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Caribbean Cup begins with VI vs Martinique today

The Virgin Islands Senior National Footballers left the territory on Sunday March 20, 2016 for Martinique for their first match of the 2016 Caribbean Cup. Photo: Provided
Following their Group 7 game against Martinique today March 22, 2016, the VI team will return home to face a second group game against Dominica on Saturday March 26, on the AO Shirley Recreation Ground at 4pm. Photo: Provided
Following their Group 7 game against Martinique today March 22, 2016, the VI team will return home to face a second group game against Dominica on Saturday March 26, on the AO Shirley Recreation Ground at 4pm. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Virgin Islands Senior National Footballers left the territory on Sunday March 20, 2016 for Martinique for their first match of the 2016 Caribbean Cup.

The Group 7 game is scheduled for today March 22, 2016 and then the VI team will return home to face a second group game against Dominica on Saturday March 26, on the AO Shirley Recreation Ground at 4pm.

Fan favourite Troy Caesar is back in the squad having missed the World Cup qualifiers in 2015 due to college obligations and is looking forward to reuniting with his old team mates and gelling with players new to him.

“Well first of all I have to give thanks to God who helped give me life to see a next tournament. After missing the world cup qualifier I realised how much I'm an integral part of the team, I also know being a part of the new look of the team is going to be a challenge but as players we have to adjust as fast as we can because this is my second time playing against Martinique and I know they are very good. It's just for the team to work hard and follow our coach’s tactics. I have confidence we can move on to the next round after how we played Dominica last March.”

Joining Caesar will be a couple of his college team mates, Josh Fines and James Quinn. “After meeting them for the first time I could tell their knowledge of the game and the way they played set them aside from most of my other teammates. Playing alongside Josh Fines, James Quinn and Lewis Jones we also built trust. Being together on and off the field I know they are going to help the team greatly,” commented Caesar.

Caesar is also well aware of what could be a large fan base of people with Dominican ties here in the VI and also of course already several of the team members have family from that island, such as Trevor Peters, Chris Telemaque, and Ceasar himself. “All the names you called are very talented players and playing with them for a number of years I know their potential, but again all the names you called have blood from Dominica but our birthplace is the BVI and I'm very excited to come back home to play even more against a country I always wanted to play.

“Before I left to come to the US a lot of local players and spectators knew how good I was and how great I can become and encouraged me to play, so coming back and play at home is an awesome feeling to see my family and friends. I just want everyone to come out and give their support because this team is going to change the way people look at BVI football,” Caesar stated.

The full squad includes;

Goal Keepers: Daniel Barker, Ben Chapman, Vesquever Frett

Defenders: Ryan Dicker, Troy Caesar, Karl Espley, Joshua Fines, James Quinn, Gregory James, Vanquever Frett

Midfielders: Jordon Johnson, Peter Monks, Kristan Javier, Lewis Jones, Gladstone Burke, Christopher Telemaque.)

Forward:Trevor Peters, Allon Williams.

Avondale Williams is the coach, John Riley the Asst. Coach and Sheldon Harry the Physio.

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