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Former national Under-17
women s player Maya Matouk will
be embarking on a new phase in
her career this year after being
accepted to the University of
Matouk officially signed on with
the University having impressed
during her tenure at the IMG Acad-
emy in Florida. She is among eight
student-athletes signed by Tampa
a few days ago for the Class of 2015.
Matouk, who played for St Ann s
Rangers in the local Women s
League, said she was thrilled over
her Tampa ticket.
"University of Tampa was one
of my top choices to study business
because they offer a great pro-
gramme. While visiting for a week-
end to try out for the team I was
impressed by the welcome I
received from the Coach and the
players. I felt extremely comfortable
and knew that the Coach would
encourage me to improve my game
tremendously," she said.
The former St Joseph s Convent
student and ex-member of the La
Foucade Coaching school said that
she has ambitions of representing
T&T again but also has her sights
on furthering his academic qual-
"My major is business and
finance. I always loved studying
business in High School and I m
looking forward to learning more
in this field. Football is my passion
and I would love to play to the high-
est level of my ability....I will be
proud to put on my T&T jersey and
represent my country. The feelings
and emotions that I felt when I
walked on the field at the Concacaf
Matouk signs up with University of Tampa
tournament will live with
me forever. My love for my
country and my love for the
game will make it a pleasure
to represent T&T."
Matouk said playing for
T&T at the U-17 level where
they captured the Caribbean
title in Haiti in 2013, pre-
pared her for her move to
IMG which holds one of the
United States top develop-
ment programmes. She also
credited her parents Michael
and Paula for spurring her
on both on and off the foot-
"Playing for the U-17 team was a privilege and I
am thankful I had the experience to travel with them.
Playing against teams like USA and Canada opened
my eyes to the level of football out there, so I knew
what I was going into when I entered IMG Academy.
"There were quite a few changes as I was not accus-
tomed to lifting weights as often and my daily training
sessions were tougher and longer. We travel to play
friendly games on most weekends as well as competitive
games. I am thankful I was able to get this opportunity
before heading to University," she said.
David signs with Kazakhstan premier club
National senior men s defender Aubrey David agreed
to a contract with Kazakhstan Premier League club
FC Shakhter Karagandy.
David went on trial with Shakhter in Turkey during
their preseason tour at which time he played four
matches for the club over the past couple weeks.
"I m really pleased about this because I had every
intention to return to Europe after the Caribbean Cup
last year and after my deal with Jaro ended in Finland,"
David said. "I got this opportunity to come on trials
with Shakhter while they were in preseason in Turkey
and I gave it my best shot. I think the coaches liked
what they saw of me during the four games and then
they offered me the contract. It s a good step for me
because I think playing out in Europe on a regular
basis will help me continue to develop my game. My
time in Finland definitely helped me last year."
He remains committed to the national senior team
for the upcoming calendar which includes the Concacaf
Gold Cup in July and the Russia 2018 World Cup qual-
ifying campaign which begins for T&T in November.
"I m always looking forward to that call from the
"So once I m match ready and free if injury, I ll be
hoping to be part of the team this year for the Gold
Cup and the World Cup qualifiers," said David, who
follows national teammates Radanfah Abu Bakr and
Robert Primus as those who ve played in Kazakhstan.
Jones gets praise from Blake
Former Welsh international Nathan Blake was all
praise for Kenwyne Jones following his goalscoring
performance for Cardiff City in their 1-1 draw with
Sheffield Wednesday on the weekend.
Jones s goal was his seventh in ten matches for
Cardiff in the English Championship Division. He now
has 13 goals this season.
"He s scored seven in his last 10 appearances and
that s an outstanding record for a team in the lower
half of the table," Blake stated on Wales Online. Blake
is also a former Cardiff, Bolton Wanderers, Leicester
City and Leeds United player.
"I ve heard all the talk about how Kenwyne needs
to be more of a 90-minute player, to be charging
around the pitch all the time challenging here, there
"But that s not what Cardiff City need him to be
doing. Kenwyne s game is all about winning physical
challenges, scoring goals and being a nightmare for
opposing defenders in the air."
Shaun Fuentes is the director of communications for
the TTFA --- firstname.lastname@example.org
Ex-T&T Under-17 player
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