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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, December 4, 2014
Women Soca Warriors
captain Maylee Attin-John-
son made an emotional plea
to the Government of T&T
at an appreciation function
for the team at the Hyatt
Regency Hotel on Wrightson
Road, Port-of-Spain, yester-
day, asking for more respect
for the athletes.
On Tuesday, T&T s dream
of qualifying for the Fifa
Women s World Cup was
crushed after a 1-0 loss to
At the function where Min-
ister of Sport Dr Rupert Grif-
fith and president of the T&T
Football Association (TTFA)
Raymond Tim Kee were pres-
ent, the captain was thankful
for the support but wanted
the country to show athletes
Attin-Johnson said: "To the
Ministry of Sport and the
Government, thanks for
everything in the last couple
months we truly appreciate
it. I also wish for you all to
stop taking our sportswomen
and sportsmen for granted.
Stop looking at us just as foot-
ballers but as ambassadors for
our country. Please respect
Earlier, Attin-Johnson in an
address to her teammates,
who were present, said: "I
want you all to be disappoint-
ed but not ashamed. I hope
you have found the comfort
in knowing you have changed
the entire outlook of women s
sports. You have captivated
the entire nation, hold your
"You have inspired every
young girl that follows us. You
all are champions in my book."
The members of the team
all received commemoration
plaques for their effort.
Tim Kee, Griffith
Tim Kee and Dr Griffith
both congratulated T&T s
football team for its effort in
Tuesday s match.
Tim Kee said, "The ladies
performed admirably and they
made us all proud. The jour-
ney that took us to yesterday s
(Tuesday) final match was
indeed a challenging one.
Despite those difficulties, you
have persevered and you have
won the hearts of the country.
You are indeed our national
Dr Griffith who praised
Attin-Johnson for her leader-
ship skills, said the Ministry
had plans which will help
women s football.
"We want to have a special
unit in the Ministry dealing
with sport development and
administration with special
emphasis on women and girls.
"I have to put a team
together, they will touch base
with the various key stake-
holders and then we will come
up with a plan."
Mollon okay, St Louis needs
time to recover
Following the match, mid-
fielder Ahkeela Mollon fainted
in the dressing room and was
rushed to West Shore Medical
Private Hospital. The team
doctor Tonya Welch described
Mollon s condition as respi-
ratory distress due to fatigue
and exhaustion. Mollon was
stabilised and discharged, and
was present at the apprecia-
Tasha St Louis, who was
substituted in the 36th minute
because of a knee injury, is
suffering from swelling and
Dr Welch said St Louis would
need between two weeks and
a month to recover.
National women's football captain Maylee Attin-Johnson, left, and
teammate Arin King embrace during an appreciation function at
the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port-of-Spain. The local team was
edged by Ecuador, 1-0 in Tuesday's Women's World Cup qualifier at
the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo.
PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
JOHANNESBURG---Team manager Sir
Richie Richardson says the West Indies
have moved beyond the recent controver-
sial impasse with their union and board,
and are fully focused on the upcoming Test
series against South Africa.
The Caribbean side are touring in the
wake of the One-Day team s controversial
decision to abandon the tour of India over
a contracts dispute with the West Indies
Players Association and the West Indies
While the impasse initially cast doubt
over the South African tour, Sir Richie said
the situation had now settled down and
the squad was focused on events on the
"In recent weeks we haven t had any
discussions with regards to that, which is
a good thing. It means we are not focussing
on what has happened," the former Test
captain told a media conference here yes-
"We are now focussing on the future
which is here in South Africa. We re here
to play Test cricket, initially, and that is
our focus. All the players are pretty much
ready for the challenges we re going to
"We know it s not going to be easy espe-
cially with South Africa here at home but
we are prepared and we are going to give
of our best and try and give a good account
The decision to abandon the India tour
led to a full blown crisis in the Caribbean
game and triggered a series of high-level
meetings between cricket officials, chaired
by St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime
Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves.
With the abandoned tour also leading to
the cancellation of the three-Test series, an
infuriated Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) lodged
a US$42 million claim of compensation for
losses before the WICB, an action that
threatens to bankrupt West Indies cricket.
