Though disclosing at Monday night’s VIP reception at Piarco International Airport that the women’s team will be heading to Mexico today Wednesday for a nine-day camp ahead of their November 8 first-leg World Cup qualifying match against Ecuador, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) up to this morning had still not given any other details of the sojourn in the high-altitude Central American nation.
Not all 20 members of the squad and neither the American-resident coach Randy Waldrum were in the returning party Monday but NEWSPOWER SPORT understood that the overseas-based players were allowed time off to re-connect with their families for the couple days before also getting to Mexico today.
It is no secret that there are injury concerns for as many as five players of the 20-player squad who contested the CONCACAF Cup Championship ended Sunday in the US with TT finishing fourth of the eight teams and with that, the right to face Ecuador, a high-altitude south American country in a home and away tie, the winner on aggregate qualifying for next year’s FIFA Women World Cup finals in Canada.
The TT team, NEWSPOWER SPORT learnt, would head straight to Ecuador on November 6 for the opening leg match two days later. The TT team then return to Trinidad with time to spare before the home clash on Tuesday, December 2 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
TTFA President Raymond Tim Kee and Minister of Sport Dr Rupert Griffith headed the small welcome home party for the team members at Piarco Monday with both highlighting the need for the team to be supported in their last bid to qualify for the Cup finals.
Meanwhile a COUNTY Football Association official in the United Kingdom has been suspended for four months after telling a female referee “a woman’s place is in the kitchen and not on a football field”.
Northumberland County FA vice president John Cummings made the comments to referee development officer Lucy May at a referee workshop event in March.
May, 24, asked Cummings about the possibility of officiating in the North East Sunday League.
Cummings told her she “wouldn’t be able to handle it”.
He added: “It’s nothing against you personally but all the time I’m alive, a woman will never referee in my league.”
An independent FA regulatory commission, led by solicitor and former Blackburn Rovers player Stuart Ripley, concluded Cummings was guilty of a breach of FA rules relating to “abusive and/or insulting language”, aggravated because of a specific reference to gender.
As well as the ban and a £250 fine, Cummings must attend an education programme before he returns to his position.