SKNFA president impressed with national football team, expressed thanks for the support

This was the sentiment of President Anthony Johnson of the St. Kitts and Nevis Football Association who told that the second game was expected to be tough, but the team played to the end.

“I want to thank the team, not withstanding the results last night in El Salvador. They made the whole nation incredibly proud of their performance over both legs. I think going into El Salvador, a very hostile environment, would have been very difficult for us to achieve the kind of results we wanted,” said President Johnson, who added, “Nonetheless, what impressed me was their determination down to the very end. They never stopped playing, even though the result clearly was against us.”

Johnson expressed thanks not only to the players and coaches, but for the support the Football Association received from the St. Kitts-Nevis community.

He said, “I want to thank the public for its tremendous support, here in St. Kitts and Nevis in particular, all of our sponsors in the business community and to our stakeholders who came on board and assisted with the preparations for the game on the 11th of this month. It was an incredible effort by all concerned.”

The SKNFA plans to keep the team together, and Johnson believes the public will see even better performances over the next two years. Johnson contends that the existing national team was one of the better prepared teams the country has had going into such an important international match.

“For the first time we were able to have our players attend a camp in a high performance center in Mexico, and that is something we would like to repeat in the future,” Johnson said.

He continued, “However, I caution because it came at a huge cost. But, in order to be properly prepared for tournaments of this nature, particularly when you are playing against top teams, such as El Salvador, you need to prepare technically and mentally for the games.”

Meanwhile, Johnson indicated that another national team, the Under-23, begins its competitive bid for the next Olympics, when they travel this weekend to Haiti to compete against that country’s team, as well as teams from Barbados and the Cayman Islands.

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