ROAD TOWN, British Virgin Islands -- A golden age may be dawning in one of Concacaf’s smallest nations. Though the British Virgin Islands lost their first match of the 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League to Bonaire by a score of 4-2, spirits are higher than they’ve ever been about the future of The Nature Boyz.
Seventeen-year-old Tyler Forbes, who became one of the youngest players in history to score an international brace when he banged two past Bonaire in that first match, spoke about the growing enthusiasm surrounding the team in an exclusive interview with Concacaf.com.
Local support on the islands is increasing according to Forbes, who noted, “Now you get home and everyone’s like, ‘I heard [the game] on the radio, I read about it in the newspaper.’ So it’s becoming more of a well-known thing and we’re making the BVI proud.”
But it’s not just the fans who are getting excited; Forbes himself expressed confidence in his teammates: “In my opinion, with this squad of players and more, we could get very far in the Gold Cup, but we’re taking it little by little and know we have to get through these stages and up into League B and higher levels of competition.”
The young star has hopes of becoming his country’s most capped player, but the Nations League has already been a chance to follow his dreams. “The experience has been unbelievable. Not only have we been treated very well in where we stay and the hospitality that we get, but to be in a situation now where I can walk up to any pitch and any opponent and say ‘I reckon I can match my opponent,’ at such a young age, to build that confidence, has been fantastic for me.”
Thanks to the Nations League and a growing international program, the BVI hope more talented young players like Forbes will join the ranks of the Nature Boyz and the local standard of the game will continue to improve.