Johnson made the appeal at Wednesday’s (20th July, 2011), press conference, hosted at the association’s Football House Headquarters in Basseterre.
The local football chief said the tournament is costing the association over EC$200,000 to host and though they have had some support from government, the Olympic Association and selected corporate partners, there is still a need to ensure that the tournament costs are comfortably met.
One way in which this could be facilitated is through the strong support of the public, who are being encouraged to turn out in their thousands for the weekend of matches, to be played between Haiti, Antigua & Barbuda, St. Lucia and St. Kitts and Nevis.
Matches have been scheduled for Thursday, Saturday and next week Monday, with the first kick off at 6:00pm, followed at 8:00pm with the second of the double header.
The host nation is due to play St. Lucia on the opening day, in the second match, following the expected battle between Antigua and Haiti.
While undergoing preparation to host the CFU Olympic Men’s Qualifying Tournament, the budget set in place by the St Kitts and Nevis Football Association (SKNFA) for all costs, was around EC$200,000, said Johnson, but at the end of the tournament, we are certain that the total expenses will be much higher, given the added requirements that have emerged.
Mr. Johnson said that the budget that was initially in place has had to be adjusted to cater for the new arrangements of the planning committee and their decisions to enhance the experience of the tournament to accommodate both the teams and the spectators.
Mr. Johnson asked for the support of the Kittitian and Nevisian families to make an effort and come out to support the teams; and he also solicited help from businesses within the cooperate sector, to lend a helping hand, so that expenses borne by the association could be decreased.
SKNFA president added that it is important for the success of this tournament, because it will continue to prove that the federation of St Kitts and Nevis is capable of hosting such events sanctioned by FIFA and the many more leagues and tournaments to come.