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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, October 31, 2013
T&T s Under-17 Soca Warriors will resume
their quest for a second ever FIFA World
Cup Finals appearance when they meet pow-
erhouse USA in the feature match of a Group
B Concacaf U-17 Women s Championship
double-header at Catherine Hall Stadium,
Montego Bay Sports Complex, Jamaica from
6 pm, today.
Two hours earlier, the two other teams in
the pool, Guatemala and Canada do battle at
the same venue ahead of their remaining
matches tomorrow and Sunday to conclude
Despite being the underdogs, the Marlon
Charles-coached Soca Princesses enter the
match against the USA, the 2008 U-17 World
Cup runners-up, high on confidence after
defeating host Haiti, 1-0 in the Caribbean
Football Union Under-17 final in Port-au-
Prince earlier this month.
Speaking ahead of the match Charles said
he is also hoping his players will be provide
a stubborn challenge for the Americans, who
are two time Concacaf champions (2008 &
2012) in this age-group.
"We know it s going to be a difficult assign-
ment and some may say well it s tough that
we have to face the US in our opening game.
But I actually think it s not a bad thing that
we are facing them this early in the compe-
tition," Charles said.
"The girls are eager to get the game started.
It s a big challenge and an occasion by itself
to face the United States and I expect that
once we settle down early enough, we are not
going to make life easy for them.
"Our approach will be based on the fact
that we are here for a tournament in which
two teams will advance to the World Cup.
We will play smart and we will do our very
best to bring our A-game on the day," Charles
"When you look at our group, it also
includes a giant in women s football---Canada
and Guatemala. We will take each game on
its own merit."
Prior to lifting the CFU title, the Soca
Princesses defeated St Kitts/Nevis (7-0),
Antigua & Barbuda (4-1) and US Virgin Islands
(13-0) in their first round qualifiers in St Croix.
They then trounced Grenada (10-0) and
whipped Dominican Republic 5-1 after losing
for the first time to Bermuda 1-0 for second
spot in the group ahead of a 4-1 semifinal
win over Puerto Rico.
The size of the task facing T&T will be a
huge one as the USA, which is making its
fourth appearance in the tournament after
qualifying automatically, has an all-time record
of 14 wins and one draw in its previous 15
matches while scoring 93 goals with two
The Americans have also scored six goals
or more in nine of 15 all-time matches in
competition and have not allowed a goal in
last 918 minutes of competition play.
Last night the tournament kicked off with
Pool A play, involving Mexico and Haiti, and
hosts Jamaica versus El Salvador.
The winners and runners up of the two
groups will advance to the semi-finals from
which the winners will secure the two spots
to the tournament final and more importantly
spots at the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women s World
Cup in Costa Rica.
Already qualified is hosts Costa Rica as well
as Asian trio Japan, Korea DPR and China,
and South America s Colombia, Venezuela
and Paraguay. Three teams will also qualify
from Europe and Africa and one from Ocea-
T&T U-17 women's squad: Rebecca-Ann
Almondoz, Tamara Johnson, Renee Mike,
Natisha John, Amaya Ellis, Abashai Guy,
Dennecia Prince, Summer Arjoon, Zoe Swift,
Jahra Thomas, Eden Charles, Khaline Jacob,
Chelsea Fredrick, Chevonne Johne, Corel
Carmichael, kelsey Henry, Maya Matouk,
Jasandra Joseph, Chelcy Ralph, Nicolette Craig.
Technical staff: Jinelle James (manager),
Marlon Charles (coach), Joanne Curtis (assistant
coach), Steve Frederick (goalkeeping coach),
Sheldon Bridgemen (equipment manager),
Allison Browne (physiotherapist), Kamasha
Robertson (sports psychologist)
U-17 Soca Princesses meet
USA in Concacaf opener
Group A: Jamaica, Mexico, Haiti,
Group B: United States, Canada,
Canada vs Guatemala, 4.30 pm (3.30 pm)
T&T vs United States, 7 pm (6 pm)
El Salvador vs Mexico, 4.30 pm (3.30 pm)
Jamaica vs Haiti, 7 pm (6 pm)
Canada vs T&T, 4.30 pm (3.30 pm)
United States vs Guatemala, 7 pm (6 pm)
Haiti vs El Salvador, 3.30 pm (3.30 pm)
Jamaica vs Mexico, 6 pm (6 pm)
Guatemala vs T&T, 3.30 pm (3.30 pm)
United States vs Canada, 6 pm (6 pm)
SF #1: Winner Group B vs Runner-up
SF #2: Winner Group A vs Runner-up
Third placed match & final
Loser SF #1 vs Loser SF#2, 3 pm (3 pm)
Winner SF #1 vs Winner SF#2, 6 pm (6 pm)
KOLKATA---Darren Sammy said
West Indies have no intention
of allowing Sachin Tendulkar s
farewell from the game to over-
shadow their main mission on
the tour of India.
