Suriname commenced preparations for their Concacaf Nations League qualifying with a training camp in Brazil last week.
The Suriname team, comprising of mostly home-based players played two practice games against clubs Remo and Pais Andu.
Technical Director of the Suriname Football Association Biswajeet Kali says the emphasis is being placed on the team's preparations for their qualifying matches against Dominica in September with matches to follow against, the British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, and Saint Kitts/Nevis.
"It is a very good concept from CONCACAF to introduce the Nations League. As you know before, in one year a country like Suriname would maybe play one or two friendlies for the year. Now we will have an opportunity to play more matches in a competitive environment and this will be a big boost and a lot more to anticipate for our players and our fans," Kali told CONCACAF.com in an exclusive interview on Saturday.
"We are already in preparations for the Nations League. Last week we had the national squad in Brazil for a training camp in which we played two matches against clubs there and from all reports, there was a good response from the players who are all excited about the upcoming Nations League campaign," he noted.
Kali said that CONCACAF League development and club licensing programmes have also assisted the game in Suriname.
"We are in the process of having our clubs licensed and fully compliant as required by CONCACAF. We are working on getting more of our clubs updated with the regional license which I believe is the key element in the general improvement of the game. These workshops and programmes have helped us. The increase in opportunities to play is also important.
One of our clubs Inter Moegotapoe came second in the CONCACAF Caribbean Shield last month and this was very good exposure for the club and will hopefully help to improve the club and league football in our country," Kali said.
"We have a lot going on in football now in Suriname through assistance from CONCACAF such as the grassroots programmes and women's football. It is a very exciting period for us and of course, the big focus now is ensuring our team can have a strong performance in the CONCACAF Nations League later this year."
Kali was among technical directors from eight CONCACAF Member Associations who participated in a FIFA Technical Directors Course for CONCACAF nations last week in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Kali engaged. Among the topics covered during the five-day course included Roles and Responsibilities of a technical director, Reporting of Training analysis; Reporting of match training analysis and Coach education analysis among other items.
"It was very insightful to know more about what the role of a technical director entails. And it was truly something beneficial and we are grateful to CONCACAF and FIFA for the contributions and efforts being made to ensure we are continuously educated on the advances being made in the game today and to also have a better idea of where football is heading in the region.
"I am very excited to return to Suriname and take everything I have gathered from this workshop to implement for the benefit of football in Suriname," Kali added.
Suriname has never qualified for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, winning the Caribbean Cup once in 1978 and finishing fourth in the regional competition on four occasions, the last being in 1996 in Trinidad and Tobago.
"Now we have a vision and plan to at least qualify for the Nations League Final. The opportunities are endless and we are definitely going to push as much as we can to go all the way," Kali concluded