MARABELLA, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – When 2019/20 CONCACAF Nations League Qualifying kicks off in September, it will have been more than a year since Saint Lucia have been in action.
The CFU side last played in the 2017 Windward Islands tournament back in July 2017, so it stands to reason that the Saint Lucia players are warmly welcoming CONCACAF’s initiative of the CONCACAF Nations League.
“I feel like it’s a good thing for Saint Lucia,” said Saint Lucia DF Kurt Frederick in an exclusive interview with CONCACAF.com
“It’s been a while since we played any football, so any games we get will be good and we will be learning more,” added Frederick, who plays his football with Trinidad and Tobago side W Connection.
For Frederick, it’s not only the games, but also the time spent on the training field that will help bolster Saint Lucia’s strengths.
“We like to play possession football and when the chances come, we try to score,” said Frederick.
On the docket for Saint Lucia in the CNL are four very difficult matches against Antigua and Barbuda, Haiti, Cayman Islands and Aruba.
Antigua and Barbuda is an opponent Saint Lucia know well. The two sides engaged in a stirring two-legged tie in the second round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying for Russia 2018, with Antigua and Barbuda emerging with a dramatic 5-4 aggregate victory.
Overall, Frederick expects four hotly contested affairs for Saint Lucia.
“Those games are some difficult games for Saint Lucia. We have to work hard and do what we have to do to try to get through these games,” concluded Frederick.