The parade is part of the awareness campaign for this week’s 2012 London Olympics Under 23 CFU Football Qualifiers, being staged from Thursday, 24th November, at Warner Park.
A spokesperson for the St. Kitts & Nevis Football Association, SKNFA, said that expectations are high for another strong public support for the National Team and for the three day tournament that will see these four top teams, competing for the final two spots in the CONCACAF Finals that will be played in the USA from March next year.
With the St. Kitts & Nevis team announced on Tuesday, football fans are again demanding a high level of performance similar to that which was demonstrated earlier this year, when the National Team defeated other top teams such as Haiti, in the first round of the qualifiers.
Wednesday’s parade in Basseterre is also designed to introduce the U23 National Team players to the local public and to encourage fans to turn out in their large numbers on Thursday, Saturday and next week Monday.
Members of the St. Kitts OECS U23 Netball Champion team will also be joining their football colleagues for the parade which is also attracting participation from the Seventh Day Marching Band.
Two powerful and exciting games are scheduled for each day of the tournament and organizers have indicated that every day of the tournament will be “a big day”, given the caliber of teams involved.
On Thursday 24th , Trinidad and Cuba will play in the first game at 6:00pm, followed by St. Kitts and Nevis and Suriname at 8:00pm.
On Saturday 24th, Cuba and Suriname will play at 6:00pm while Trinidad and Tobago and St. Kitts and Nevis will meet, at 8:00pm.
On the final day, Monday 28th November, Trinidad and Suriname will meet at 6:00pm paving the way for the big clash between Cuba and St. Kitts & Nevis at 8:00pm.
The Cubans arrived in St. Kitts on Monday while teams Trinidad & Tobago and Suriname made their way to Basseterre on Tuesday evening.