PARAMARIBO, Suriname– The Suriname National Team appears to be hitting its stride as 2019/20 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying kicks off this week.
Suriname will be the first team in action, as it takes on Dominica in the history-making affair on Thursday.
For Head Coach Dean Gorre, it has been a very productive summer in preparation for the tournament. The team enjoyed a training camp in The Netherlands where it played three friendlies against top Dutch competition.
Suriname squared off against Eredivisie side Feyenoord Rotterdam and second division clubs Sparta Rotterdam and Almere City FC.
The team delivered a very solid defensive performance against Feyenoord, narrowly losing 1-0, before displaying some verve in attack in a 5-2 defeat to Sparta Rotterdam and then a 4-2 loss to Almere City FC.
With those three productive friendlies under its belts, Suriname returned to this side of the Atlantic and put forth a strong display in a 4-0 friendly win at French Guiana.
Most impressive were the efforts of attacking players Ivenzo Comvalius and Alvaro Verwey. In what was the full debut for each player, Comvalius registered a hat trick while Verwey also found the back of the net against the 2017 Concacaf Gold Cup side.
Both players have been included in Gorre’s 22-man roster for Thursday’s game against Dominica.
Following the Dominica contest, Suriname will face British Virgin Islands (Oct. 13), Jamaica (Nov. 17) and Saint Kitts and Nevis (Mar. 23) to complete its CNL campaign.