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VI's under-14 footballers to defend Territory in Jamaica tourney

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August 15th, 2018 | Tags:
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ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Virgin Islands' (VI) boys under-14, football team is getting ready to depart the Territory for a tournament in Jamaica that ‘can easily be deemed the tournament of their young lives.”

The VI team will leave for Jamaica to participate in the Caribbean Football Union's (CFU) tournament, to be held from August, 18 2018, to August 29, 2018.

This, according to a statement from the team, dated August 15, 2018, which notes that the VI team has found themselves in group-F, consisting Barbados, Suriname, Grenada and the host nation Jamaica.

Hot Group

“Needless to say, the BVI team has found themselves in what can surely be termed as a hot group,” said head coach, Jamie Wilson.

He reiterated—in the team statement—that since the team’s coming together in preparation for the CFU tournament, “there has been a real positive increase in attitude and their approach to the task at hand.”

He reports that “the guys have really come together and worked hard and I have also set high expectations of the guys, as I want to make sure that they understand what we are going into and to ensure we are fully prepared to be the best we can be.”

Wilson said, “we are confident of our own ability, we are confident about the way that we play, we have had a lot of time to get in shape and practice how we are going to play…We have looked at multiple scenarios we could possibly find our self in and studied being able to anticipate what could happen in a game and what we need to do to support each other to ensure we are the strongest team we can be under pressure.”

World Cup 2026

Assistant coach and understudy, Thomas Albert, was quoted in the statement—speaking to the team’s performance—saying, “the team has been working extremely hard in preparation for this very difficult assignment and they have persevered in training irrespective of sun or rain during training sessions.

President of the British Virgin Islands Football Association (BVIFA), Andy Bickerton, was also very optimistic about the performance of the young men on their way to Jamaica.

He used the opportunity to note also, “that this team is actually part of the build-up in preparation for the World Cup 2026” when the number of teams participating in the World Cup will be expanded to 48 while the event will be held in North America, Canada, Mexico and the United States.

The team will leave the territory on Thursday 16, 2018, with their first game on the August 18, 2018 versus Barbados, followed by a ‘very tough game’ against host team Jamaica on the August 20, 2018.

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