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The T&T Football Association has
expressed deepest condolences to the fam-
ily of Abiela Adams, who was found mur-
dered on the weekend in Courland, Tobago.
Adams was a member of the National
Under-15 Women's team and a bright pros-
pect for the National Women's programme.
She was first selected to the National Under-
15 team last year and journeyed to the CON-
CACAF Under-15 Women's Championship
at Disney, Orlando, where she represented
the country with pride at that tournament.
TTFA president David John-Williams
expressed condolences to Adams' family,
saying, "We are deeply saddened by the news
of young Abiela's passing. Our deepest
sympathies go out to her family and we pray
that God will grant her family and her close
ones the much needed comfort and peace
during this time.
"The TTFA will make every effort to sup-
port the family in this difficult time. Her
death comes at a time when women's foot-
ball in our country is heading in the right
direction. We are all shocked at losing a
bright prospect like her."
Coach Marlon Charles, who was in charge
of the Under-15 team during the CONCACAF
championship, expressed dismay and shock
on hearing the news of her death.
"When you hear news like this it reflects
on home, because as someone you have
coached, these players become part of you.
You think about it as a father, as a parent,
as a coach, you reflect on how she would
have encountered everything she had to go
through. This is really a traumatic situation
that has hit us really hard in the football
fraternity," Charles explained.
"She had great potential to go on to play
for other national teams and would have
been part of the upcoming screening for the
national under-17 women's team. She jour-
neyed over from Tobago for the Under-15
screening last year and made the final selec-
tion and turned out to be one our better
players and I am certain she would have
been back for the Under-17s. These are
dreams a young lady surely would have had
and it has been taken away."
National Under-15 manager Ricarda Nelson
said the players from that team had been
devastated by the news.
"It's heart-breaking. You still cannot
understand how the mother or family feels
right now. What could a young girl like Abie-
la do to deserve what happened to her? We
really need to deal with what is happening
in our society today," Nelson said.
"All my players right now are in tears,
crying because they were all close. I could
hear the screams while on the phone with
some of the parents this morning. I am a
mother and you have to ask how do you
deal with something like this?" Nelson said.
Abiela Adams (third from right back row) poses with members of her Signal Hill Secondary girls team after they were crowned Tobago
Secondary Schools Football League zonal champions last year.
Football family mourns Abiela's passing
The news that Tobago's latest murder
victim was National Under-15 player Abie-
la Adams has touched the football commu-
Adams, a defender with the Signal Hill
Secondary School team never returned to
her Mary's Hill, Tobago home after leaving
with a friend last Friday evening. News of
the discovery of her body last Saturday at
Courland sent shockwaves throughout the
A release from the ministry stated: "On
behalf of the management and staff of the
Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs and the
Sports Company of T&T, the Honourable
Darryl Smith extends condolences to the
Adams family as well as her teammates and
classmates on their tragic loss.
"Abiela was described as a player with
'great potential' by Under-15 head coach
Marlon Charles, who most recently led team
T&T to the 2016 CONCACAF Girls Under-
15 Championships in Orlando, Florida, USA."
Smith went further in his words of sym-
pathy, saying: "As a father of three daughters,
I cannot imagine the grief Abiela's family
must be going through and I pray for their
healing and in the long term, for justice.
Pour all your sorrow into supporting each
other, as teammates do on the field of play.
"As the minister responsible for sport, I
will continue to advocate for and create
opportunities for the inclusion and full par-
ticipation of young persons, particularly
women and girls in sport, as Abiela was in
both football and cricket."
He added, "T&T, we all need to protect
our women and girls. The current state of
affairs cannot continue. The ministry urges
citizens to pay urgent attention to their safe-
ty at all times, to use the numerous channels
available to alert the police to any criminal
activity you observe and to make every effort
to protect women and girls in situations of
Beach soccer team dedicates win to player
T&T's Beach Soccer Team defeated Bar-
bados 6-2 last Saturday night at the Bar-
bados International Beach Soccer Showcase.
Dominic McDougall and Chad Appoo each
scored a double while Shallun Bobb and
Shane Hospedales grabbed a goal each to
give T&T their second straight win in the
tournament, after opening with a 5-2 vic-
tory over Guyana last Friday.
T&T are currently preparing for the CON-
CACAF Beach Soccer Championship and
World Cup qualifiers in Bahamas later this
month. They will kick off against Antigua/
Barbuda on February 19th at the Malcolm
Beach Soccer Facility.
The Beach Soccer team dedicated their
win to the late Abiela Adams, who was found
murdered in Courland last weekend.
Adams was a National Under-15 player
and had also participated in a National Beach
Soccer coaching clinic with members of the
T&T Beach Soccer team recently.
During Saturday's game, the squad mem-
bers wore tapes on their arms with her name
written on it.
In his post-match interview, head coach
Benny Astorga said he was satisfied with the
results but wanted to see the team off to a
better start in the matches and paying more
attention to ball possession.
"It's another win under our belt, which is
always good for the team morale. As coach
I thought we could have done a lot better,
we were off again to another slow start.
These are things we have to work on, which
is why we are see in this camp and com-
peting in this tournament so that we can
make sure that we have a seamless game
plan and deliver it when it comes to the
qualifiers," Astorga told TTFA Media.
"Those teams in the qualifiers aren't going
to give us that time or break to be able to
catch ourselves. We need to push a little bit
harder and start focusing more on the details
and make sure we stay ahead. Yes our men
are experienced and we do have that come-
back power and ability to win games in the
third period and even in the second period."
He added, "I am happy but at the same
time I will like to see a little more emphasis
on a better start and getting more possession
in the games."
Talent lost DARRYL
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