Trinidad and Tobago’s Under 14 Girls team will make its international debut tomorrow (Friday) when they face Grenada in the second game of a double header to commence the Caribbean Football Union Under 14 girls Challenge Series at the Ato Boldon Stadium from 7:00pm. Cuba takes on Suriname from 5:00pm.
The tournament is part of CFU’s development initiative and is intended to give exposure to the women’s game in the region with a total of 22 teams contest groups in Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis and T&T.
“This competition follows last year’s Women’s Challenge Series and drills down on the CFU’s commitment to grassroots football generally and the advancement of the women’s game specifically,” said CFU President Randolph Harris. “This will also foster their growth and development both on and off the football pitch.
“This competition is also important for us from a developmental perspective, as it gives us the opportunity to appoint budding referees from the respective territories to officiate in the matches. This will shore up their skills and give them some of the much-needed practical experience required to advance to the next tier,” Harris added.
The T&T team, under head coach Marlon Charles, had its final session at the Ato Boldon venue on Thursday evening as the coach named his final squad which entered a residential camp in Couva on Wednesday.
“We are excited about the tournament. The players are very keen to take the pitch knowing that is a developmental tournament. The opportunity for them is an enormous one,” Charles told TTFA Media.
“From day one we decided that the players must put their foot on the ball and play the possession game. This is a very important phase. There are so many things to take into consideration with these young ladies when it comes to their mindset. It’s very important for their development and it’s a good thing that the TTFA has going on with the CFU and it can help with the development of women’s football,”Charles added.
Admission at the gates is $25.
T&T Girls U-14 Squad
1. Faith Alexander – Defender
2.J’eleisha Alexander – Defender
3. Rasheeda Archer – Midfielder – MSA,St George’s (Barataria)
4.Jeniceia Benjamin – Defender
5. Angel Berot – Defender – Maracas United (Maracas)
6.Arie Bhagan – Midfielder – W Connection (Couva)
7. Carissa Cowan – Defender – Black Panthers of Tobago
8.Nikita Jackson – Forward – Fever United (Texas)
9.Orielle Martin – Midfielder – SKHY FC (Trincity)
10.Talia Martin – Midfielder – Speyside Junior Academy (Tobago)
11.Akia Morris – Defender
12.Breana Smith – Forward – Laventille FC (Laventille)
13.Mikayla St Clair – Midfielder – Cutler Ridge Soccer Club (Florida)
14.Sadiel Antoine – Goalkeeper
15.Twinkle Thomas – Midfielder – Jewel Sports Club (Tobago)
16.Gamie Waldron – Defender – Jewel Sports Club (Tobago)
17.Mikaela Yearwood – Goalkeeper – Empire FC (Port of Spain)
18. Jewel Benjamin Edmond – Midfielder – Talent and Energy (San Fernando)