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Memories of November 19, 1989, returned
to the Hasely Crawford Stadium yesterday
as the T&T Women Warriors failed to qualify
for next year s Women s World Cup in Cana-
da, following a 1-0 loss to Ecuador.
Chasing a win that would have made them
the first Caribbean team to climb such lofty
heights, the Randy Waldrum coached team
was undone by a last minute goal which fol-
lowed a free kick from star forward Monica
Quinteros, which bounced past the T&T wall
and beat an onrushing Kimika Forbes in goal,
in added on time.
In 1989, the T&T Strike Squad needed a
draw against the United States to qualify for
the World Cup finals in Italy 1990. However,
a 35th minute goal by Paul Caliguira, gave
their opponents the victory, which ultimately
made the USA the last team to reach the finals
that year, and deprived T&T of their first trip
to the tournament.
Yesterday, leaden footed T&T players, stayed
glued to the turf following the referee s last
blast of the whistle, tears streaming down
their faces, as the reality came home that the
dream was over. It was no different from 1989.
Earlier, the the Women Warriors, backed
by a sold out crowd, dominated the match for
most of the 90 minutes but had no goals to
show for it.
Several opportunities went abegging, much
to the disappointment of the close to 24,000
crowd who cheered lustily as T&T made raid
after raid on the visitor s goal.
But a combination of poor finishing and
good goalkeeping by Shirley Berruz in the
Ecuador citadel, kept the scoresheet blank.
An electric atmosphere greeted the Women
Soca Warriors when they arrived at the venue
earlier in the day.
The Women were aiming to follow in the
footsteps of the 2005 men s team which qual-
ified for the finals in Germany 2006.
Less than an hour before kick off, the place
was buzzing and there was a tremendous ova-
tion when T&T in particular, and Ecuador,
came on the field to warm up.
By 5.10 pm, the stadium began to fill out.
Soca star Benjai with the assistance of moko
jumbies entertained the crowd with his popular
song Trini. The crowd came to life when a
helicopter flew above the stadium with the
Thirty minutes before kick off, outside the
stadium was just as electric as inside. Spec-
tators tried to get last minute merchandise to
show their support. At the Fan Club booth,
hundreds of "I am the 12th Warrior" T-shirts
were selling, while scalpers were busy trying
to get rid of their tickets. Five minutes after
the match kicked off, hundreds of spectators
were still trying to get into the venue to be
the 12th Warrior.
Several of them were left disappointed from
as early as 5 am, when they lined the periphery
of the stadium to purchase the last batch of
tickets made available by the TTFA, after the
official outlets had reported one day earlier
that all tickets were sold out.
At 11.15 am, a police officer informed the
crowd that there were only children s tickets
available, much to their disappointment.
Some of them paid as much as $600 for
tickets to the covered stands and $300 for
uncovered stands to support their team. The
tickets were originally priced at $200 and
Alma says South Africa do not intend
to underestimate West Indies when the
series against the tourists from the
Caribbean get underway here in two
The eighth-ranked West Indies come
into the series with six losses from their
last ten Tests, but Amla believes Denesh
Ramdin s men would provide a good con-
test for the Proteas.
The first test match of their tour begins
on December 17 in Centurion.
"There s definitely no need to be com-
placent against the West Indies. They are
a team that has a lot of explosive power,
they play colourful, exciting cricket," Amla
said in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
"There s no reason for us to hold them
in any lighter esteem. We ve got a good
squad and the strength of our team is
concentrating on what we do well."
South Africa have come off a 4-1 ODI
series loss away against Australia last
However Amla is optimistic that their
50-over struggles against the Aussies will
not return to haunt them against their
West Indian rivals.
"I don t think any of the baggage [from
Australia] will follow us," he said.
"Test cricket is a largely different format
from One Day cricket. Being at home
with the team we have---an almost devel-
oping Test team---I don t think that series
will impact us."
The second Test starts on Boxing Day,
December 26th; the final Test is due to
start January 2nd at Capetown while three
T20s and five One Day Internationals
(ODI) will follow. (CMC)
Left-handed opening batsman Jeremy
Solozano and Yannic Cariah have been
included in the 13-man T&T team to face
Guyana in round four of the West Indies
Cricket Board Four-day Professional
Cricket League, which bowls off on Fri-
day at the Queen s Park Oval, Port-of-
Solozano, a contracted T&T player, was
not part of the squad for the first three
rounds of matches.
Cariah, who has shown some form in
the tournament thus far, missed the last
match against Jamaica because of a toe
injury. Cariah and Solozano will bring
some batting strength to the team, which
has struggled to put runs on the board.
Guyana, despite losing to Barbados in
the last round, lie at the top of the stand-
ings. T&T is fourth ahead of the Leeward
Islands and Windward Islands.
ST GEORGE'S---Grenada s
Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell
has congratulated Windward
Islands opening batsman Devon
Smith on his return to the West
Indies team for the tour of South
Smith, who last played test
cricket three years ago, was called-
up as a replacement for veteran
opener Chris Gayle who has been
forced out of the side due to injury.
The Grenadian batsman has
been in superb form already this
season, amassing 334 runs at an
average of 55 including a score of
145 to lead Windwards to victory
over Leeward Islands in the third
round of the WICB Professional
Cricket League over the weekend.
"Devon s talent is unquestion-
able, and his development is evi-
dent, as was most recently
demonstrated in the Professional
cricket League; therefore, he
deserves to be included on the
West Indies team," declared Prime
"We are very happy for, and
proud of him, as he continues to
grow in the game. We look for-
ward to the South Africa tour with
increased excitement to see our
boy in action."
Smith, 33, will fly out to this
week to join the West Indies squad
which left the Caribbean on Sun-
day for London enroute to Johan-
Smith will be joined by left-
arm seamer Sheldon Cottrell who
leaves the region on Friday for
Prime Minister Mitchell has also
conveyed best wishes and a speedy
recovery to Gayle who has strug-
gled with injury in recent years
and missed the recent ill-fated
one-day tour of India as a result.
West Indies open their tour with
a three-day practice game in
Benoni starting December 10.
PM Mitchell congratulates Smith on recall
T&T striker Kennya Cordner is tackled by Ecuador's Ingrid Rodriguez during yesterday's FIFA
Women's World Cup Qualifier at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port-of-Spain. T&T lost the
game 1-0. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Shades of 1989
as Warriors fall
in T&T squad to
Rayad Emrit (captain), Jason Mohammed
(vice-captain), Evin Lewis, Lendl
Simmons, Yannick Ottley, Nicholas
Pooran, Imran Khan, Steven Katwaroo,
Akeal Hosein, Marlon Richards, Daniel St
Clair, Jeremy Solozano, Yannic Cariah
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