Saint Lucia’s national women’s football team is in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for the inaugural Windward Islands Women’s Football Championship.
The team is led by head coach Franklin Dupigny, along with Zephtan Grey as his assistant, manager Jackie Henry and Saint Lucia Football Association technical director, Cyril ‘Ces’ Podd.
In its most recent outing, last June, Saint Lucia lost 0-14 to Jamaica and 0-7 to Dominican Republic in a FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifier. Before that, FIFA records indicate the last time Saint Lucia’s women played was 2010, losing 4-3 to Barbados, again in a World Cup Qualifier.
According to coach Dupigny, there has been substantial turnover from last year’s team.
“This is sort of a development team,” he said. “We are looking at mainly younger players, as we try to rebuild the women’s national team.”
Saint Lucia opens its campaign on Tuesday from 7 p.m. at Victoria Park, Kingstown, against the home team. On Thursday, they will meet Grenada from 5 p.m. and on Saturday, they conclude against Dominica from the same time.
From Vieux Fort North, the squad includes central defenders Nicier Octave and Chantal Aldonza, attacking midfielder Samara Edward and her twin sister Tamara, a left half. Hailing from Vieux Fort South are Migesh Antoine, a central defender, and goalkeeper Rickel Mentor, making her national team return.
Dennery forward Joan Alphonse, central defender Chrissy Edward, attacking midfielder Silvie Willie and defender Lana Vitalis are in the travelling unit. Goalkeeper Turna Thomas and forward Shamalyn Albert join the side from Mabouya Valley. Marchand is represented by female Footballer of the Year and defensive midfielder Ellaisa Marquis, defender Castel Vitalis and right half Franny Wilkie.
Soufriere has forward Sasha Prospere, midfielder Shaunasha Prevost, defender Janella Didier, goalkeeper Zanah Bernard and left half Tangi Lansiquot.
The head coach has said that this being a brand new competition, he and his team are not sure what to expect, so they are going to gauge the strength of the opposition, ascertain the national team’s strengths and weaknesses, and work from there.
Saint Lucia are defending champions in the Windward Islands men’s competition, which the SLFA will host in May.