Overseas-based players Kennya ‘Yaya’ Cordner and Victoria Swift were named in the 23 woman-squad selected by interim head coach Kenwyne Jones for the two upcoming international friendly matches against Panama on Thursday and next Monday.
The both matches will be played at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva from 3:30pm behind closed doors because of the COVID-19 restrictions.
Speaking to TTFA media, an excited Swift said, “It’s always a privilege and honour to represent Trinidad and Tobago and wear the red, white and black with pride. I’m also very excited to take the field and play with my teammates because it’s been a while since we came together as a team.”
The Mexican-based utility player added, “I think it’s an excellent chance for us to regroup before the qualifiers and these two matches are so critical especially because we haven’t had a chance to play in almost two years because of the pandemic.”
Swift was instrumental for her country in the 2010 FIFA U17 World Cup that was held in T&T. She continued, “This journey we are embarking on together as a team is definitely going to be one to remember and I’m looking forward to being a part of it all. My hopes are as a team that we could help rejuvenate our football and bring back the pride again. I am looking forward to this opportunity to be a part of something great.”
Former Soca Warriors captain and the last Trinidad & Tobago player to ply their trade in the English Premier League, Jones will make his head coach debut on Thursday. He was selected on Monday after Constantine Konstin was relieved of his duties less than a week after agreeing to be the coach.
This decision came days after the TTFA shockingly announced national futsal coach Konstin as the replacement for former coach James Thomas who left after five months. Therefore, this is T&T`s third coach within six months and Jones only received an offer until the end of November.
T&T Women Squad
Kimika Forbes (Unattached), Tenesha Palmer (Unattached), Malaika Dedier (St Augustine FC), Collette Morgan (UTT), Rhea Belgrave (Police FC), Naomie Guerra (Unattached), Liana Hinds IBV-Iceland), Anya Decourcy (Roa- Norway), Karyn Forbes (Unattached), Maylee Attin-Johnson (Atlanta Panthers), Lauryn Hutchinson (Unattached), Maya Matouk (Police FC), Aaliyah Prince (St Augustine FC), Dennecia Prince (Unattched), Laurelle Theodore (St Augustine FC), Victoria Swift (Club Leon – Mexico), Raenah Campbell (Avantes Chalkida WFC), Kennya Cordner (Il Sandviken- Norway), Chelcy Ralph (Unattached), Adrianna Arjoon (Unattached), Janelle Mcgee (Sacramento FC), Jonelle Cato (Trincity Nationals), Meyah Romeo (Unattached).