BVI National Team
Lucia flogs BVI 9-0 in World Cup qualifier
St. Lucia flogged the
BVI 9-0 on Sunday in the second leg of their 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying
series. St. Lucia built a 3-0 halftime lead then exploded in the second half of
“They wanted this more
than us and they came at us. They had the tapes of the first game and they
studied our players, then came and put a good beating over us.” Technical
Director Michael Tulloch explained, noting that St. Lucia’s team had a different
mentality to the one the lost to 1-0 at home in February. “I have to admit, St.
Lucia team was a better team. They were more focused, they were commitment to
what they were all about while our players weren’t as committed to the cause,
but, that comes from preparations the level of support you have.”
Preparations for Sunday’s
match Tulloch said, was disrupted as the center of the A. O. Shirley Recreation
Grounds was dug up to prepare the field for the cricket season. This hampered
preparations for the last five weeks he said. “I was only able to train across
the field which is not even half of the field, so the players were not as agile
as I would have had them running across a full length field,” he said.
Tulloch said there must
be proper planning and preparation time, in order for BVI football to develop.
He said players must be better supported with equipment and have medical
supplies so that they can check on their health, and know how much pressure they
can take. “The basic welfare matters-sometimes things that players need they
have to dip into their own pockets to get it and I think that is bad. At least
support and equipment should be afforded the players so they can do their best.”
Tulloch said conditioning
is something that must be addressed. “Players are not disciplined and used to
the sort training that it takes to play at this higher level,” Tulloch noted.
“They have it very easy, because many of these guys, if they were in their
native countries, they couldn’t play for a national team. And seeing that you
can have that opportunity here, you should do more than normal to make sure that
you compete effectively.”
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