Despite rumours of sanctions for players
involved in the walk-out, selectors chose a
full strength side for South Africa. This
week, however, superstar opener Chris Gayle
opted out of the series with injury.
The 35-year-old left-hander has been
campaigning here for the Highveld Lions in
the Ram Slam Twenty20 League and is
expected to play Sunday s semi-final against
With 103 Tests to his name, Gayle s
absence will be a huge blow to a struggling
side but Sir Richie said the Jamaican would
be welcome to offer any motivation he could
from the sidelines.
"He s very friendly with us and if he wants
to come around we re not going to say no.
I m sure the guys will be happy to see him.
He always has wise words of wisdom for
the youngsters in particular and he would
be a motivating factor," said Sir Richie.
"If he s around we ll be happy to invite
him in but he s not part of the squad and
I m not sure the authorities will allow him
to be around. But certainly if he wants to
come to the hotel or come to practice that
wouldn t be a problem but whether or not
he would be allowed in the dressing room
during the match, I m not sure that would
West Indies, who arrived in South Africa
on Tuesday, play a three-day match starting
next Wednesday in Benoni, ahead of the
first Test which bowls off at Centurion on
December 17. CMC
Contracts crisis now in the past, says Sir Richie
Captain wants T&T to
take sports seriously National women s football coach Randy Wal-
drum is hoping that the current T&T team can
inspire a new generation of women s football
Waldrum made the statement on Tuesday at the
post match press conference at the Hasely Crawford
Stadium, Port-of-Spain, following the "Women
Soca Warriors" devastating 1-0 loss to Ecuador.
The loss meant T&T will not participate at the Fifa
Women s World Cup in Canada next year.
Waldrum, who has been the coach for the past
five months, said: "I think it is very important
moving forward to capture the momentum. It was
not to be for this team but with Mr (Raymond)
Tim Kee and general secretary (Sheldon) Phillips,
I think we have developed some great momentum
and we can t stop and let go, I think the next step
is to build on it. As disappointed as we are, it will
be to easy to let go and let women s football take
a back seat again. We can t make that happen."
The head coach said the future was promising
with many young players.
"I think the future looks bright we have a lot of
good upcoming players like Anique Walker and the
Debesette twins (Khadisha and Khadidra), players
who are along that line the future is great, but for
those players where this is there last opportunity
I am really disappointed for them."
Waldrum, who described his troop as a cinderella
team who touched a lot of hearts, said: "It has been
an incredible journey, it is like a big screen movie
all the things we have gone through on and off the
field, the highs and lows. I am hoping T&T shows
support to this effort, they helped build the women s
CAPE TOWN---West Indies opener Chris Gayle
will continue to play for South African franchise
Highveld Lions in the Ram Slam Twenty20 League,
despite pulling out of the Test tour starting in
South Africa later this month.
Lions coach Geoffrey Toyana confirmed that Gayle
would suit up for Sunday s semi-final against Knights,
and if they were successful, the subsequent final on
"His back is causing him a lot of trouble. We re
only planning on using him for the semi-final and
hopefully the final," Toyana said.
Gayle, however, did not play in yesterday s contest
against Knights which was rained out.
The left-hander has been a key part of the Lions s
charge to the playoffs, smashing his 13th T20 hundred
last month as they beat Warriors in East London,
Of late, though, Gayle has struggled with a per-
sistent back injury which hampered his participation
in this year s Indian Premier League and caused him
to consult a German-based specialist prior to the
series against New Zealand.
He missed the final Test against Bangladesh in
September and was also ruled out of the ill-fated
one-day tour of India a month later.
West Indies manager Sir Richie Richardson, who
arrived in South Africa with the squad on Tuesday,
said he would not elaborate on Gayle s injury sit-
"I don t have all the necessary information. We
stand by the official statement we released about
his injury. He won t be part of the Test series."
Windward Islands opener Devon Smith has
replaced Gayle in the 15-man squad. CMC
Gayle to suit up for
Lions despite injury
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