BVI Women hosting Haiti Saturday in first Concacaf home match

The BVI Women’s Football team before departing for St. Vincent and the Grenadines to play on Wednesday. They’ll face Haiti at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the A. O. Shirley Grounds

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

A BVI Women’s Football team will make history Saturday, when they host Haiti at the A. O. Shirley Grounds at 4 p.m., in a Concacaf region qualifying match for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, to be staged in New Zealand and Australia.

This match comes after playing in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Wednesday and is the first women’s home match since 2014, when the BVI hosted Anguilla and  the USVI, to mark the BVI Football Association’s 40th Anniversary formation.

The BVI lost its first matches to Cuba and Honduras in Honduras. In a statement before departing to play in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Coach Wayne Phillip said:  “Training has been going excellent. The girls are full of confidence and looking forward to the challenge. I am sure they will give a good account of themselves and we are going out there to do well. We cannot afford to be overconfident but definitely want to play them on the front foot. In practice games the defense has looked more organized, and at the other end we have been scoring goals.”

While there might be changes for the Haiti match, the squad for the St. Vincent and the Grenadines leg were: Ariel Mohamed, Captain (Wolues FC). Zariya Smith, Vice-Captain (Panthers FC), Kara Lewis (Panthers FC), Lil-Makeda Fahie (Avengers FC), Gabrielle Jermyn (Wolues FC), Jasmine Cox (Holland FC), Keeley Brickwood (Holland FC), Alicia King (DeMontford University), Shevonne Vanterpool,  (Virgin Gorda United), Zina Cheikh (Oakham United), Olivia Messum (DeMontford University), Chandni Wattley (Panthers FC), Britney  Peters (Avengers FC), Darci Reich (Wolues FC), Morgan Creque (Panthers FC), Zolita Bamford (Wolues FC), Laverne “Ebony” Fahie (Avengers FC), Kiara Woodley (Wolues FC), Jackisha Rigobert (Virgin Gorda United) and Kimberly Smith (Wolues FC).

Head Coach is Wayne Phillip, Assistant Coach, Jeffrey Demming, Manager, Linda Magliore and Team Physio, Sheldon Harry.

Tickets for the Haiti game are still available from the BVIFA office at 494-5655 and there is also a special deal for fans from Virgin Gorda with a round trip Ferry crossing on Speedy’s included with the match ticket price.

Adults are $10 and children U12 just 5$ (VG Special is $30 adults and $20 U12’s)