This country’s Women’s Soca Warriors will have at least an extra week of preparations for their Caribbean Football Union Women’s Olympic Qualifiers in Castries, St Lucia after the T&T Football Association was informed by CFU of a postponement due to the passage of a Tropical Storm Erika through the Lesser Antilles.
The T&T women, who came within a win of appearing at a first ever Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada earlier this year, but fell at the last hurdle, 1-0 on aggregate to Ecuador in a continental playoff, were due to depart for St Lucia earlier this week for their four-team qualifying tournament which also involves Antigua & Barbuda and Cayman Islands in Group Two.
However, following Tropical Storm Erika’s passing over the last few days, CFU officials are now awaiting word from the St Lucia Football Association as to when and if it can host the qualifiers, before making their decision.
The last qualifying group must be played before the middle of September so that teams can make the necessary arrangements for the CFU Four-Team Women’s Final Round Tournament which will take place during the first week of October.
So far Groups One, Three and Four of the 2015 CFU preliminary round have been completed with Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Guyana emerging as the top teams ahead of the four-team final round from which three teams will advance to compete in the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Tournament next year.
Yesterday, the national women’s team under the supervision of former national Olympic team midfielder and USA-based women’s coach Anthony Creece continued their preparations at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.
The St James-born Creece, a former Fatima College standout was at the helm of the Chancellor Angels during the inaugural Women’s Professional League and has been overseeing the team’s preparations in the absence of US-born Randy Waldrum, who is due to return shortly for a third stint in charge of the squad.
Former T&T senior men’s goalkeeper Clayton Ince has been named as goalkeeper coach while Claire George is the equipment manager, and Sharon O’Brien as manager while a trainer and physiotherapist will join the team staff soon.