Johnson shared those thoughts during a press conference on Tuesday, (8th November, 2011), ahead of the big clash against Canada, in the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers, which will take place on Friday 11th November, at Warner Park.
Mr. Johnson said, in confidence of a victory over Canada, that even though the ultimate goal of the Association is reaching to the World Cup, another goal of the Association, one that is a more realistic target, is for the St. Kitts & Nevis National team to achieve a world ranking of better than 100. He said if the country’s ranking dips below the 100 mark, it would increase the media spotlight on the destination and its players. This, said Johnson, would also create greater opportunities for Kittitian/Nevisian players to gain university scholarships and also player contracts in Europe and the USA.
He said however that given our limited resources, the task is much harder than one would hope, but victories against Canada on the 11th and 15th November, would certainly enhance our chances.
President Johnson also said that the Association has gone to every length to get overseas players in, to ensure that the team is successful, not only during these upcoming World Cup Qualifiers, but also for the Under 23 Olympic Qualifiers.
Mr. Johnson has encouraged residents of St. Kitts and Nevis to come out and support the team, because even though the Canadian team is filled with professionals, support from our nationals can help the team be motivated during these games.
On Friday Kittitians are urged to go to Warner Park wearing green as Friday 11th November is observed as Green Day, given that the National Team will be sporting its green jerseys in the match.