Five of the twelve Caribbean Football Union (CFU) teams competing in of the inaugural CONCACAF 2014 Girls Under-15 Championship have advanced to the quarterfinals, which is presently underway in the Cayman Islands.
The five teams are the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. This inaugural event has so far displayed a mixture of culture and languages with the Caribbean teams interacting with other teams within the region such as Belize, Canada, Costa Rica and Honduras as part of CONCACAF’s vision for Women’s football development in the region.
A delighted President of the CFU, Gordon Derrick congratulated the teams and CONCACAF, “I congratulate the five CFU teams for their exceptional performances so far, even as we look forward to a Caribbean team winning the tournament. Their performances thus far speaks to the quality of the Grassroots Programme being promoted by CONCACAF in Member Associations. I wish for the CFU teams more success as the championship progresses.”
Meanwhile, a delighted Chairperson of the CFU Women’s Committee Sonia Bien-Aime observed, “This CONCACAF U-15 Girls Championship is no doubt one of the Confederation's most important competitions because it gives young girls an opportunity to play competitive football and showcase their skills and talents whilst preparing them for the next big step, the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.”
The remaining CFU teams return to tournament action in the quarterfinals on Wednesday 13 August with Trinidad & Tobago battling Bahamas, Jamaica vs Haiti, and Cayman Islands vs Honduras. With the number of CFU teams in the quarterfinals and the fixtures, it is guaranteed that least half of the teams in the semi-finals will be from the CFU on Friday 15 August.