• Welsh coach making a superb impression on players as CONCACAF bid begins
  • Influential skipper Forbes credits him with raising the mentality of the group
  • November qualifiers beckon with victory in the first game against Nicaragua now the big target

RAISING THE BAR...Jason Thomas has made a big impression on the T & T

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO Women's international skipper Karyn Forbes says Head Coach James Thomas has transformed the mentality of the team since his arrival on the twin islands.

Earlier this year we interviewed Sport Careers Agency client James on his dream job with the T & T squad after he emerged from a daunting candidate pool to clinch the role.

Now influential midfielder Forbes has hailed the Welsh coach's impact as her side get set for a training camp to gear up for the first batch of qualifiers for the CONCACAF World Championship in November.

The experienced Forbes said: ”Our Head Coach James Thomas has really risen the level and the mentality.

”We are focused on the first game and what we have to do. We have to score goals and do what we have to do in order to win the game but we are not underestimating anyone.

”Right now, our country needs that victory for our women's game in Trinidad and Tobago.

"This team is like a pilot team to try to push the level of our football, so we are going to be training hard and we are ready to play the first game against Nicaragua.”

NOW I'M A BELIEVER...Karyn Forbes reckons Thomas can help Trinidad and Tobago qualify for the CONCACAF World

The Soca Warriors have been drawn into Group F where they will face Guyana, Nicaragua, Dominica and Turks and Caicos Islands.
Now the countdown begins to Thomas' first batch of qualifiers with another set of games in April 2022 to determine whether the Welshman can lead his new nation onto the big stage.

Forbes reasoned: ”We have to approach each game as if we are playing the No1 team.

”Our preparation will determine how we compete against each team that we play in this group. We cannot underestimate anyone, because in the Caribbean all of these teams are improving, so we ought to approach every game as if we are in the Final.

”It would be fantastic to qualify because our governing body would then have the leverage to develop women's football even more and push more money into it.”

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