20th September, 2010
Even Pellerud, coach of the Trinidad and Tobago U-17 womenâ€™s football team, isÂ anticipating a good future for the squad who featured at the current FIFA Under-17Â Womenâ€™s World Cup.
The 57-year-old Norwegian, commenting on the teamâ€™s Group â€œAâ€™ display against reigningÂ champs North Korea, Nigeria and Chile, noted; â€œIâ€™m sure that you all are very pleasedÂ with the teamâ€™s performance overall, three very good performances.
â€œWe competed very well with all three teams,â€ he said. â€œWe certainly have provedÂ ourselves among the big guns in womenâ€™s football. Most of my players were able to performÂ at their best.
â€œI hope they have created a good foundation for a great future,â€ Pellerud added. â€œTheÂ next version of the Under-17 (World Cup) is in 2012 with a lot of these players involved.
â€œWeâ€™ll need to work a lot with the various kids. Some players have really raised theirÂ level and can cope with pressure.â€
The former Norway and Canada coach said that he was hopeful that the Trinidad and TobagoÂ team would have advanced to the knockout phase, but that did not materialise.
However, he stated: â€œI hope the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation, TFF seriouslyÂ considers the future of this generation. I hope that we are competitive in all ageÂ groups, in both genres. Itâ€™s all about plans, and strategies, and being willing to do theÂ right things.â€
He admitted that the players were obviously disappointed following their 1-0 loss toÂ North Korea in Couva on September 12, which resulted in the squadâ€™s failure to progressÂ past the group stage.
â€œWe had really big hopes but we werenâ€™t good enough to beat North Korea,â€ he revealed.Â â€œThe worst possible start, the goal, killed the momentum of the game very early.