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The game of their lives

That will be the subject of the occasion as Trinidad and Tobago’s Under 20 Women’s football team go into action against Costa Rica at 5pm on Sunday at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex knowing that a victory will take them to the 2014 FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

T&T have never found themselves in such position in the women’s game, participating only in one Women’s World Cup, the Under 17 version hosted in Trinidad and Tobago in 2010. But now they have worked their way into a position where qualification is looming

Head coach Izler Browne, an outstanding senior team player of the past, wants to see the dream realized.

“This is what we’ve trained hard for, this is what we spend all these hours preparing and working towards,” Browne said.

“As a player it was always an ambition but now the opportunity is there for these girls and it would be a most fitting achievement… to get to an Under 20 Women’s World Cup. I really want it for these players and for the overall development of the women’s game in the country,” Browne added.

Team captain Anique Walker and her teammates went down 6-0 to the Unites States in Friday’s semi-final and the result was not entirely a surprise as the Americans are the world powerhouse and are pushing towards defending their title.

“But we know which game is of bigger importance for us and we will go all out to try to bring this one home, said Walker who was a member of the Under 17 team that appeared at the 2010 World Championship.

TTFA President Raymond Tim Kee is simply asking the team to give it their best.

“They have done us proud and they are one victory away from a fanstastic achievement and a bit of history as we have never qualified for a Women’s World Cup. This is their time to achieve. I simply want them to go out there and play their best game. Give your best on the field of play on Sunday,” said Tim Kee. The TTFA is also thankful for the support of Minister of Sports Anil Roberts and his Ministry for their support of the current Under 20 team throughout this campaign.

T&T’s journey so far includes victories over Cuba (3-1), Grenada (9-1), Anguilla (3-0), Dominican Republic (2-1), Honduras (2-0), Cayman Islands (4-0) and losses to Jamaica 1-0 in the Caribbean final last year, as well as 6-0 and 3-0 losses in this final round to Mexico and USA respectively.

Costa Rica lost 3-0 to Mexico in Friday’s other semi-final. USA and Mexico will meet in Sunday’s final. Both games can be viewed live in Fox Soccer.


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