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A national girls team is currently in
training for the Concacaf Under-15
Championship in August.
The TTFA conducted screening ses-
sions over the past few weeks and a
squad of 40 players are in training under
Rajesh Latchoo who is serving as head
coach, with Lyndell Hoyte-Sanchez as
manager. Hoyte-Sanchez was also man-
ager of the T&T Women s Under-20
team that narrowly missed out on World
Cup qualification earlier this year.
Latchoo, is also an instructor for the
TTFA Coach Education Programme.
"It s an interesting challenge for us
to get the girls up and ready for the
upcoming competition," said Latchoo.
"This is a great opportunity for the play-
ers to get exposure at the international
level before they move up into the
Under-17 or Under 20 level for World
Cup qualification. It also gives us at the
national level to start working with play-
ers from an earlier stage prior to these
TTFA technical director Anton
Corneal, meanwhile has been overseeing
the preparations of the senior women s
team for their upcoming World Cup
qualifying campaign. Minister of Sport
Anil Roberts showed up at a training
session on Saturday at the Hasely Craw-
ford Stadium and has pledged his sup-
port towards the team s campaign.
"We ve been continuing the training
sessions and the girls have been ded-
icated to the cause because there is a
strong desire to go all the way," Corneal
"And it s been a boost to have the
Minister of Sport attend our session
and get a feel of what is happening.
This has been a form of encouragement
for the players, Corneal added.
U-15 girls prepare for August
Caribbean Football Union Club
Championship winners, Caledonia AIA
and Defence Force will begin their
quest for places in next season s Con-
cacaf Champions League when they
contest their respect group qualifiers
from Friday until Tuesday.
The pair will head separate routes as
they seek to qualify for the 2014/2015
Caledonia left yesterday for Haiti to
face Sportive de Mirebalais on Friday,
Jamaica s Waterhouse FC (Sunday) and
Suriname s Inter Moengotapoe (Tuesday)
in Group Two while Defence Force leaves
for Jamaica today, for its Group Three
matches against Guyana s Alpha United
(Friday), Suriname s Sporting Vereniging
Notch (Sunday), and home-team Har-
bour View (Tuesday).
Harbour View, Caribbean winners in
2004 and 2007, are the reigning Red
Stripe Premier League champions, and
second in this season s title.
Group One will be contested in Puerto
Rico, with Centro Dominguito of the
Netherlands Antilles, Unite Saint Rosi-
enne of Curacao, Cayman Islands outfit
Bodden Town and home team Bayamon
FC making up that group.
The winner of each group will advance
to the semi-final round---expected to
be contested in April---joining automatic
berth, Valencia FC of Haiti.
Caledonia AIA coach Jamaal Shabazz
is taking things one step at a time
towards qualifying for a third consecutive
time, although being without three key
players---defender Aubrey David, mid-
fielder Akim Armstrong and striker
David, 23, recently signed a one-sea-
son loan move to Finnish Premier League
outfit FF Jaro, while Armstrong and
Gay, on trials in Finland, are hoping to
secure European moves.
"They are three starting players that
could make a big difference," said
Shabaaz, who leads the Morvant/Laven-
tille club into its fourth consecutive
Caribbean Club Championship.
"But this is football. And as players
move on, other players are willing to
step up and take this opportunity to
claim for themselves. They (Gay, Arm-
strong and Gay) have been replaced with
three youngsters in Nical Stephens, Kyle
Bartholomew and Jameel Neptune.
Caledonia, presently occupies seventh
position on the Digicel Pro League
standings with just 21 points from 17
games, 16 points behind leaders W Con-
nection and have little chance of a top
two finish to qualify for next year s CFU
Shabazz s 20-man travelling squad,
included goalkeepers Shemel Louison
and Kevin Graham; defenders Nuru
Abdullah Muhammad, Kareem Joseph,
Akeem Thomas, Marcus Ambrose, Noel
Williams and Raymond Alleyne; mid-
fielders Stephan David, Tyrone Charles,
Ralph Lundy, Densill Theobald, Jameel
Neptune, Nathan Lewis, Keron
Bethelmy, Kyle Bartholomew, Nical
Stephens and Purnell Schultz; and for-
wards Julian Wade and Keyon Edwards.
Defence Force will face a familiar foe
in Alpha United, who defeated the T&T
club 4-3 on penalties in the 2011 third-
place playoff after a 1-1 draw.
And despite recent major set-backs,
due to the murder of former player
Rawle Fletcher in December, a month
self-imposed suspension from all sport-
ing activities in January, and passing of
winger Kevon Carter, who died of a
heart attack on February 28, Defence
Force are ready to soldier-on.
"We will reach our own in Jamaica,"
assured head coach Ross Russell.
Defence Force, with three matches in
hand, currently occupies fifth position
on the Pro League standings with 26
points from 15 matches, and are 11 points
away from table-topping W Connection
which has played two matches more.
"The guys want to work hard," added
Russell. "They want to play and make
"We are equipped to go past the group
stage but we will only know better when
we get there. We don t know what to
expect, although I know a bit about
Alpha United and I think they are beat-
able. I saw Vereniging Notch train while
we were in Suriname and they are a
decent team. Harbour View are no
strangers to me. I think we are equipped
to do the job."
Russell was expected to name his 20-
man squad yesterday.
AIA, Army go after
tries to bring
the ball under
sticks in a
tackle in their
match at the
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