PRESS RELEASE – After his team went unbeaten in their three Caribbean Cup first-round qualification matches, Saint Lucia men’s head coach Francis ‘Baba’ Lastic says he is delighted with its progress, according to a release from CONCACAF.
In finishing as runner-up to Group 6 host St Kitts-Nevis, the Saint Lucians went unbeaten with a 2-1-0 record, beating Guyana for the first time in nearly 20 years and drawing with the home team.
The table-topping positions earned places for both in next month’s second round.
“Our intentions were to move up to the second stage and we were successful at that,” said Lastic, who made a point to praise the performances of the defense, which conceded only one goal, against third-placed Dominica. “The team played very well. The guys executed according to plan, were disciplined, played attractive football and we got the job done.”
Saint Lucia’s upcoming task will be even more challenging, when the national selection faces off against hosts Trinidad & Tobago, Antigua & Barbuda and the Dominican Republic, October 8-12, for final-round berths.
“Looking ahead, we will be taking it game by game and work very hard to qualify,” expressed Lastic, adding that he doesn’t expect any squad changes prior to the next round.
The purpose of the qualification competition is to determine which national teams can play in the 2014 Caribbean Cup which in turn determines which nations from the Caribbean nations will participate in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.