St Vincent and the Grenadines will join Barbados, Belize and Curacao in Group B of the CONCACAF 2022 Women’s Under-17 Championship Qualifiers, scheduled to kick off in August.
Thirty-two CONCACAF member countries are down to participate in the Championship which will feature a qualifiers round, a top 16 group stage, and a knock out.
Andrew Bramble, Head Coach of the SVG National Under-17 Female Football team, told THE VINCENTIAN that despite the challenges, he is confident the girls will give a good account of themselves.
“We were training but this was interrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak and the eruption of the volcano. We are looking to restart soon under strict protocols. We should have a provisional list of 35 and because of the varying skill levels of the females, it will take extra effort to get the players up to the standard. We are hoping we don’t have any further delay in training,” Bramble said.
The Head Coach, though, noted a stark challenge, pointing to: ‘Some of the girls will have exams around the preparation and competition phases, so we will have to look carefully at the make-up of the team. Luckily we have a core of players from the Under-14 and some still from the Under-17 squads so we can build around that.”
Given the limited time for preparation, Bramble said, “Our focus will be playing more matches especially against a few male teams while doing less actual coaching. This, I believe, will help the players to be in a state of readiness.”
SVG’s first game will be against Barbados, followed by Curacao and then Belize.