Trinidad and Tobago women’s football team and followers were coming back down off their emotional high today, as Tuesday evening’s 1-nil loss to Ecuador and a loss of what was their best chance yet to qualify first time for a Women’s World Cup finals fade, albeit slowly, from memory.
In the aftermath of the stunning defeat before a capacity partisan home crowd at the 22,795-seat Hasely Crawford Stadium, the country’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Football Association Head Raymond Time Kee both paid tribute to the team’s efforts, saying in publicly released statements that the team had been able to trike a welcome blow for unity in the country.
The Football Association also acknowledged the support of home fans for the game as well as financial and other concessionary contributions from the Government and the private sector to the team’s qualifying campaign.
Next in focus for the Association are campaigns by both the Boys Under 17 and Under-20 teams to qualify for their respective World Cup finals on schedule for next year.
The Under 20s are to head out to Jamaica in January for the CONCACAF championship that would qualify the top four teams for their World Cup finals set for May 30 to June 20 in New Zealand.
The Under 17s have their CONCACAF Championships in Honduras from February 27th to March 14 and they too would be aiming to be one of the four qualifiers for the October 17th to November 8th World Cup finals to be held in Chile.
The men’s team also have the CONCACAF Gold Cup, a qualifier for the 2016 COPA AMERICA centennial, on their schedule later in 2015.