Turkish Super Liga 2022 top scorer KENNYA “Yaya” CORDNER and Canadian-born defensive star Arin King have both been included in Trinidad and Tobago’s 40-man provisional squad for the championship CONCACAF W 2022, scheduled for July 4-18, in the United States.
Both Cordner and King were key members of the T&T women’s team that missed out on a place at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup by losing an intercontinental qualifier 1-0 on aggregate to Ecuador in 2014.
Women’s head coach Kenwyne Jones opted for a combination of local and overseas college players. He’s included most of the players he’s worked with since being named women’s national coach last November, after a spell as caretaker coach.
King, 31, has 30 senior national caps for T&T but hasn’t played much in recent years. Meanwhile, Cordner hasn’t played for the national team this year. By recalling Cordner, Jones gave himself the option of including him on his final team.
The final rosters of 23 players for all participating teams will be confirmed prior to the start of the tournament and changes will only be permitted in the event of force majeure or injury up to 24 hours before each team’s first match.
Cordner, 33, born in Tobago, topped all Turkish League scorers with 34 goals in 25 appearances before his club’s season ended last Sunday when Fenebache were knocked out in the semi-finals of the qualifiers to decide the champions 2022.
Over the years, Cordner has had issues with some national team coaches and was denied selection in Trinidad and Tobago’s final group game of the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship under Shawn Cooper. Cordner played four international friendlies under Jones last year but hasn’t played since good friend and former captain Maylee Attin-Johnson was dropped.
Jones’ explanation went on to suggest that the player chose to decline her services. “Nothing was done to Miss Cordner,” Jones said. “We wish her well and hope she will be successful in the future, but we have to keep going.”
The group stage of the tournament will begin on July 4 and run until July 11. At the end of the round robin, the top two teams from each group will advance to the semi-finals and in doing so, qualify directly for the 2023 Women’s World Cup (four teams). Meanwhile, the third-placed teams from each group will qualify for the 2023 Intercontinental Playoffs (two teams).
The July 14 semi-finals and July 18 final and third-place matches will be played in a single-elimination format, with the champion qualifying for the 2024 Paris Olympics and the inaugural CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup. , which will be held in 2024.
The runners-up and third-place teams will also face off in a CONCACAF Olympic play-in series, scheduled for September 2023. The winner of this play-in series will also qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics and the Women’s Gold Cup. CONCACAF 2024. .
PROVISIONAL TEAM: Kimika Forbes, Karyn Forbes, Chelsi Jadoo, Shani Nakhid, Rhea Belgrave. Shaunalee Govia, Cecily Stoute, Liana Hinds, Victoria Swift, Amaya Ellis, Asha James, Raenah Campbell, Lauryn Hutchinson, Chelcy Ralph, Brianna Austin, Kedie Johnson, Cayla McFarlane, Maya Matouk, Maria-Frances Serrant, Sarah De Gannes, Tenesha Palmer , Klil Keshwar, Abigail Moos, Chrissy Mitchell, Dennecia Prince, Jada Knote, Jolie St Louis, Kaydeen Jack, Kayla Waldron, Arin King, Akyla Walcott, Abisha Guy, Aaliyah Trim, Kennya Cordner, Makida Herbert, Meyah Romeo, Zoe Swift, Tori Paul, Malaika Dedie, Naomie Guerra.