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Top-ranked Caribbean and
Central America teams, T&T
and Costa Rica, will lock horns
tonight in search of a place in
the final of the Concacaf
Women s Championship, and
more importantly, a spot at next
year s Fifa Women s World Cup.
The teams will open a semifinal
double-header at PPL Park,
Chester, Pennsylvania, from 5.30
pm, before Group A winner, USA
and Group B runner-up, Mexico,
clash from 8.30 pm.
Tonight s semifinal opens three
opportunities for the local
women, fondly dubbed the Soca
Princesses, to secure their first
ever spot at a Women s World
Cup. A win will guarantee that
while a loss will mean T&T will
try again in Sunday s third place
The winner of the third place
match will also qualify for the
World Cup, while the loser will
earn a "half spot" in a two-match
intercontinental playoff against
Comnebol s Ecuador for the final
qualifying spot between the two
But coach Randy Waldrum and
his charges would be keen to see
his team secure that much desired
World Cup berth in one go.
"I think the spirit is really high.
The girls are focused and it s been
that way for all three games so
far. I think they are confident but
respectful of Costa Rica for sure,"
he said ahead of tonight s fixture.
"I m extremely pleased with
the team s performances. I think
they were outstanding against the
USA with playing the way I want-
ed them to. And then against
Haiti, they showed great resilience
and fortitude to get the points
with a player down and then we
came out and did a great job
against Guatemala. We re not yet
close to where I ll like the team
to be but we have gotten better
with every game," Waldrum
Tonight, T&T, which advanced
from a runner-up finish in Group
B with one loss (1-0 to the USA)
and two wins (1-0 to Haiti and
2-1 to Guatemala), will match up
against a Costa Rica team which
has scored three times more
goals---nine, and has conceded
two after three straight wins, one
of which was against Mexico.
Like T&T, Costa Rica was a
cut above the rest in its qualifying
tournament. The team won each
of its matches prior to the Con-
cacaf event, including a 3-0 vic-
tory over host team Guatemala
And, while Costa Rica has
proven to be a tactically sound
team, it has its own reservations
regarding T&T. The team s tech-
nical assistant, an observer in
T&T s prior matches, admitted
T&T s strength and speed and
quality in the likes of forward
Kennya Cordner, newly converted
winger, Ahkeela Mollon, and cap-
tain Maylee Attin Johnson could
be a problem. "Trinidad is similar
to Jamaica: very fast and strong.
It has a system similar to that
seen in the tournament with 4-
3-3. We must further strengthen
the analysis and enhance our
strengths," the technical assistant
was quoted as saying in La
Nacion, a news source of Costa
Costa Rica s line-up boasts a
number of potent attackers in the
likes of Caronline Venehas (9)
and Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno
(11). Venegas scored the lone goal
in Costa Rica s win over Mexico
and another pair against Mar-
tinique in the team s 6-1 win,
while Cedeno scored the winning
goal against Jamaica and another
two goals against Martinique only
three minutes after coming on as
a late substitute. Another player
to watch is two-time UEFA
Champions League winner,
Shirley Cruz Traña, a marshall in
Costa Rica s midfield.
On the other side, T&T
received a boost in the return of
starting goalkeeper Kimika Forbes,
who served a one-match ban after
her expulsion against Haiti. A
handful of players who suffered
slight injuries before and during
the tournament including Tasha
St Louis, Janine Francois, Karyn
Forbes and Ayanna Russell are
said to be fit to play, while Cord-
ner, the team s top scorer, Mollon,
assist leader, and other starters
have gotten ample time to recu-
perate after playing their three
group matches in five days.
CANBERRA---West Indies Women s team
management say their side will not be dis-
tracted by the storm of controversy surround
their male counterparts.
The Windies women arrived here last week
to face hosts Australia Women in a bilateral
series, even as West Indies men s one-day
side took the unprecedented step of aban-
doning their tour of India over a pay dispute
with their union, WIPA.
However, captain Merissa Aguilleira said
while her team were aware of the issues, they
were remaining focused on their upcoming
"We ve been following it, it s been hard,
but we don t want it to be distracting us. We
came here to represent the West Indies and
we want to make sure our fans aren t dis-
appointed," Aguilleira said.
West Indies men walked out on the tour
of India last Friday following the fourth One-
Day International in Dharamsala, upset over
new contracts they have claimed would result
in a drastic reduction in their earnings.