The Windies captain reaffirmed
the enormous respect Tendulkar
has earned over an international
career spanning more than two
But Sammy said the visitors
ultimate goal in India was to con-
tinue their winning streak and
prove that they had matured since
they faced India two years ago on
"Sachin is an amazing cricketer,
if not one of the best cricketers
to have played the game, and what
he has done over the last 24 years
is a testimony to his character
and person himself," he said at
the official arrival media confer-
ence on Wednesday here.
"But we are happy to be here
and we came to play Test cricket.
Even though it is Sachin s retire-
ment, we have our own goals to
achieve. It will be a lot of excite-
ment and celebration, but at the
end of the day, it s a competition
between West Indies and India."
Sammy said: "I have read a
newspaper article that made me
probably public enemy number
one, after putting (that we wanted
to dismiss him first ball) as the
headline. We all respect Sachin,
but just because it s his last Test,
we are not going to give him a
"If he comes to bat and we get
him out first ball, it s good for us.
We have not come here to give
freebies. We have come to play
two tough Tests because I know
the Indians would not be giving
us any freebies, so why should
Sammy led West Indies when
they visited two years ago and
India prevailed 2-0 in a three-
Test series---but a few established
players were missing.
He said the Windies had a more
experienced side on this trip,
including a few of the players that
had been part of the previous
series, and he was confident of
pushing the home team in the
"The last time we played here,
we had a number of young players
and Shivnarine Chanderpaul was
our only experienced batsman,"
"We had young players like
Kirk Edwards, Kieran Powell and
Darren Bravo who barely had a
handful of Tests between them
---but now we have Marlon
Samuels, Chris Gayle and other
players that have come here and
"We have come here more
mature, having won six consec-
utive Tests, so we have a lot more
experience this time and we are
looking to come out here, be com-
petitive and win matches."
West Indies open the tour
against state side Uttar Pradesh
on Thursday at the Jadavpur Uni-
versity Complex starts at 9 am
daily (TT time 11.30 pm last night).
Gibson said West
Indies will be look-
ing to make the
most of their warm-
up match against
which opens today
The Windies head
coach is anxious for
his side to use the
three-day contest to
get valuable match
practice prior to the first Test against India,
starting next Wednesday at Eden Gardens.
It will be the only warm-up match for the
"A lot of our guys have been playing a lot
of cricket around the World, different formats,
just finishing with the Champions League
Twenty20 last month, so they have been play-
ing, albeit not red-ball cricket," he said.
"We had the opportunity to get some practice
in Florida and we are now looking forward to
the next few days in Kolkata, getting back into
the mode of red-ball cricket and preparing for
the first Test."
Gibson said he felt West Indies would adapt
quickly, since many of them had the experience
of playing in India previously.
"We have a great mix of experienced players
and youngsters," he said. "Quite a few guys
have played here previously and our A-Team
visited only last month, so the guys have been
playing a lot of cricket all around the World.
"But this week is an important week for us
to make sure that we get out there and get
some real quality preparation on a turf pitch
to get back into the mode of red-ball cricket."
On previous trips to India, the Windies bowl-
ing attacks heavily featured fast bowling which
brought enviable success.
But there has been a gradual shift towards
a more balanced attack in recent years and
Gibson said he was more than happy with the
composition of the bowling unit which also
includes spinners Shane Shillingford and
"When you look at the way the pitches
around the world now, they are not as fast as
it used to be," he said. "The pitches in the
Caribbean, do not lend themselves to pace
anymore, so there a lot of quality spinners
now like Shillingford and Sunil Narine, Permaul
and Nikita Miller.
"So you have to look at the conditions you re
facing and then pick the team accordingly.
When we played in India last time, the pitches
sort of favoured the spinners, and so we have
to make sure that we have players that can
perform well in these conditions."
Gibson said: "We still have some quality fast
bowlers---Kemar Roach has been excellent for
us over the last two years, Tino Best has also
been excellent since his return to international
scene, and we also have a young, surprise
package in left-arm fast bowler Sheldon Cot-
"I think we have all bases covered and we
believe that we have players to cover any sit-
uation in which we find ourselves."
Play in the warm-up match starts at 9 am
daily (TT time 11.30 pm last night).
Windies to use
CONCACAF U-17 FINAL
Sammy: Tendulkar celebration won't sidetrack us
West Indies captain Darren Sammy, left, chats with Marlon Samuels
during a training session yesterday at the Jadavpur University
Complex in Kolkata, India. Today, the regional side opens the tour
against state side Uttar Pradesh at the same venue. PHOTO
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