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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, January 16, 2014
For too long T&T has failed to do
much more than concede goals, per-
haps score a few and attain the odd
point here or there at the Concacaf
women s level.
Aside from the FIFA Under-17
Women s World Cup which was hosted
here in 2010, T&T has never managed
to hold their own against world oppo-
But years of persistence seems to be
paying off and the current crop of T&T
U-20 players---several of them coming
out of the development programme dat-
ing back to 2009---are determined to
become a force in the region and to
raise the level of the local women s
"It s an amazing feat to get into the semifinal round
of a Concacaf tournament. We ve done it with the
boys but the girls have always had a mountainous
task and to achieve that in 2014 is commendable,"
said T&T Football Association (TTFA) technical direc-
tor Anton Corneal, who is with the team in the Cay-
man Islands for the current final round.
T&T will face the United States in semifinal number
two tomorrow but can still book a place in the 2014
FIFA U-20 Women s World Cup in Canada. Even
with a loss as they will have the chance to contest
the third place playoff on Sunday at the Truman
Bodden Sports Complex.
The team s qualifying campaign is supported by
the Ministry of Sports and Sportt, and Minister of
Sports Anil Roberts is eager to see them continue
their fine run which includes victories so far over
Honduras and hosts Cayman Islands.
"We ve worked really hard as a team and we want
this badly," said captain Anique Walker, who has been
among the outstanding players in the competition
so far. "I was part of the U-17 team in 2010 and I
know what it s like to be at that level and I want to
experience it again. There will be no greater feeler
than helping the team qualify for the U-20 World
Cup. We are working towards taking women s football
in T&T to a respectable level, especially in Conca-
Jason gets Scotland interest
Jason Scotland is attracting interest from Scottish
club Hibernian as manager Terry Butcher is believed
to be showing interest in the Barnsley frontman.
The 34-year-old former T&T international has
been told he can leave Oakwell by manager Danny
Wilson after scoring just two goals in 20 outings for
the Championship strugglers this season.
Reports suggest that Butcher is looking for a quality
goalscorer to add to his Hibs line-up and the fact
that Scotland is keen on a return to his namesake
country is a plus for the Edinburgh outfit.
Scotland made his name at St Johnstone after a
spell with Dundee United before moving to Swansea
City in 2007 and then onto Wigan Athletic and
Ipswich Town prior to his 2013 shift to Barnsley.
Scotland enjoyed a fantastic spell with Swansea City,
scoring 45 goals in 90 matches as well as 33 goals
in 66 appearances for Scottish club St Johnstone in
2005/2007. His spell at Barnsley has seen him net
eight goals in 19 appearances.
English club AFC Portchester have beaten a host
of other clubs to sign T&T international Jake Thom-
son. The former national U-20 player, who lined-
up alongside Akeem Adams at the 2009 FIFA U-20
World Cup in Egypt, makes his latest move following
spells at Southampton, Exeter, Torquay, Cheltenham,
Newport County and AFC Bournemouth.
The 24-year-old will be reunited with Louis Bell
The High Commission of Nigeria, Port of Spain hereby
wishes to notify Nigerians resident in Trinidad and Tobago that
an E-passport Re- issuance/Renewal exercise is scheduled for
the 17th - 18th of January, 2014.
2. The exercise for residents in Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda,
and St Kitts and Nevis are scheduled for the 19th, 20th and 21st
January, 2014 respectively.
3. Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to con-
tact the High Commission on 622-4002 for further information.
F. N Nmadu
For: High Commissioner
with an expanding interest in the
caribbean, is seeking bright,
motivated, driven individuals to join
its Trinidad & Tobago operations.
We are seeking individuals who
possess CXC, first degrees, Masters,
in Engineering, Accounting, Finance,
Business, MBA's, ACCA, Project
Management, etc. Also general staff.
Selected candidates will must be
willing to travel overseas for training.
If you would like to be a part of
this dynamic organization, send
your CV including 3 references to
no later than
31st January 2014.
U-20 girls defy the odds
Members of the Soca Princesses Under-20 women's team pose for a team photo
ahead of their 2-0 win over Honduras in their Concacaf Women's Under-20
Championship Group B opener, George Town, Cayman Islands on Friday night. In
photo from back-row left are Daniella Findley, Brianna Ryce, Patrice Campbell,
Jonelle Warrick and Liana Hinds. Front-row kneeling are Shenelle Henry, Tenesha
Palmer (goalkeeper), Khadisha Debesette, Anique Walker (captain), Shanisa
Camejo, Khadidra Debesette.
Shaun Fuentes is the director of
communications for the TTFA.
at the club.
Bell was the coach of the
Portsmouth Schools side---
which included Thomson---
which lifted the English Schools
Trophy ten years ago.
He s confident the winger will
quickly find his feet at Wessex
League level and create the type
of chances that strikers Jamie
Musselwhite and Nathan Lynch
"It s up to Jake to show he
still has what it takes to make
football a career," said Bell.
"I always thought he would
go on to play professional foot-
ball after playing for Portsmouth Schools. He did
just that, although only briefly for several clubs up
to now. He comes to us from Salisbury with everything
to prove. I know first hand what he is capable of and
that s what we want from him. He knows we won t
settle for anything less.
"And if he turns it on, I honestly don t think he
will be here too long. The word will go out around
the non-league circle and more senior clubs than us
will be in to take him away. If that happens, so be
it, we ll wish him well and not stand in his way," he
Manager Graham Rix, formerly of Arsenal and
local side Central FC, said, "Jake comes in with a
decent enough pedigree and has set his own high
standards that we will expect him to better once he
settles in here."
Glen topscorer for Indian club
Cornell Glen will be a key factor in the Shillong
Lajong team as they contest the Indian Federation
Cup this month. The 35th edition of the tournament
kicked off in Kochi and Manjeri on Tuesday.
Mohun Bagan are the most successful club in the
Federation Cup, having won it 13 times; and will be
joined in Group C by Shillong Lajong, Mumbai FC
and Salgaocar. It is expected to be a tight group with
each of the four teams capable of beating the other.
Lajong are fourth on the league table with Glen
being their top performer so far this season with
eight goals in eleven matches.
"Things are good at the moment. I ve been in
form, getting the goals for my club and we re improv-
ing as the season goes along," Glen said.
"It s been a new experience for me but I m enjoying
it. It s different here to the US or Europe
but there is a market for the game and
they are trying to build it. I m happy
to be involved and I ll continue to play
my part in helping the club."
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