It was an extremely rainy afternoon in Basseterre by the time the team landed but they arrived to a warm welcome by President of the St. Kitts & Nevis Football Association, Mr Anthony Johnson and other association officials.
In brief statement in the VIP Lounge at the Robert Bradshaw International Airport, President Johnson welcomed the Canadians and stated that St. Kitts and Nevis will ensure that they have a great time here in St. Kitts outside of the hours slated for the competitive game.
Mr. Johnson congratulated the Canadian delegation on their achievements so far in qualification rounds but cautioned them about the abundance of talent found in the players of the home side.
In his remarks, the Canadian coach said that he knows St. Kitts & Nevis has done well in football internationally and he is aware of the type of qualities possessed by the Kittitians/Nevisians but he is of the view that Canada will do its best to make sure the qualities of the local team are not at the best on Friday.
St. Kitts & Nevis faces Canada on Friday at Warner Park, at 8:00pm.
Local organizers have been encouraging members of the public to ensure that they purchase their tickets early, to avoid the expected long lines of fans for the game.
Tickets are being sold at the Royal Beach Casino in Frigate Bay and the headquarters of the football association, on Lozack Road. Stadium seated tickets are being sold for EC$30.00 while those for the grounds are for EC$20.00.