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Visa and financial issues have cast doubt on the participation of two national youth teams in upcoming CONCACAF competitions in the United States and the Dominican Republic.

In a statement released yesterday, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) said it was “facing the possibility of making the very difficult decision to withdraw from the upcoming Women’s Under-15 Championship in CONCACAF in Tampa, Florida, and the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Boys Under-14 Challenge Series in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The TTFA said challenges in obtaining the necessary travel visas to the United States as well as financial constraints for air travel to the United States and the Dominican Republic had cast doubt on T&T’s participation in the tournaments. .

The statement read, “Tampa, Florida was confirmed as the venue for the Women’s Under-15 Championship on June 6, 2022, and despite our best efforts to communicate with all relevant stakeholders, even prior to this date, we do not failed to secure US travel visa appointments for 20 players and staff, while being aware of the well-documented backlog of US travel visa applications, following the Covid-19 pandemic.

The TTFA said it had also enlisted the help of the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago to secure the necessary funding for air travel to both tournaments. “We have acted in good faith and made preparations for the respective tournaments through our high performance program for the respective age groups over the past few months,” the statement said.

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