis/ Aaliyah Prince