The Trinidad & Tobago girls' under-15 team (pictured) will compete in the first-ever CONCACAF Under-15 Girls' Championship, August 6-17, 2014, in the Cayman Islands.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago -- As the inaugural CONCACAF Under-15 Girls’ Championship approaches rapidly, Trinidad & Tobago head coach Rajesh Latchoo is focused on the task at hand.
Speaking with CONCACAF.com, Latchoo informed that preparations were proceeding smoothly.
With the objective of creating as professional an environment as possible, team staff has received assistance from various bodies, including the Ministry of Sport. Additionally, the T&T Women’s League of Football (WoLF) has contributed mightily, giving the U-15 team a place in the Senior Premier Division.
A total of 23 players -- 19 of whom are domestic based -- have been going through the paces ahead of the CONCACAF event, which will be played in multiple locations throughout the Cayman Islands, August 6-17, 2014.
Of the overseas players, two are based in Canada, one in the United States and the other in Germany.
Latchoo revealed satisfaction with the level of progress he has seen from the locals, noting that the team has a number of objectives in mind.
“We are working on bringing the local-based players to a level close to or above the foreign based,” he said. “This has been achieved because most of the local clubs did good technical work with the players. Competing in the Cayman tournament, our target is to finish in top four and we are also using this tournament as a measuring and evaluation tool for planning the next phase of our preparation for the 2016 Under-17 World Cup qualifiers.”
Equally important in aiding player development have been the efforts of WoLF.
“In the last 10 years there has been an increase in the number of football academies, which has provided an avenue for more girls to start playing at a younger age,” noted Latchoo. “Before the WoLF League and female clubs, women's football development depended heavily on the national team program.”
In Cayman, Trinidad will face Group B opponents Barbados (August 6), Bermuda (August 8) and Honduras (August 10).