CONCACAF Nations League pushing St Lucia football forward

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CONCACAF Nations League pushing St Lucia football forward
Kurt Frederick (right # 2) in action with W Connection against Honduras Progreso, in the Scotiabank Concacaf League at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on September 29, 2016 Photo: Mexsport
Kurt Frederick (right # 2) in action with W Connection against Honduras Progreso, in the Scotiabank Concacaf League at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on September 29, 2016 Photo: Mexsport

(CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE) – When 2019/20 CONCACAF Nations League Qualifying kicks off in September, it will have been more than a year since Saint Lucia have been in action.

The CFU side last played in the 2017 Windward Islands tournament back in July 2017, so it stands to reason that the Saint Lucia players are warmly welcoming CONCACAF’s initiative of the CONCACAF Nations League.

“I feel like it’s a good thing for Saint Lucia,” said Saint Lucia DF Kurt Frederick in an exclusive interview with CONCACAF.com
“It’s been a while since we played any football, so any games we get will be good and we will be learning more,” added Frederick, who plays his football with Trinidad and Tobago side W Connection.

For Frederick, it’s not only the games, but also the time spent on the training field that will help bolster Saint Lucia’s strengths.

“We like to play possession football and when the chances come, we try to score,” said Frederick.

On the docket for Saint Lucia in the CNL are four very difficult matches against Antigua and Barbuda, Haiti, Cayman Islands and Aruba.
Antigua and Barbuda is an opponent Saint Lucia know well. The two sides engaged in a stirring two-legged tie in the second round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying for Russia 2018, with Antigua and Barbuda emerging with a dramatic 5-4 aggregate victory.

Overall, Frederick expects four hotly contested affairs for Saint Lucia.

“Those games are some difficult games for Saint Lucia. We have to work hard and do what we have to do to try to get through these games,” concluded Frederick.

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  1. What is this man talking about? Why is he referring to the games as being difficult? If this man is a professional footballer the words difficult should not be thrown into the mix. No game is difficult once you apply yourself. The only team that might give St Lucia a run for their money is Haiti, apart from that St Lucia can beat all the other teams.

    This footballer has a defeatist attitude already. With attitudes like this, it's no wonder St Lucia isn't playing in the current World Cup. How can you go forward with such defeatist attitude? No game is difficult. Look at the current World Cup. The games are very close. Iceland drew with Argentina, Spain could only beat Iran by one goal, Germany lost to Mexico.. the list goes on. What is this guy doing on the national team? St Lucia can do better than that. I hope they win all their matches. Good Luck St Lucia!

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