American replaces sacked T&T women’s coach

By \\\\\ Ian Prescott

FORMER LEGENDARY Notre Dame women’s football (soccer) coach, American Randy Waldrum, will have his second stint in Trinidad and Tobago women’s football as replacement for Marlon Charles, the long-standing national women’s coach, who has been sacked following a dispute with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association.  

Charles’ dismissal comes just a month before T&T host the inaugural Women’s Caribbean Cup and with the Soca Princesses probably having its best ever chance to qualify for a Women’s World Cup. 

Charles had his last stint with the senior women last week. Contacted, he confirmed his dismissal, but refused to go into details. “Yes, I have been replaced,” Charles said. “All I will say is that I took a stand on a matter. It a long story and  I do not want to go into detail. But I wish the girls all the best because I know they can make it.” 

On short notice, Waldrum was put in charge of the 2008 Trinidad and Tobago Under-17 women’s football team, when a team containing several North American born players of T&T origin, played credible, but failed to qualify for the inaugural FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup. 

Under Waldrum, the junior Soca Princesses beat El Salvador 5-1 in their Group “A” CONCACAF qualifying, but lost 6-0 to the USA. Waldrum had always indicated an interest to continue working with Trinidad and Tobago. Waldrum has a big reputation in the US.

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