Trinidad and Tobago’s Under-20 women football team and the senior men’s team are heading to Central America for CONCACAF competition that opens the door wide on qualification for FIFA World Cup finals events.
Yesterday in Honduras, the CONCACAF conducted the draw for the Under-20 Women’s Championship, a December 3 to 13 tournament that features Trinidad and Tobago as one of the eight nations seeking to be among the three qualifiers for the World Cup finals to take place in Papua New Guinea next year. Dates are to be announced for the finals.
Yesterday’s draw, which opened with a welcoming address from Honduran First Lady Anna Garcia de Hernandez. Interim President of CONCACAF and President of the Honduran Football Federation, Alfredo Hawit, sorted Trinidad and Tobago in Group A with Honduras, Canada and Jamaica while while Group B holds defending champion United States, Haiti, Panama and Mexico.
Trinidad and Tobago meet Canada on December 3 in the very first match of the tournament, playing Honduras on the fifth and Jamaica two days later.
The top two teams after the Group play round progress to the semifinal round.
Yesterday too the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association announced that national men’s coach Stephen Hart has chosen a 22-man squad for the November 13th opening CONCACAF World Cup qualifier against Guatemala in Guatemala City.
It will be Trinidad and Tobago’s first game in a Group that includes the United States of America and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Kenwyn Jones retains captaincy of the TT men’s team who have the USA as next opponents in Port of Spain on November 17th.
Goalkeepers Jan Michael Williams and Marvin Phillip as well as tough defenders Daneil Cyrus, Aubrey David and strikers Lester Peltier, Willis Plaza are among those in the squad that heads for a pre-game training camp in Fort Lauderdale this Saturday.