Saint Lucia to host Caribbean Football Union group qualifiers
Contact: Ryan O' Brian
Thursday, August 17, 2006 - Saint Lucia will host another major sporting event when the Caribbean Football Union's (CFU) under-20 group (d) qualifiers kicks off at the National stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Hosts Saint Lucia, Barbados, Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are the teams playing in the group that will feature in three double headers at the stadium.
In the opening games on Sunday, Grenada plays Barbados at 4pm while Saint Lucia will come up against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the second match at six.
Vice President of the Saint Lucia Football Association responsible for technical matters John Sealy says the tournament was originally scheduled to be played on a home and away basis, but participating teams felt it would have been better to have all the teams play in one country.
“It was felt that the home and away format would would not have suited us so one island was chosen to host. The cost of hosting will be shared among the four islands. Of course we have prepared a budget and that budget has been submitted to the four islands and they have agreed with the budget that has been submitted, so it is not a case of Saint Lucia coming up with all the cost, but with the cost being shared among the four territories.” Sealy said.
Mr Sealy urged members of the Saint Lucian community to be at the national stadium on the days of the matches to spur the local team on.
“We are asking the general public to come out and support the guys because we have had a Saint Lucia team in training for a couple of months now and we are expecting a lot from them. They are basically the future of Saint Lucia football, so it would be good to see them from the start - to be able to assess their progess,” Sealy said.
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