Trinidad & Tobago missed a golden opportunity of qualifying for this year’s World Cup Under-20 women’s soccer tournament in Canada.
The twin-island republic side failed to capitalize on a 2-0 half-time lead against Costa Rica in the third-place play-off game in the regional qualifier in the Cayman Islands last Sunday. Costa Rica tied the score at three with four minutes left in regulation time and then netted four goals in the extra period to win 7-3 and book a ticket to the global tournament.
Costa Rica joins hosts Canada, the United States and Mexico as the Confederation of North, Central American & Caribbean representatives at the seventh International Soccer Federation (FIFA) Women’s Under-20 World Cup. The Americans brushed aside the Mexicans 4-0 in the championship game.
total of 11 teams have qualified for the 16-team World Cup to be played from August 5 to 24 in Toronto, Edmonton, Moncton and Montreal.
The other qualifiers so far are China, Korea DPR, Korea Republic, England, Finland, France and Germany.
Canada is the first country to host the tournament twice after staging the inaugural competition in 2002.
Meanwhile, Somalia and Djibouti have opted out of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying tournament.
As hosts, Morocco automatically qualifies for the event that takes place from January 15 to February 15 next year. A total of 51 teams will take part in the competition.
The Confederation of African Soccer will meet on January 23 in Cape Town, South Africa to decide the format for the qualifiers. The draw will be held at the same time with the African Champions League and the African Confederation Cup group phase in April in Morocco.
And, Ivory Coast will be based in Sao Paulo during this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Coach Sabri Lamouchi said they are likely to start the build-up in Portugal and will play two friendlies before travelling to Brazil.
“We need to go to Brazil with a lot of humility and to come back with our heads held high,” he said.
Ivory Coast is in the same group with Japan, Greece and Colombia.