BASSETERRE, Saint Kitts and Nevis– The first ever Concacaf Nations League kicks off this week and among the 34 teams in action is Saint Kitts and Nevis, led by Mexican coach Jacques Passy.
Almost three years into his tenure as Head Coach of the Sugar Boyz, Passy is thrilled with the initiative taken by Concacaf to give national teams like Saint Kitts and Nevis and many others around the region the chance to have regular, quality competition.
“I just don’t like the Nations League, I love it!” said Passy in an exclusive interview with CONCACAF.com.
“I think it is the best thing that Concacaf has done. The vision of ‘One Concacaf’ means that we are going to be able to be on the same level as the other confederations. Now, everyone has opportunities to compete. This concept of having groups and a table is something unique and as a manager I like it. It means that we are competing with 33 other teams,” added Passy.
Passy is also hopeful that his players will take full advantage of the big stage presented in the CNL and use the tournament as a springboard to a bigger club.
“For the players this is a unique opportunity. Before, Caribbean players were only seen by Caribbean audiences. In the CNL they will be able to shine in front of an international audience. We want to be exporting more and more players to leagues around the world to they grow and develop as footballers,” said Passy.
Up first for Saint Kitts and Nevis in the CNL is a tough test on Sunday with Puerto Rico, who is coached by former Honduras international Amado Guevara.
Passy is all too aware that any team led by a fierce competitor like Guevara will bear the same characteristics as the Catracho.
“I see my team as looking good. They are focused on the game. We know the virtues of Puerto Rico. Guevara was a top-class player and experienced very intense matches at the highest level, so we know that we are going to encounter a team that plays with the same type of intensity,” concluded Passy.