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Ward: T&T?s priming for championship

T&T?s Women?s under 20 midfielder Renae Ward and her teammates are being pushed to exceed beyond their usual limits as the Concacaf U-20 Women?s Championship opener with Haiti approaches. Both teams will clash at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, on January 18.

Ward has described the current training camp under head coach Jamaal Shabazz as intense but designed in a way to ensure the players do not burn out but are instead ready to peak at the right time with three matches against Canada, Costa Rica and Haiti on the schedule.

?Right now the team is in camp and we are training really hard every day. Everyone is trying to improve individually and as a team. The competition is very stiff to get a place on the final team,? Ward told TTFA Media as the team continued with its training sessions at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, on Wednesday.

A few overseas-based players have been drafted into the training squad by Shabazz and Ward spoke about the impact since their inclusion on the overall preparations.

Ward, who guided Bishop Anstey Port-of-Spain to the 2017 Girls Intercol title, earning ?MVP? honours for her efforts said, ?The foreign players bring competition to the squad because they are here to take our spot.

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We have to improve and automatically have to play better.?

T&T?s U20-s defeated Jamaica in two warm-up matches in Couva in November.

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T&T?s other Group A opponent, Costa Rica, was scheduled to face Jamaica in a friendly at home on Wednesday evening.

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T&T?s U-20s also had two friendlies against the national senior women?s team which Ward said has helped the team figure out some of its shortcomings.”

?The games against Jamaica gave us a benchmark of where we are and where we need to improve.

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And then in the games against our national senior team, their players were a lot faster than us so it gave us a really good test at that stage of the preparations,? Ward said.

The Trincity Nationals player said, ?Getting the team chemistry right is what we are working on.

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I think once we get that then we will be a very good team and a difficult one to beat. I am very proud to represent my country in this tournament.?

Shabazz is expected to announce his final squad for the tournament next week.

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T&T takes on Haiti at 7.30pm on Thursday, January 18, with fellow Group A opponents Costa Rica and Canada meeting from 5pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

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