ROAD TOWN, British Virgin Islands – The coming week promises to be a very busy one for the British Virgin Islands National Team.
Unlike 32 of the 34 teams competing in the Concacaf Nations League that have just one match on the docket, BVI will play two matches in just four days in order to make up for its postponed match with Martinique. First, BVI will face Suriname on Saturday, October 13, before traveling to Martinique on Tuesday, October 16.
Needless to say, not having the opportunity to make its CNL debut last month a bit frustrating for a BVI team that has trained hard to be ready for the tournament.
“It was disappointing because we all were looking forward to being together again and preparing to show the world the hard work we have put in,” said BVI FW Kristian Javier in an exclusive interview with Concacaf.com.
“But our coaches made sure to reiterate to us that this is only a minor setback and to focus on what we can control and focus on continuing to improve our selves for the upcoming matches,” added Javier.
With such a busy schedule coming up, Javier says the key for BVI is to keep things simple.
“Prior to things being postponed our entire mindset as a team was to take one game at a time and focus all our energy on the task at hand. All of our planning was directed towards Martinique, but now all of our energy is directed towards Suriname. We do not underestimate any opponent and know that in doing so major problems could arise. After the Suriname game and only after will we focus on Martinique,” said Javier, who has three senor team caps.
There will certainly be a physical challenge for BVI playing two games in four days, yet Javier feels like the team will be adequately prepared.
“The coaching staff have definitely kept in mind the quick turnaround and have upped out conditioning program in preparation for it. We know that it’s going to be a tremendous strain on the body, but we have a world class team trainer, and every player has complete confidence in the staff’s ability to help each and every player recover accordingly in preparation for the next match,” said Javier.
While it was frustrating to not play last month on Matchday 1, Javier still was able to take in some of the matches and is enjoying the football on display in the CNL.
“We have kept close eye on the league and I personally think that Concacaf is doing a sensational job with the CNL. Teams are preforming at a very high level and giving players the opportunity to showcase what makes them special. I believe it is a great platform which deserves more exposure, but it’s only the beginning and great things will come from a competition like this,” concluded Javier.