Members of the team in training

The Dominica National Women’s Football Team left the island on Monday for St. Kitts to take part in the 2018 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Challenge Series.

In the lineup are five foreign-based players who will be part of the team which kicks off its first game against host country St. Kitts on April 18, 2018.

Among the five foreign-based players are Dominica Football Association Female Footballer of the Year Romelcia Phillip who is a freshman at Louisiana State University, Alexandria. The others are Britney Stoute, Kylee Bertrand, Kira Bertrand and Sari Finn.

They will be joined by 15 locally-based players in the squad of 20 which will be under the guidance of head coach Rajesh Joseph Latchoo.

Dominica’s team will be led by experienced defender Roselia Registe and includes seasoned campaigners Christina Sobers and Keanna Francis.

The team also has a youthful blend with the 16-year-old US based player Sari Finn and 17-year-old Naisha Joseph as the youngest persons in the lineup.

The girls from the Nature Island will face host country St. Kitts from 7:30 pm on April 18 in the second match of a doubleheader.

Two days later, they will face St. Lucia with their third and final game against St. Vincent on April 22, 2018, at the Warner Park Sports Complex.

The full team reads: Kimberly Elie, Christina Sobers and Keanna Francis (goalkeepers) Kylee Bertrand, Rosilia Registe (Captain) Naisha Joseph, Kim Phillip, Keandra Francis and Donnisha Xavier (Defenders) Ezra Elwin, Romelcia Phillip, Kira Bertrand, Cassandra Augustine Henrica Samuel and Britney Stoute (Midfilders), Sari Finn, Chazelle Phillip, Michlyn Morgan and Kasika Samuel (Strikers)

Speaking before the team departed Coach Latchoo is confident that the team will give a good account of itself.

“The players are not where I would have liked them to be…but I believe that they have done well during the training sessions that we have had. If they stick to the game plan, the team can be a troublesome one,” Lotchoo said.