‘Fitness-tactics check’ Belho to play ‘last’ test against Haiti before World Cup

Head coach Colleen Bell’s women’s national team will host Haiti in its final domestic test before the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

The Korea Football Association (KFA) 스포츠토토 announced on Tuesday that it will host Haiti in a friendly that will double as a World Cup qualifier on March 8. The venue and time of the match have yet to be determined.

It will be the first time the national team has faced Haiti in an A-match. Haiti, ranked 53rd in the FIFA rankings, qualified for the Women’s World Cup for the first time after defeating Senegal and Chile in the intercontinental playoffs. They are in Group D at the World Cup, facing England, Denmark, and China.

“Playing Haiti is the final step in our preparation for the World Cup,” said Bell. “It’s the last chance for players to make the final 23-man roster,” Bell said. “It’s also the last chance for players to make the final roster, so we’ll be able to assess their physical and tactical fitness and make sure we’re optimized for our first game against Colombia. We look forward to a great farewell match in front of a stadium full of fans.”

The squad will convene in June for a final domestic training camp in preparation for the World Cup. The team will hold a send-off ceremony with fans on June 9, the day after the match against Haiti, before departing for Australia on June 10. Additional trials are also planned in Australia.

The Women, who are in Group H at the World Cup, will open their campaign against Colombia on July 25 in Sydney. They will then play Morocco in Adelaide on July 30 and Germany in Brisbane on August 3.

The national team has continued to develop its international competitiveness by playing overseas teams. In February, the team participated in the Arnold Clarke Cup in England, where they faced powerhouses England, Belgium, and Italy, and in April, the team played two domestic trials against Zambia.

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