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UPDATE: Forbes strikes twice but so does lightning!

- as VI lose 2-4 to Bonaire in CONCACAF Nations League opener
A Bonaire player heads the football during a Group B CONCACAF Nations League match at the Stadion Ergilio Hato Willemstad, Curacao on September 6, 2019. Photo: Sportsmax
The Senior Virgin Islands Football Team will be full of confidence coming up against Bonaire in the CONCACAF Nations League today, September 6, 2019 in Curacao. Photo: BVIFA/Facebook
The Senior Virgin Islands Football Team will be full of confidence coming up against Bonaire in the CONCACAF Nations League today, September 6, 2019 in Curacao. Photo: BVIFA/Facebook
Captain of the Senior Virgin Islands Football team, Kavon T. Caesar aka ‘Troy’, left, is confident the coaching staff and the team are ready for the game against Bonaire today, September 6, 2019. Photo: Facebook
Captain of the Senior Virgin Islands Football team, Kavon T. Caesar aka ‘Troy’, left, is confident the coaching staff and the team are ready for the game against Bonaire today, September 6, 2019. Photo: Facebook
The Senior Virgin Islands Football Team at a training session in Curacao on September 5, 2019. Photo: BVIFA/Facebook
The Senior Virgin Islands Football Team at a training session in Curacao on September 5, 2019. Photo: BVIFA/Facebook
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao- Lightning struck twice for the Senior Virgin Islands Football Team on September 6, 2019 when they lost 2-4 to Bonaire in their opening game of the CONCACAF Nations League in Curacao.

The Virgin Islands last played Bonaire in Anguilla in March and were handed a heartrending loss when Bonaire score in the 89th minute to win 2-1.

Yesterday, at the Ergilio Hato Stadium in Willemstad, the Virgin Islands found themselves in the lead in the 31st minute when Tyler Forbes capitalised on a left footed cross from Joshua Bertie and fired into the bottom left corner of Bonaire’s goal.

The VI boys would maintain that lead until Bonaire responded with 3 goals in nine minutes.

The equaliser for Bonaire came in the 74th minute when Edshel Martha pounced on a loose ball in the box.

Jursten Trinidad would then score for Bonaire in the 78th and 81st minutes, before Martha took advantage of some lacklustre defending to complete his double in the 83rd minute.

Forbes would then pull one back for the Virgin Islands in added time (90+2).

The Virgin Islands are now slated to play Bahamas on September 9, 2019 at the Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas.

See previous article published September 6, 2019

VI ‘ready’ for Bonaire in CONCACAF Nations League

Following their narrow defeat (2-1) to Bonaire back in March 24, 2019, the Senior Virgin Islands Football Team will be full of confidence and purpose coming up against the same opponents in the CONCACAF Nations League today, September 6, 2019 in Curacao.

The match will be played at the Ergilio Hato Stadium in Willemstad from 3:00 pm.

Captain of the Kavon T. Caesar aka ‘Troy’, speaking to Virgin Islands news Online from Curacao this morning, said he was grateful to God “for helping us to be in this position we are today, especially me and the national team representing the British Virgin Islands.”

Caesar reflected on the last meeting with Bonaire in Anguilla, noting that it was “a couple of mistakes” that caused the Virgin Islands the game.

“The coaching staff came together in July where we had a camp and we made sure that we fixed those problems for the match today.”

That said, Caesar said he is confident that the coaching staff and the team are ready for the game against Bonaire.”

Historic day for VI

Today also being the 2nd anniversary of the passage of the destructive category 5 storm, Hurricane Irma, over the Virgin Islands, Caesar said the team will want to produce nothing but positive results for the territory, which is still in its rebuilding phase.

“Because we all know what happened two years ago. I don’t want to dwell on the past but we know that today is a historic day for the British Virgin Islands.”

The Virgin Islands has been grouped with Bonaire and Bahamas in group B of League C. The first match against Bahamas is on September 9, 2019 at the Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas.

The 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League is the inaugural season of the CONCACAF Nations League, an international association football competition involving the men's national teams of the 41 member associations of CONCACAF.

See link below for live broadcast of game between VI & Bonaire today:

https://www.oz.com/concacafgo/video/43af98b3-a826-4168-98e7-454331888e46?fbclid=IwAR0CNOxjs-1tecAE9y3gsV95IzyKFjcZzWHn80AsCaSzOUb5Tid9-9LwDPA

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