Team St. Lucia Departs; CONCACAF Nations League Bound

The game of football is ever changing and the evolution of the sport further intensifies the world’s insatiable desire for more of the beautiful game.

FIFA and its continental confederations must develop innovative strategies to accommodate the constant evolution and demands of the world’s most beautiful game. Against this backdrop, CONCACAF has launched its newest concept most well known as The CONCACAF Nations League. In addition to significantly improving on teams’ playing time, CONCACAF has decided, through a two pronged approach, to utilize this new competition as a means of qualification to its well renowned Gold Cup Championship. The matches of this newly conceptualized competition are slated to take place during the international match day windows which are spread out throughout the year.

The inauguration of the CONCACAF Nations League signals a return of Team St. Lucia to the fore of international senior football after an extended hiatus initiated by a revamped strategic plan. The team’s last significant participation in a regional qualifier stems as far back as 2015 where they were ignominiously dispatched from the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers by Antigua in a match which was not fit for the feint hearted. Ever since this agonizing 5-4 aggregate loss to Antigua, the technical department of the SLFA has sought to reshuffle the senior team in an endeavour to amalgamate the perfect mixture of youth, experience and international exposure to the composition of the national team. This has thus resulted in the first time inclusion of the well decorated Croatian based midfielder Zaine Pierre to anchor down the team’s midfield. Zaine is accompanied by popular defender Kurt Frederick, an experienced campaigner who now plies his trade at W Connection in Trinidad and Tobago following an exciting stint at a top flight club in Costa Rica. The team is reinvigorated with the youth through the inclusion of Alvinus Myers and Melvin Doxilly, graduates from the previous St. Lucian U20 team and products of the revised strategic plan. The team is led on the pitch by Shane Paul, a vibrant football technocrat with the ability and vision to unlock any defence and inspire the team’s attack. The players are now under the auspices of head coach Francis McDonald who is assisted by Coach Jeff Emmanuel. The contingent is spearheaded by the manager Mr Denver Edmunds.

Team St. Lucia commence their Nations League campaign on Friday September 7th with their first fixture being, through a mere occurrence of coincidence, their bitter rivals Antigua and Barbuda. This encounter promises to be one of great passion and dexterity as the St. Lucia men will be looking to redeem themselves of the anguish felt in 2015. The game kicks off at 6pm ECT. Team St. Lucia continues with their Nation’s League schedule on October 13th, when the boys of sweet Helen entertain a formidable Haitian unit. The final two games of St. Lucia’s Nation’s League campaign will see the men travel to the Cayman Islands on November 17th 2018 while they entertain Aruba on the March 3rd of the following year. Expectations are high throughout St. Lucia as the populous hopes for a valiant showing from the men as they make their return to region football qualifiers.