Confident Sugar Boyz in Anguilla ready for St Martin challenge in Concacaf Nations League

By Sports Desk March 22, 2023
St Kitts and Nevis players preparing to leave for Anguilla on Tuesday. St Kitts and Nevis players preparing to leave for Anguilla on Tuesday. SKNFA

A confident Sugar Boyz team arrived in Anguilla on Tuesday where they will face French St. Martin on Thursday in the first of two Concacaf Nations League matches.

“Everything is under control,” said team manager Jamir Claxton.

“Everything has been well-coordinated. We have a very good team working in the background as well supporting me, including the General Secretary Techell Mclean, Mr. (Cuthbert) Caines, the Head of Delegation, and other members of the SKNFA Secretariat.”

Meanwhile, the players are in good spirits and looking forward to the games ahead.

Chief among them is Lois Maynard, who is based in the United Kingdom and is excited about wearing national colours again. He knows a victory will be significant for St. Kitts and Nevis to advance to the next round for Concacaf Gold Cup qualification and said the team is ready.

“It’s always a proud moment for me. I can speak for the rest of the (UK-based players) as well,” he said. “We are all proud to be here representing St. Kitts and Nevis. We have a good chance this time around of reaching the Gold Cup.”

Maynard said that the camaraderie between overseas-based and local players has been good.

“We’re all one. We all link up together as if we’ve never been apart. I think that is the most important thing to be successful as a team,” he noted.

Jamal Jeffers, a local-based player concurred.

“There are not many new players. A lot of the UK-based players have been here before so they are not new to the system or new to the country,” he said. 

Jeffers urged the country to rally behind the team, especially when they play their home match on Monday against Aruba.

“We are going to put up a strong fight because we want to reach the Gold Cup,” he said.

The Sugar Boyz play French St. Martin at 3 pm Thursday in Anguilla and on Monday, March 27th at 6 pm at Warner Park Cricket stadium.

 

 

 

 

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