Team SKN Advances To Caribbean Cup Round 2 In Haiti by Glen Bart

Coming off a euphoric performance that put Team St. Kitts-Nevis’ ‘Sugar Boys’ to the top of Zone 6 in the Caribbean Football Union’s Caribbean Cup tournament last week, the national team is now getting ready to head to Haiti for Round 2 of the tournament. The ‘Sugar Boys’ will travel to Haiti for the Caribbean Cup Round 2 qualifying matches, Oct. 8 to Oct 12, when they will play Barbados on the 8 th , French Guiana on the 10 th and Haiti on the 12 th . During the same period, the teams from Curacao, St. Vincent, Guadeloupe and Martinique would compete in Guadeloupe. The teams that are advancing to the second round matches are Group winners: Antigua and Barbuda, Martinique, Curacao and St. Kitts and Nevis; and the teams that have advanced as runner ups – St. Vincent and the Grenadines, French Guiana, Barbados and St. Lucia. Team St. Kitts-Nevis’ Head Coach Jeffery ‘Pedro’ Hazel is clear on the strategy, that is, to fine-tune the technical aspects of the team’s play. The coaching staff will be working on the team’s “penetrative passes and the finishing toward the goal”, maintaining mental preparedness, and of course, ‘top round two”in their group. Some local football fans admit that the team did well, but “it’s going to get tougher”, remarked a Newtowner. “Keep the pressure on, and play positive football,’said another football supporter. The Zone 6 qualifying matches attracted strong spectator turnout during the three nights of double headers at the Warner Park Football Stadium. They got involved with the ‘Mexican Wave’, and sang boisterously, especially as the ‘Sugar Boys’ gave the Dominica team a 5-0 plunder. At the end of the round one qualifier, Team St. Kitts-Nevis scored 7 goals and conceded 0 goals, resulting in a 7 – 7 tie on points with St. Lucia, but with St. Kitts-Nevis emerging winners with a higher goal average. Match Info: St. Lucia vs St. Kitts-Nevis Final score: SKN 0/ STL 0 Guyana vs St. Kitts-Nevis 9:47p.m. – Zeph Thomas scores from 35 yards, slices the ball past the goalkeeper. 9:55p.m. – Atiba Harris scores a clinical goal for SKN.

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