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Parents rally behind U-17 women’s team
Alex Alamandoz, father of national women’s Under-17 team goalkeeper Rebecca Alamandoz, believes that the local women’s programme can provide an excellent avenue for young females to improve their wellness and education status.
Alex was among the several parents who turned up at the Piarco International Airport on Tuesday to welcome the team members on their return from Haiti where they captured the Caribbean U-17 championships and qualified for the Concacaf Final round towards the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
“Football for girls and women is an excellent way for them to maintain a healthy lifestyle and make us of opportunities through the game for further education,” Alamandoz said.
He acknowledged the support of Sports Minister Anil Roberts and the Sports Ministry to the T&T team but feels that more can be done.
“We are thankful for every bit of support but of course there is always room for more to be done. We would like to see these girls comfortable and provided with a fair chance when they have to compete against the rest of the Concacaf region,” he said.
“They’ve sacrificed a lot and their hearts are in it and we the group of parents are behind them one hundred percent.”
The TTFA has received ongoing support from Roberts and his Ministry and the Sportt Company which covered the expenses for the U-17 team dating back to their opening qualifier in St Croix two months ago. Sportt also provided a sports psychologist Kamasha Robertson to accompany the team in Haiti and the players also underwent supervised classroom sessions relating to their school assignments.
Their next football assignment is in Jamaica from October 30 where they will compete with seven other teams including Mexico, United States and Canada among others for two spots at the U-17 World Cup in Costa Rica.
U-17 MVP says loss to Bermuda pushed T&T
National U-17 women’s team player Shenelle Arjoon, who was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the just concluded Caribbean U-17 Women’s Championship in Haiti, says that the team got stronger after their 1-0 loss to Bermuda last month.
T&T kicked off the final CFU round in fine style with a 10-0 hammering of Grenada but they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Bermuda.
“The game taught us some lessons and we decided that there was no way anyone else was going to beat us in the tournament,” Arjoon said on Tuesday on her return home with the rest of the team which is led by head coach Marlon Charles.
“We believed in our ability and we stuck together as a team. We were doing a lot of talking in the hotel and we were prepared to go the distance. Now we will try to improve our game and become even better for the next stage in Jamaica,” Arjoon added.
Yorke to be part of World Cup trophy tour in Caribbean
Dwight Yorke will be part of the contingent on the FIFA World Cup Trophy tour Caribbean leg which gets going in Haiti on Saturday. And yes, the trophy will make a stop in T&T on October 31 with additional details to be provided soon.
After a successful launch at the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with a bird's-eye view of the iconic Estadio do Maracana, the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola jetted off to start its international tour by visiting Tahiti, Fiji and Vanuatu.
“Having won almost every trophy there is in my career, this is still the one that got away,” joked Yorke. “It's just as surreal for me to have the opportunity to be so close to the trophy as I'm sure it will be for all the people that get the chance to see it on this worldwide tour. It really is the ultimate prize for any football fan or player.
“It's a great opportunity and a joy to have it brought over to a part of the world that doesn't often get these opportunities. I can't wait to join the tour,” added the T&T 2006 World Cup team captain who will accompany the trophy in Haiti, Grenada on the 28th, Suriname on the 29th, Guyana on the 30th and T&T on October 31st.
Primus back home after suffering meniscus injury
With just five matches left in the season and his club FC Aktobe three points ahead of its second placed rivals in the Kazakhstan Premier League, defender Robert Primus has been sidelined with an injury to his right meniscus.
The player, who enjoyed two solid performances for the T&T Senior team in Saudi Arabia last month, was on the receiving end of a tackle from an opposing player two weeks ago and was forced to withdraw from playing. He is currently back in Trinidad and is scheduled to journey to the United States to undergo surgery and is likely to be out for up for up to six weeks.
“It was unfortunate because we’re three points ahead of the second placed team and we have five games to go in the season. I was hoping to finish this season without an injury and see us win the title,” Primus said.
“I had this same injury on the left side before and it kept me out for a year. That was tough to go through but the doctors say that once I operate again, my recovery should go for just over a month. I’m really hoping that it doesn’t keep me away from the game for too long,” Primus said.
A meniscus is a type of cartilage that exists in one’s knee joint. There are two menisci in the knee; each rests between the thigh bone (femur) and shin bone (tibia). The meniscus is made of tough cartilage and conforms to the surfaces of the bones upon which they rest.
Shaun Fuentes is the director of communications for the T&T Football Association – [email protected]
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