Saint Lucia’s youth footballers continue their 2015 Under-17 World Cup journey this weekend in Haiti, as an 18-member squad is set to travel Thursday to Port au Prince.
There, they will contest the final round of the Caribbean Football Union Qualifiers. Saint Lucia qualified for this round of play by finishing second to Trinidad & Tobago in Group 2 in August. Saint Lucia, hosts for that group, lost 2-3 to Trinidad & Tobago, but topped the scoring charts with a 4-2 win over Curacao and a 4-0 win over Grenada.
In Haiti, the Saint Lucian youngsters – drawn in Group A – will immediately renew hostilities with Trinidad & Tobago, against whom they play on Sunday evening from 5pm at the Sylvio Cator Stadium in Port Au Prince. On Tuesday 21 October, Saint Lucia plays home team Haiti at 7:30pm, before finishing off their with a Thursday 5pm tilt against Barbados. Group B will see Cuba, Guadeloupe, Jamaica and Martinique in action. The winners of each group will play each other on Sunday 26 October, whilst the runners-up in each group will play for third place.
Five teams from CFU will go through to the CONCACAF U-17 Championship, to be hosted by Honduras in February and March of 2015. From a total of 12 teams, including Mexico, Canada and the USA, four will move on to represent CONCACAF at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.
Saint Lucia’s team is pretty similar to the side that qualified through to this round, but Lael Cherry and Bradley Cyril, both members of the Under-17 Inter-District runners up Central Castries, will be absent. Both young men are unable to travel due to impending deadlines for CXC submissions. Bradley scored the opening goal against Trinidad & Tobago at home, and Lael is a talented two-footed attacking midfielder, but team officials feel that the squad is sufficiently deep that whereas the duo will be missed, their absence will not be critical.
Inter-District champions Vieux Fort South will be well represented in Haiti. Nyrone Winter, one of Saint Lucia’s outstanding players in the opening round, will be looking to get back on the scoresheet in Port au Prince. A student at Vieux Fort Comprehensive, he is joined by VFCSS teammate and Jamie Prospere of Dennery and Vieux Fort South teammate Noah Nicholas (Piaye Secondary) in the final 18. Both scored in the first round. Inter-school finalists Anse Ger have three players in the squad, Viannie George (Micoud), Vino Barcelette and Alvinus Myers (both of Vieux Fort North).
Soufriere Comprehensive is the school with the most players selected, three hailing from Canaries, in the persons of Antoine Wilfred, Cassius Joseph and Keeroy Lionel. The other player from Soufriere Comprehensive is also from the town of Soufriere. He is Zachernus Simon. Among the quartet from Castries, two – Jhadel Prospere and Damian Louis – are at Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, whilst Ezekiel Greenidge attends George Charles Secondary, and Harrison Moffat is a student at St Mary’s College.
Full squad in alphabetical order:
Vino Barcelette Vieux Fort North / Anse Ger Secondary
Melvin Doxilly Gros Islet / Gros Islet Secondary
Viannie George Micoud / Anse Ger Secondary
Ekiel Greenidge Castries / George Charles Secondary
Cassius Joseph Canaries / Soufriere Comprehensive
Keeroy Lionel Canaries / Soufriere Comprehensive
Damian Louis Castries / Sir Arthur Lewis
Ryi Maryat Micoud / Micoud Secondary
Harrison Moffat Castries / St Mary’s College
Alvinus Myers Vieux Fort North / Anse Ger Secondary
Noah Nicholas Vieux Fort South / Piaye Secondary
Anton Paul Dennery / Castries Comprehensive
Albertini Phillip Roseau / Castries Comprehensive
Jamie Prospere Dennery / Vieux Fort Comprehensive
Jhadel Prospere Castries / Sir Arthur Lewis
Zachernus Simon Soufriere / Soufriere Comprehensive
Antoine Wilfred Canaries / Soufriere Comprehensive
Nyrone Winter Vieux Fort South / Vieux Fort Comprehensive
Cyril Cess Podd – Technical Director
Cassim Louis – Head Coach
Tim Moffat – Manager