Basseterre, St. Kitts-Monday 28th November could be a defining period in the history and development of the sport of football in St. Kitts & Nevis. It could very well be the day on which this small Caribbean nation creates history by making it to the Finals of the CONCACAF football competition and therefore, one step closer to playing in next year’s Olympic Games in London.
Following Saturday night’s superb performance by St. Kitts & Nevis in the U23 CFU tournament now taking place at Warner Park, Basseterre, the home team has drawn closer to the possibility of becoming one of the two nations that could qualify for the next stage of the long road to the Olympics.
St. Kitts & Nevis delivered a massive blow to Trinidad & Tobago when they trounced them 5-2 on Saturday night, in front of a fair sized but appreciative crowd. It was a fantastic comeback from the earlier defeat, 1-nil, on Thursday to Suriname.
However, Monday is the big showdown between all teams, with St. Kitts & Nevis currently tied on 3 points with Suriname who are scheduled to play Trinidad & Tobago at 6:00pm on Monday, followed by the massive battle between Cuba and St. Kitts & Nevis at 8:00pm.
The St. Kitts & Nevis Football Association is therefore urging all citizens and residents to provide the much needed support to the national team, by attending Monday night’s matches, to help boost the spirits of the players and to play the role of “12th man”. An SKNFA spokesman said, not only would it require the great skills of the players in the game against Cuba, but it would also need the patriotic chanting and encouragement that is always so important in times like these.
However the players are still very much convinced that they would triumph against the Cubans.
The outcome of Monday’s earlier game between Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago could also impact on the chances of the home team, thus local officials are keeping a close eye on that encounter as well.