The move sparked an angry response from
the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) who have
since announced they would sue the West
Indies Cricket Board for losses and also sus-
pend future bilateral series with West Indies.
Women s coach Sherwin Campbell said he
hoped the issue could be resolved amicably
but stressed that his side would not be affected
by those developments.
"We are separate teams and separate tours
and we are focused on that," said Campbell,
a former West Indies vice-captain who played
52 Tests. You don t want to see teams not
being able to go to events, so hopefully they
can resolve the issue as quickly as possible."
West Indies Women face Australia Women
in four Twenty20 internationals and four
ODIs starting November 2. (CMC)
KINGSTON---Ottis Gibson says he was fired as
West Indies head coach despite a statement
from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)
Gibson s declaration three months after ending
ties with the WICB contradicts a statement from
the board which said the two had mutually agreed
to end their association.
Gibson and WICB severed ties in August on
the eve of a series against Bangladesh involving
two-test matches and One Day Internationals
He has been quoted in the regional media as
saying he was shocked when WICB president
Dave Cameron fired him during a telephone con-
He says Cameron told him that players had
lost confidence in him.
Gibson s contract was renewed last year after
taking up the post in January 2010.
His finest moment with the Windies came
when he led them to victory in the ICC World
Twenty20 tournament two years ago. (CMC)
Gibson says he was
fired by the WICB
KUALA LUMPUR---Former West Indies fast bowler
Jermaine Lawson marked his debut for the United
States by helping to demolish Bermuda on the
opening day of the six-nation Pepsi ICC World
Cricket League Division Three 50 overs tournament
in Malaysia yesterday.
The Jamaican claimed three for 30 from 5.5 overs
as Bermuda were routed for 106 inside 27 overs
before the US romped to a six-wicket victory in just
21.5 overs at Bayuemas Oval.
Having qualified to play for the US based on the
ICC s four-year residency requirement, Lawson, 32,
who played 13 Tests before moving to America in
2010, struck with his first ball, removing opener
Lawson was joined in the demolition of the top
and middle order by fellow seamer Usman Shuja,
who snapped up three for 12, after the US won the
toss and elected to field.
Allan Douglas, Jr, who top-scored with 36, was
one of only three Bermuda batsmen to reach double
In reply, the US slipped to 45 for three inside 11
overs but 35-year-old Guyana-born captain Steve
Massiah steadied the ship and helped steer his side
home with three sixes and two fours in his 27-ball
31.Pick of the Bermuda attack was 17-year-old left-
arm slow bowler Delray Rawlins, who took two for
40 from 7.5 overs.
In other matches, Uganda beat Nepal by 20 runs,
while Singapore edged Malaysia by two wickets with
seven balls to spare.
Playing at Kinrara Academy Oval, Mpho Mukobe
and Brian Masaba both scored half-centuries in
Uganda s 203 for eight as the pair shared a 137-run
partnership for the sixth wicket.
Mukobe s 102-ball 84 included three sixes and six
fours, while Masaba hit five fours in his 51.
Opener Naresh Budayair struck 62 for Nepal before
he fell in the 38th over with the total on 122 for five
and the target proved out of the team s reach.
Today, Bermuda take on Nepal, Malaysia play the
US and Singapore face Uganda.
The two finalists will gain promotion to Division
Two, which will be played in Namibia from January
17 to 24, 2015. That tournament is the final step in
the qualification pathway to the ICC s four-day,
first-class competition for Associate and Affiliate
members, the ICC Intercontinental Cup, as well as
the 50-over World Cricket League Championship.
Former Test bowler
Lawson stars as
US crush Bermuda
WI Women focused despite men's team upheaval
World Cup spot
...in Concacaf battle with Costa Rica
Members of the T&T women's football team celebrate their 2-1 victory against Guatemala. AP PHOTO
Costa Rica v T&T, PPL Park, Chester,
Pennsylvania, 5.30 pm
USA v Mexico, PPL Park, 8.30 pm
Kimika Forbes, Tinesha Palmer (GK);
Ayanna Russell, Rhea Belgrave, Arin
King, Liana Hinds, Brianna Ryce,
Khadisha Debessette, Lauren
Hutchinson, Patrice Superville (Def);
Khadidra Debessette, Maylee Attin
Johnson, Janine Francois, Karyn Forbes,
Anique Walker (Mid); Mariah Shade,
Dernelle Mascall, Tasha St Louis,
Ahkeela Mollon, Kennya Cordner (Fwd).
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