The Senior Sugar Boyz departed the Federation on Sunday afternoon on board British Airways
to Europe, where they will play Andorra in their first international friendly for 2022. At the RLB
International Airport, Coach Austin Huggins said he was pleased with the preparation put in by
team over the weeks and months and is looking to see the team play as a unified unit in that
match. “We are very confident. The guys are very happy to be going to Europe to represent St.
Kitts-Nevis. They are in good spirits and we are hoping to reach there safe and have a good
showing to represent our country,” Huggins said.
He also believes this match is significant to the development of local based players, that
comprise the entire squad heading to Andorra. “Over the years much of our players were not
given the opportunity to represent the country. Most guys normally come from overseas…but
now they will be more motivated to play for our country once more,” he said, adding that this
will help lift the standard of football in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Player Yohannes Mitcham is also feeling good about the prospects of the team in Andorra. “I
think everybody is eager to go to Europe and showcase their talent. Training has been good. The
numbers have been coming out every day to train knowing that we have a big game in Europe,
so I think this is a good opportunity.
Meanwhile, Team Manager Jamir Claxton gave a brief rundown of what will happen with the
team when they arrive in Andorra leading up to their match on March 25th . “We arrive on March
21 st in Andorra. Once we get there, on the first day we won’t be able to train due to the training
facilities being occupied so we’ve organized to have a session at the hotel gym,” he disclosed.
“From there leading up to the match, we train once every day, trying to acclimatize to the climate
and also the field conditions because we will be playing on artificial turf. So, the first few days
before the game, it’s just to acclimatize to the condition,” Claxton explained. All the best to the
Sugar Boyz as they represent the Federation in Europe.