The senior Lady Tridents will be looking to release the last of the rust they have collected over the last two years when they face Panama tonight in the opening game of the 2022 Concacaf W Qualifiers.
The women who were drawn along with the likes of Belize and El Salvador will face Panama at the Estadio Rommel Fernández in Panama City on February 17, before knocking boots with Aruba on February 22 in the Dominican Republic.
While the Las Canaleras are pegged as the favorites, the Lady Tridents must not be underestimated. Head coach Mario Harte has recalled many seniors, and the side will feature playmaker Soraya Toppin-Herbert, Shonelle Stephen, and veteran custodian Rhea Holder, while overseas-based Keinelle Johnson and Cheyanna Burnett-Griffith will make a return. Former Under-17 captain Rayna Cummins also received a call-up.
The Lady Tridents have not seen competitive football since October 2019, when they last played in the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifier. However, two weeks ago they emerged victorious against Suriname (1-0) after drawing 1-1 with their opponents at the Ir Franklin Essed Stadion.
Panama is currently ranked 58th in the world and sixth in the Concacaf region, while Barbados is ranked 144th in the world, and 19th in the region.
FULL SQUAD: Kamillah Burke (C); Soraya Toppin-Herbert; Rhea Holder; Ashanee Thompson; Shonelle Stephen; Tamisha Marshall; Marissa King; Makela Alleyne; Rianna Cyrus; Tiffany White; Daphne Watson-James; Adrienne Forde; Moesha Goodman; Tanija Maughn; Britney Branker-White; Keinelle Johnson; Danielle Whitehall; Kerisha Catlyn; Cheyanna Burnett-Griffith; Acacia Small; Rayna Cummins, Tiana Bynoe; Alyssa Yard.