Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 29th 2014 Contents ANDREW GIOANNETTI
Maylee Attin Johnson, captain of
T&T s women s national team, says
there a fairy tale story will be written
on December 2 when this country
hosts the second leg of the Fifa
Women s World Cup intercontinental
playoff against Ecuador.
Attin Johnson was speaking at a
reception hosted both by the Ministry
of Sport and the T&T Football Asso-
ciation (TTFA) at the Diplomatic Lounge,
Piarco International Airport, immediately
upon the team s arrival from the US,
where they came off a fourth placed
finish at the Concacaf Women s Cham-
pionship a day before.
"There is going to be a happy ending
to this story. A fairytale one," she
The fourth place finish assured T&T
another attempt at qualifying for the
World Cup by virtue of a two-legged
meeting with Ecuador, which finished
third in Comnebol s World Cup qual-
On Monday, Attin Johnson formally
addressed an audience which included
a number of proud dignitaries from the
T&T Football Association (TTFA) includ-
ing president Raymond Tim Kee and
general secretary Sheldon Phillips, as
well as the Minister of Sport, Rupert
Griffith and representatives of TTFA s
Despite her team s best efforts in dif-
ficult circumstances, Attin Johnson
admitted that the target set out was not
met, but gave an assurance that her
team will do everything possible to over-
come the South American opponents.
"As I told my teammates, performance
beats old talk any day. I think we went
out there to complete a mission and we
didn t. But, God has a way where he
gave us another opportunity and with
opportunity, you can either take full
advantage of it, or all it to pass you by."
I think we ve had a lot of difficult
times throughout out national team stay
and we never allowed it to keep us down.
And we are on a mission to ensure that
our struggles do not become our identity.
Come December 2, we would need full
support," she added.
Attin Johnson expressed pride in her
players, each of whom she said stepped
up when called upon, in spite of their
own perception that the team lacked
"All the struggles that we endured
over the past few weeks, not only off
the field, but, you know, we ve pushed
some of the best Concacaf teams to the
edge and the most important thing is
that we left everything out on the field,
so there was no regrets.
"Throughout that entire tournament,
we haven t fielded our full team. We
had Janine Francois out, Tasha St Louis
a shell of herself due to injury, Karyn
Forbes, Ayanna Russell... It s been dif-
ficult, but we have a great coach. He
trusts in each and every player and every
player he called on, stepped up big time
for us. We showed that in this tourna-
ment, where we could hold the mighty
US to a 1-0 (loss). And, in that game
we had a couple opportunities that we
could have scored."
Attin Johnson said her team played
with heart, grit and determination but
given the circumstances, the players
could offer little more. "But most impor-
tantly, we still believe. God gave us
There is going to be a happy ending
to this story. A fairytale one. Come out
there on December 2, and give us that
support that we need. Hopefully, in
these next few days the players who are
injured or need to get game fit are able
to do so."
Women Soca Warriors
head to Mexico
The "Women Soca Warriors" will at-
tempt to adjust to high altitude con-
ditions, a strength of their
Ecuadorian playoff opponents from
today when they depart for Mexico
City for a training camp.
T&T will meet the South Americans
at the Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa, in
Quito, on November 8, from 2 pm (local
time) in the first of a two-legged playoff
for the last available spot between Con-
cacaf and Comnebol, for next year s
World Cup in Canada.
The camp is expected to help the
players cope with the conditions asso-
ciated with playing at a high altitude
including a decrease of oxygen.
The elevation of Mexico City is an
estimated 2,250m above sea level and
approximately 550m lower than Quito.
At the conclusion of the training
camp, the team will head straight to
Ecuador. The second leg will be hosted
by T&T three just over weeks later on
December 2 at a venue to be deter-
CASTRIES, St.Lucia---St Lucia is set to
host the Windward Islands Men's Senior
Goodwill Cricket Tournament from Octo-
ber 30 to November 5.
In preparation, the St Lucia National
Cricket Association has named its final 13-
member team for the three-game, two-
day round-robin series.
West Indies Twenty20 captain Darren
Sammy has been left out, but two other
players with West Indies experience have
Opening batsman Johnson Charles can
also stand as wicketkeeper, and all-
rounder Garey Mathurin should provide
support for both batting and bowling.
The team will be led by 29-year-old
batsman Craig Emmanuel, who has played
for Combined Campuses and Colleges and
Windward Islands in regional competition.
The final 13 includes newcomers Awen
Edward, a batsman, and Loic Prospere, a
fast bowler. A third youngster, spinner
Larry Edward, played one game for the
senior team at the age of 15, whilst young
Taryck Gabriel has had some experience
with West Indies Under-19. (CMC)
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Sammy left out St Lucia One-day team
T&T Football Association president Raymond Tim Kee, right, presents a plaque bearing an image of T&T's senior women's
footballers and staff to captain of the team, Maylee Attin Johnson, centre, during a ceremony at the Diplomatic Lounge,
Piarco International Airport, on Monday. Minister of Sport Rupert Griffith, left, was also present to welcome the team back,
following their impressive fourth placed finish at the Concacaf Women's Championship, on Sunday.
PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS.
Attin Johnson: There's a
fairy tale story in this
...Women Warriors off to Mexico to adapt
TONYA NERO repre-
sented this country with
a win at the IAAF South
America 10K, hosted in
Guyana, which she won
"There is going to be
a happy ending to this
story. A fairytale one."
T&T senior women s
team captain MAYLEE
speaking ahead of this
country s Women s
World Cup two-match
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