The St Kitts and Nevis’ team was able to defeat the three other competing teams, Antigua and Barbuda 2-1, St Lucia 2-1 and Haiti 2-1.
It was certainly a joyous occasion when the referee blew the last whistle of the Final game between St Kitts and Nevis and Haiti. A fair-sized crowd was on hand to celebrate the victory with the hard working host country’s ‘Sugar Boyz’.
St Kitts and Nevis’ Team manager, Keith Pemberton, during the celebrations said “I can’t find words to express what I am feeling at this time, although Haiti was always our nemesis, we (always) felt that once we played our game we will be able to come out on top, which we certainly did.”
The winning team rallied around the football field holding the national flag high above their heads, thanking everyone who had supported them.
While speaking with the coach of the champion football squad, he explained that the ‘Sugar Boyz’ had to engage in five months of intense training which assisted in the preparation and the fruitful outcomes of the tournament.
“We feel very happy that we have won this tournament. Tonight culminates five months of hard work, which saw the boys practicing two and three times per day. Thanks to the ‘most high’ for giving us this victory and to the St Kitts and Nevis’ supporters for coming out and rallying behind us. We’re very grateful for the support.” the overjoyed Coach Hazel cited
St Kitts and Nevis now advances to round two of the CFU Under 23 Olympic Qualifiers Tournament joining the winners of Groups B and C, Trinidad and Tobago and Cuba respectively.