Trinidad and Tobago’s Women Under 17 Team will depart for Panama City on Tuesday to play three warm-up matches against the country’s Women’s U-17 team from July 23-27.
This was confirmed by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association today following discussions with the Panama Football Federation. The games will replace the initially schedule friendlies in Trinidad between the two teams which were regrettably cancelled due to challenges in securing a flight out of Panama City to Port of Spain this week. The matches will be played on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Both teams are preparing for upcoming CONCACAF matches and T&T head coach Stefan Defour was in high spirits on Friday upon being notified of the team’s upcoming training camp in Panama.
“This is good news for us because the girls were looking forward to these two matches and were notably disappointed upon receiving the news that they were cancelled. But this latest news has lifted their spirits and mood again and we are now looking forward to this trip which will be extremely valuable to our preparations at this time,” Defour told TTFA Media.
TTFA President David John-Williams was also delighted with the new arrangement, saying “Sometimes things work out in such a way that it turns out better in the long run. We knew these matches for the Under 17 Women’s team were absolutely necessary because we wanted to ensure, that just like the boys, they were given the opportunity to get some international match practice. And when we received word from both Curacao and Panama that neither could make it , we had to pursue another avenue.
“We followed through with the discussions and we are pleased to say that our women U-17 team will be off to Panama next week for three matches to help with their preparations,” John Williams said.