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King holds the fort
For many Arin King was the most outstanding defender at the just concluded Women’s Caribbean Cup and the rock in the T&T defence. King, who made her debut for this country’s national senior team is finally able to enjoy some success at the international level. Now she has her sights set on qualifying for a World Cup.
“It’s an amazing feeling to make it all the way to the final and to now be champions of the Caribbean. As a team we’ve worked really hard for this and we’ll continue to go after our dream which is making it to the World Cup,” King said.
King, who also played for the T&T Under 17 and Under 20 team in 2008, qualifies to play for this country through her mother who was born here.
“My mom was born in Trinidad but moved to Canada when she was young, so I am able to play for the T&T because of her. Football wasn’t the first thing that brought me to Trinidad. I’ve been coming here to enjoy the island and Carnival since I was one-year-old, the addition of playing football has just made coming here that much better,” King said.
The 23-year-old, who was born in Scarborough, Canada, was also part of the Canada’s National U-17 team training camp in 2007 in Ottawa and won a bronze medal with Ontario at the 2007 BMO Financial Group U16 Girls National All-Star Championship. She attended the University of Toronto and also had a stint with Switzerland’s Division One club FC Nuenkirch.
Attin-Johnson: Independence gift
T&T Senior Women’s Team captain Maylee Attin-Johnson says her team’s 1-0 victory over Jamaica in the final of the 2014 Caribbean Cup was an Independence gift to the nation.
Speaking after Tuesday’s win at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Attin-Johnson, appealed for whatever assistance corporate T&T could offer the team as they look ahead to the Concacaf final round in the United States in October.
“Whatever it could be. it could be in the form of energy drinks for our recovery. I think people have seen that we are striving towards something and we have achieved some success,” she said.
“I told the girls tonight that when our legs give up, play with our heart and that’s what we did to pull off the win over Jamaica.”
Tasha St Louis, the tournament’s topscorer with seven goals, was delighted with the team’s success and her goal scoring form.
“We’ve waited a very long time. As coach said, some of us have given ten or twelve years of our lives to football and it feels good to win the title. But the job is far from over because going to a World Cup is what we want to accomplish,” St Louis said.
“We’ll break for a little and then get back on the training pitch before the tournament in October. That’s the one we have our eyes on,” she added.
Yorke promotes Tobago to UK market
Former T&T captain Dwight Yorke visited Kingston in England earlier this month to promote tourism in his native Tobago.
The former Aston Villa, Blackburn and Sunderland striker once dubbed the “Smiling Assassin” was in Market Place on Saturday, in his role as brand ambassador for the Caribbean island.
A video is now on display at kingstonguardian.co.uk.
Yorke impressed watching children with his skills, while crowds were kept entertained by a steel band and limbo dancers. Others relaxed in a giant hammock set up especially for the event.
Actor Rudolph Walker, who plays Patrick Trueman in Eastenders, also visited Market Square to promote the island.
“I’m here today to Kingston enjoying what Tobago is all about. Tobago is my home country, the food the culture, everything about the country is very relaxed and it’s just a beautiful place to come and visit.
Sheona Walkers, Tobago’s UK promotional analyst, said: ‘We’re delighted to bring a slice of Tobago to Kingston.
“We’re creating an experience to allow people to live the culture Tobago style, celebrating the treasures that set the island apart from others.”
Solskjaer defends Jones decision
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended his decision to change a winning side and not start with his topscorer Kenwyne Jones at Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend.
The loss was Cardiff’s first Championship defeat of the season after back-to-back wins over Huddersfield and Wigan.
Jones, who has scored three goals this season, started on the bench at Wolves and came on for the second half.
“I made a decision together with Kenwyne. He’s played loads of football compared to what he did in the pre-season in a short space of time,” Solskjaer said.
“Kenwyne’s done fantastic for and did well, but 45 minutes was all we planned for. He came on and did well second half.
Substitute Jones almost went close Cardiff late on, but his point-blank shot was saved by Carl Ikeme before Mark Hudson’s stoppage time own goal gave Wolves all three points.