According to the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking the SKNFA and St. Kitts-Nevis on a whole has achieved their best world rank in the history of its existence.
On Wednesday 7th November, 2012, FIFA released the official rankings of all the member associations and St. Kitts-Nevis has now earned a rank of 106. An article featured on FIFA.com in March described St. Kitts-Nevis as a force to be reckoned with.
The following excerpt is from the said article:
“You can’t take teams like St Kitts and Nevis lightly anymore,” Canada veteran Dwayne De Rosario told FIFA.com after his Canucks were held to a draw by the islanders, who previously shocked the CONCACAF zone by reaching the second round of qualifying on the road to Germany 2006. “They’re athletic and powerful and getting better all the time.”
New high within reach
St Kitts and Nevis have moved seven places up the FIFA/Coca-Cola World ranking since the start of the year. They are currently 109th and just one point off their best-ever global ranking, achieved in 2004. They are just behind Bermuda in the CONCACAF ranking and three points behind Bolivia overall. The team, coached by Lester Morris are intent on continuing the trend of upward mobility, and even managed another win after being eliminated, besting Antigua and Barbuda – who are still alive in qualifying for Brazil 2014 – 1-0 in their only friendly of 2012.
St Kitts and Nevis played their first game as a national team as recently as 1979, a slim 2-1 loss to Caribbean giants Jamaica. Since then they have improved at a rapid rate compared to some of their comparably-sized neighbours, finishing runners-up at the Caribbean Cup in 1997 and fourth place in 1993
St. Kitts-Nevis has now proved to the world that we are stronger than we have ever been and that we are on the pathway to great things in the future, said SKNFA.
The SKNFA has thanked everyone who has contributed to the success and hopes that they will continue working with them for the development of football.