Fana hails Dominican Republic effort in CNL opener
Dominican Republic players celebrating after scoring against Bonaire in a match for the Concacaf Nations League qualifiers in Stadion Ergilio Hato in Williemstad on September 9, 2018
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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic– As football in the Dominican Republic has risen through the years, Jonathan Fana has played a big part in that growth both as a player and a mentor.

Anytime the Dominican Republic National Team takes the field either with or without him, you’d be hard-pressed to find a bigger supporter than the 31-year-old attacker.

Although the 37-time capped player did not take part in Dominican Republic’s 5-0 win over Bonaire in its 2019/20 Concacaf Nations League opener, Fana still looked on with pride as the Dominican Republic took another step forward in its footballing evolution.

“We have a great national team composed of great players that give their all each minute they’re on the field,” said Fana in an exclusive interview with Concacaf.com.

“It is a team that needs more time to bear fruit. It is a national team with so much young talent so we cannot get desperate. Better moments will come with them!” added Fana.

Following matchday one of the CNL, the Dominican Republic is tied with French Guiana for fifth in the table and can clinch a first ever berth in the Concacaf Gold Cup with a top 10 finish.

Fana is optimistic that the team can achieve the results it needs against the Cayman Islands, Cuba and Bermuda to earn a first ever Gold Cup berth.

“Of course, I have put all my hope and strength in them that we will make the Gold Cup,” said Fana.

The Atletico Pantoja man also took a moment to praise the Nations League initiative put forth by Concacaf, believing that it will help improve the quality of the game across the region.

“I think it’s an interesting format since it permits national teams to be in competition during the last three months of the year with no excuses. I think it since it gives more options to be in the Gold Cup and to play more matches,” concluded Fana.