The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association wishes to advise that Anton Corneal will serve in the capacity of caretaker coach of the National Senior Women’s Team for its upcoming campaign in the CONCACAF Caribbean Final Round of World Cup qualification in Kingston. Jamaica from August 25th-September 2nd.
This comes following the resignation of Jamaal Shabazz as head coach of the Women’s Senior Team earlier this month.
Shawn Cooper will serve as Assistant Coach to Corneal. Cooper is a former National Under 17 Men’s team head coach.
In a brief statement, Corneal said, “The team has to be managed carefully as there are many players with niggling injuries. The aim at this point will be to advance from this round into the CONCACAF final phase which will then give us a few weeks to prepare for that final leg in the United States.
“The group of players is very eager to enter the upcoming round of matches and we will continue our preparations in the best possible manner with a good spirit heading into the opening match against Cuba,” the TTFA Technical Director told TTFA Media.
The five-nation Final Group competition kicks off on August 25th with T&T facing Cuba in the opening match at the National Stadium in Kingston. The other three nations competing are hosts Jamaica, Haiti and Antigua/Barbuda. The top three teams will advance to the CONCACAF Final round in the United States in October. Hosts USA, Canada and Mexico are already through to the Final stage and will be joined by the Caribbean’s top three as well as two countries from Central America.
The competition format for the CONCACAF Final phase will see the eight participating teams sorted into two groups of four for the Group Stage. After round-robin play, the two group winners, plus the two second-place finishers will advance to the semifinals. The semifinal winners will automatically qualify to the championship final and the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The semifinal losers will dispute the tournament’s third place match for the last direct available ticket to the World Cup.The fourth place finisher will dispute a home-and-away intercontinental playoff, with the third-place finisher of CONMEBOL’s 2018 Women’s Copa America. The winner of the playoff will qualify to the World Cup.
T&T’s Schedule in Jamaica
T&T vs Cuba, August 25th, National Stadium
T&T vs Antigua/Barbuda, August 29th, National Stadium
T&T vs Jamaica, August 31st, National Stadium
T&T vs Bermuda, September 2nd, National Stadium