For the first time in the country’s history, the Women’s national team will play in the second round of the 2011 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers. Having successfully progressed from the first round qualifiers, the senior women’s under 20 has been preparing since the beginning of the year.
The second round of 2011 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers is scheduled for Trinidad, where the team will play three tough matches between May 10 to 14. St. Lucia will play against host team Trinidad, and another regional powerhouse Barbados, alongside Guyana. The top teams from each group will move onto the CFU final, which will be held later this summer at a yet to be determined location. The top two teams will then advance to the Gold Cup Finals in Mexico with the CONCACAF giants US, Mexico, Canada, and two Central American teams still to be determined. The top two teams from this group of eight teams will qualify for the World Cup Finals in June 2011 in Germany.
The third place team, will face a playoff with the fifth place team from the European Qualifiers for the sixteenth and final spot at the prestigious competition. Heading the delegation will be new SLFA Technical Director- Ces Podd, alongside Head Coach: Trevor Anderson. “This will be my first trip with a St. Lucian team overseas and I will be interested to see how they cope with conditions in a tough group,” said Ces Podd, Technical Director. “Trevor and the folks have done a tremendous job getting them this far. The competition is going to be tough but we have a chance of doing Saint Lucia proud and giving a good performance by putting in place everything they have been asked to do.”
SAINT LUCIA NATIONAL WOMENS TEAM: Fayella Joseph, Samita Gabriel, Vincentia Reid, Shirmain Hyacinth, Alisha Emmanuel Jovette Wilson, Ellaisia Marquis, Vanessa Jean, Kwanza Robest, Verdan Frederick Megesh Savery, Elizabeth Joseph, Jamilla Henry, Zanique Celestin, Chantel John Cindy St. Ange, Joanne Alphonse.
The SLFA would like to give special thanks to sponsors Blue Waters for supplying much needed water throughout the training sessions. The team is scheduled to travel to Trinidad on Saturday May 8th and will be at the SLFA office from 3:00pm prior to their departure. Members of the media are welcome .
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Training sessions with an enlarged group of prospective players are taking place each week in Micoud under the guidance of 35-year-old coach Alain Providence in preparation for the tournament that will see the senior men’s national team travelling to Barbados between October 6 to 10. St. Lucia will face first up St. Vincent and the Grenadines, followed by a match against Barbados and closing out with a finale versus British Virgin Islands.
The qualification competition will culminate in a play-off in Martinique during late November to decide the tournament winner.