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Former national football cap-
tain Dwight Yorke voiced his
support towards the national
women s team prior to their
December 2 final World Cup
qualifier against Ecuador. A vic-
tory, he said, would have pro-
pelled the women s game but
with the result now history,
Yorke has another message for
Maylee Attin-Johnson and her
Yorke was a teenager on
November 19, 1989 when T&T
suffered a 1-0 loss to the United
States, a defeat that saw the Strike
Squad falter at the final hurdle.
Shattering as it was, T&T con-
tinued to chase that qualification
dream and eventually accom-
plished it in 2005/2006.
"It s heartbreaking and it s
something that never leaves you,"
Yorke said. "This is a memory
you will take with you for the rest
of your lives but it makes you a
stronger person and you take the
lessons from it. I had the same
experience as a youngster in 1989
but I didn t let it keep me down.
Instead I used it to my advantage
and I pushed myself to do better,
to chase more dreams and to
"This is what these young
women have to do now. They ve
set a good platform for women s football and now they have got
to believe more than ever before
Yorke: One loss is not the end of the road
that they can go on to achieve other
things. There will be more tournaments
and more World Cups to come. Hope-
fully now the people and I mean the
association, the stakeholders, the Gov-
ernment and the players can realise
how important it is to give it their all
both for the women and the men s
football back home."
Foncette thrilled with
national team experience
National goalkeeper Adrian Foncette
did not appear in any of this country s
Caribbean Cup matches in Jamaica
but his journey over the past seven
years has been quite a remarkable one.
As such, the second placed medal he
collected following T&T s 4-3 loss on
penalty kicks to Jamaica in final on
November 18, felt like a winner s prize
in many regards.
Foncette suffered a near career end-
ing injury in 2007 when his hand was
badly damaged in a car accident on a
return home from a gym session. He
underwent six surgeries and rehab for
just over four months and defied the
odds to eventually return to playing.
The injury sustained, it was said, usu-
ally leads to amputation.
He underwent physical therapy with
Lisa Niles three times a week and
occupational therapy with Leslie Garcia
every other day in order to have any
chance of playing again.
That paid off as Foncette was off to
the University of Albany on a football
scholarship where he eventually grad-
uated with a major in economics and
a minor in business administration.
He had previously appeared for the
T&T Under-20 team and was in train-
ing with the U-23 team before the
He returned to Trinidad, joining
North East Stars before moving to
Police in order to get more playing
time in the local professional league.
His solid performances between the
sticks earned him a call up to the senior
team where he has been the number
three behind Jan Michael Williams and
"It s a great experience just being
included in the team. This is something
I was working towards when I came
back home after the accident in 2012,"
the 26-year-old custodian said.
"It s been a whole new experience
playing and preparing at this level.
Even though I didn t play in any of
the matches, just being in the locker
room before and after matches and
hearing and seeing everything going
on at half time was an eye opener and
something that will serve me well for
"The team spirit was quite good and
the squad has a good bond which I
growing stronger and hopefully I can
continue to improve my game get the
opportunity again and someday get
the chance to make my debut for the
David eyes return to Europe
National defender Aubrey David is
expected to undergo trials in Europe
in February as his stint with Finnish
club FF Jaro has ended.
David had a relatively strong show-
ing for T&T at the 2014 Caribbean
Cup Finals and is hoping to secure
another move to Europe.
"The deal has ended with Jaro and
at the moment I m home awaiting the
new transfer window. There are a cou-
ple clubs that have expressed interest
and I m likely to go on trial early next
year," David said. "The club is from
Ukraine and they ve invited me to join
them for a camp in Turkey in February.
So hopefully I ll be back out there in
David said he was looking forward
to 2015 calendar.
"Next year is another huge year for
the national team with the Gold Cup
coming up and of course we re getting
closer to the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
I think we ended 2014 in a good posi-
tion by coming second in the
Caribbean Cup. We have a lot of work
to do still but we could look back and
be pleased with some of the things we
have accomplished in 2014."
Belgrave gets US honours
T&T women s player Rhea Belgrave
of the West Texas A&M women s foot-
ball team was honoured last week as
a member of the 2014 National Soccer
Coaches Association of America
(NSCAA)/Continental Tire NCAA
Division II All-South Central Region
Team. Belgrave was distinguished on
the All-Region Third-Team after earn-
ing Second-Team honours in 2013.
Belgrave was a 2014 First-Team Lone
Star Conference All-Conference selec-
tion and LSC Preseason Defensive
Player of the Year. She picked up LSC
First-Team honours last season as well
and was named 2013 LSC Defensive
Player of the Year. This fall, Belgrave
added three goals to WT s total,
including two game-winners and one
from PK, while playing in and starting
13 total matches.
•Shaun Fuentes is the director of
communications for the TTFA.
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