Barbadian female footballers are ready for the first ever Under-15 Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Associations Football (CONCACAF) competition scheduled to take place in the Cayman Islands from August 6.
Coach Thomas Jordan told Barbados TODAY preparations have been going well and he expected the girls to put on a good show in group B which included Trinidad and Tobago, Honduras and the Bahamas.
“Preparation has been going well and we have had perfect attendance. They have actually improved on their techniques and their running ability, they have also improved on their awareness of the game and I am sure they would give a good account of themselves,” Jordan said.
The youthful team started training from the beginning of May and even though the coach does not think the time given was sufficient he is hopeful that the girls would apply what they have learned.
“We train at least three days a week and it is not enough time but it was the time allocated to us and we had problems getting venues to train. The other thing is that most of these girls are beginners so it certainly wasn’t enough but we have utilized the time well. We taught them what we thought they needed to know most of all which is the tactical awareness of the game and we also tried to improve their physical fitness at the same time,” Jordan said.
He added that not many of the girls were up to par in terms of fitness but they tried to incorporate some beach training in the programme to help most of players.
Barbados will take on two established football nations in Trinidad and Tobago and Honduras. But Jordan was confident that his young team had what it took to get the job done and come out on top in the group.
“I expect the biggest challenge to come from those two teams but I am not going to say that we cannot beat them because it is not impossible. But we are looking forward to the challenge. When we get there we will delve into each team and work out a plan for them,” Jordan said.
The Barbados team would be captained by 13-year-old Shai Carrington who will have support from the likes of her twin sister Shaunte Carrington in the midfield and forward Felicia Jarvis. Jarvis has a bit of experience under her belt and should be an asset to her team. The former Luther Thorne student is well known for her outstanding performances in the BICO Primary Schools Football Competition.
The team leave on August 3 and play their first game against the twin island republic on August 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex, then again on August 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the same venue against Honduras. Their third and final match will be at the Ed Bush Sports Complex. Should the local girls advance to the next round they would remain in the Cayman Islands until August 17 to play their next game.
The full squad is: goalkeeper and captain Shai Carrington, substitute goalkeeper Breanna Atherley; defenders Keira Alleyne, Tiffani Bellamy, Shontelle Applewaithe, Taushana Burgess, Aaliyah Boyce, Nashandi Clarke and Omeisha Young; midfielders Rianna Cyrus, Shirrila Edward, Shaunte Carrington, Fabianna Walthrust and Ariel Grant; forwards Felicia Jarvis, Caithlin Padmore, Cheyanna Burnett-Griffith and Shaunte Padmore. Manager is Jaqueline Agard, assistant manager Marsha Farrell, coach Thomas Jordan and assistant coach Richard Forde.