Basseterre, St. Kitts, 27th November 2015 (MiyVue.com) – The European exposure in friendly matches was an important experience for the National Football Team said General Secretary Stanley Jacobs of the St. Kitts and Nevis Football Association (SKNFA).
The National Football Team played two friendly matches while in Europe, the first against Andora, which the team won one goal to nil. The second was against Estonia, which they lost three goals to nil.
Commenting on the two European engagements, Jacobs said, “It was a tremendous learning curve for the team, but it is part of our overall strategic plan to engage the team in high profile matches outside of their comfort zone, outside of their home base, so that the team becomes more accustomed to play against top-level competition.”
Jacobs indicated that several other international friendlies will be organized for the team to play at home, as part of the preparation for the Caribbean Football Union Caribbean Cup in 2016.
Jacobs explained, “We will use those games to showcase a lot of the local talent. We have to be strategic, as our resources are limited, so when we play those matches in St. Kitts and Nevis, then that will be an opportunity to showcase the local talent so that we could select the best team to represent St. Kitts and Nevis.”
The general secretary said the national team will gather fully again in March to commence training for the CFU Caribbean Cup.
Reflecting on the European engagements, Jacobs commented, “Our tiny nation of St. Kitts and Nevis must be commended for the tremendous effort in putting on the European tour. It was the first in our history, and I believe the management and staff of the St. Kitts and Nevis Football Association must be commended for what was a huge and bold undertaking.”