The public got a first glimpse of the squad that has been in training for the past two months when members of the Senior Men’s Football team, joined by players from the U23 and female teams, took to the streets of downtown Basseterre on Friday, in a promotional parade.
Dressed in their red team shirts, the national team handed out flyers and interacted with a number of fans about the upcoming game.
Speaking to president of the St. Kitts and Nevis Football Association, Anthony Johnson, he said that the aim of Friday’s march was to sensitize the public about the upcoming tournament.
Johnson added that the senior players were accompanied by junior players of the federation; adding that the exposure would be great for their future development.
“We want to give them exposure to the senior team. These players are the future of our football in the federation and we want to groom them from now on,” Johnson said.
Johnson said that preparation for the tournament is going efficiently as teams and officials should begin arriving as early as the 31st of August, while most of the teams will be arriving on the 1st of September.
The president also said the national team will include a number of Kittitians who are based overseas. One player expected to be in the tournament is Atiba Harris, who plays Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States.
According to the association they are expecting strong support to be coming for the Guyanese team given that a lot of their nationals are residing here in the Federation. The Sugar Boyz would be expecting stiff competition from the Golden Jaguars and the St Lucia national team which recently won the Windward Islands football tournament.
The tournament kicks off on Wednesday 3rd September with Guyana tackling Dominica from 5:30p.m and host St Kitts and Nevis doing battle with St Lucia from 8:30p.m.
The 2014 CFU Caribbean Cup Tournament will feature matches in Zone Six here, on Wednesday 3rd, Friday 5th and Sunday 7th September at Warner Park.