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Vincy Under-15 footballers stopped


The Vincentian Under-15 Footballers are using their experience from their sojourn at the Caribbean Union Under-15 competition to sharpen readiness for future tournaments.

That’s the word from manager Rohan Thomas.

He was speaking from Trinidad last Wednesday morning prior to the team’s return home. {{more}}

The Vincentians lost their quarterfinal encounter 4:0 to Guatemala. Next year, there will be an under 16 tournament again in Trinidad and Tobago, which will also be used as a precursor for the World Under 17 championship carded for August 4 to 14, 2007.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines are expected to be part of the Concacaf qualifying zone.

Thomas alluded to the culture shock the squad experienced.

He noted the level of skill, management, and preparedness of the Vincentians as way below that of their opponents.

“Their level is above,” Thomas said. He alluded to a team doctor, which the Jamaicans had in their network, and other support staff, factors overlooked by the local touring party.

Thomas described it as a “test to see where we are.” Guatemala moved into a semifinal clash with host Trinidad and Tobago, while Jamaica advanced to the semifinal stage to take on Canada.

The Vincentians beat Bahamas 2: 0, British virgin Islands 14: 0, and lost to Jamaica 12: 0.

They progressed by virtue of being one of the best second placed teams.