As my tour of duty as Ambassador of Mexico to Trinidad and Tobago is drawing to a close, I wish to express my gratitude to the authorities and people of this great nation.
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Fifa consultant in talks with national women’s football
In an effort to develop the women’s game in T&T, football consultant Andrea Rodebaugh arrives in T&T on Monday to meet with the T&T Football Association (TTFA). She is initially expected to hold talks with TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee and general secretary Sheldon Phillips upon the two-day visit. Rodebaugh will also meet with T&T Women’s League Football (Wolf) stakeholders, as well as members of the TTFA women’s football committee and coaches of local women’s teams.
She was part of the team that conducted a Concacaf coaching workshop for women’s football in Costa Rica earlier this month at the Fifa Under-17 Women’s World Cup. Last Tuesday, Fifa vice president Jeffrey Webb and Fifa development officer Howard McIntosh visited T&T and met with TTFA officials among other stakeholders in local football. McIntosh said the ongoing visits by Fifa consultants relates to the efforts by Fifa to assist the development of football in T&T. “The visit by Ms Rodebaugh, a Fifa women’s football consultant, is another part of Fifa’s efforts to help the TTFA and football in your country,” said McIntosh.
“Again we have realised that the plans for the development of local football as put forward by president Tim Kee and the general secretary, Phillips, shows us that concerted efforts are being made by the TTFA. “We know there are major challenges but we must get the work done and we are about offering assistance in the various areas to see how best we can help with the development of the game here.” T&T will host the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) women’s finals in August. Currently, the T&T senior women’s team is preparing for this tournament in an attempt to qualify for the Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada.
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