The Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, has sent a congratulatory message to the victorious Trinidad and Tobago team on their historic 2-1 victory against Chile in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup finals at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on Sunday.
Mrs. Persad-Bissessar, who met with both teams before the game, said the victory by the Soca Princesses was as the result of hard work and commitment from both team members and the technical staff. The Hon. Prime Minister said the young players created history by being the first national team from Trinidad and Tobago to win a match in a World Cup finals tournament.
Trinidad and Tobago had been winless in previous FIFA World Cup tournaments – U-17 men in 2001 and 2007 in Korea; U-20 Men in 1989 in Portugal and 2009 in Egypt; and 2006 with the Soca Warriors at the senior finals in Germany.
According to the Hon. Prime Minister, “Today is a significant day for football in Trinidad and Tobago. The victory over Chile shows that we can match and play the same, or even a higher standard of football than many of the more established teams in the world. The victory also gives the general public something to be proud of. With all the negative things in the society today, the victory brings hope to this small island state.”