An occasional game without follow up plans doesn’t cut it. And after last weekend’s BVI’s 6-0 loss to St. Vincent and the Grenadines to end the BVI Football Association’s 40th Anniversary activities with a 1-3 record, Coach Avondale “Avon” Williams identified something that must be address if the sport is to further development.
Following St. Vincent and the Grenadines victory that saw the tourists missing more second half goals than they scored, Williams, said that they need to have a structure in place while St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Coach Cornelius Huggins noted his opponents should have a greater youth focus.
“We have to have a structure in place coming from the youths through to the seniors,” Williams noted. “Until then, it would be very, very difficult for us to compete against countries like St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Martinique and Guadeloupe among others. We also don’t have fitness and conditioning or gym work either. The technique of our young players—to give you the quality players to get out there and compete is not there as yet. We still have to structure our youth system to get to that level.”
The BVI’s only victory came from its U15 Girls team during a 5-0 win over St. Thomas’ Laraza. The BVI’s U15 Boys suffered a 6-2 loss to Laraza, before the USVI Women’s team dropped a 3-0 defeat on the hosts.
Against St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the USVI Women’s team, the BVI brought in several English players to bolster the team. Williams said that was a quick fix as the new players were only on island five days before the match and it was hard to gel five players in five days.
“If we didn’t incorporate those players, I don’t think we would have fielded a team because of the injuries and other players that were missing,” Williams noted.
Huggins said his team was using the match against BVI as a tune up for the Digicel competition that begins in Guadeloupe on Oct 7. He suggested players listen to the coach and improve their fitness, which is a key component of their game.
The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Coach emphasized the importance of developing young players as his team has nine players between 17-20 with the oldest at 31 while the BVI had three with it’s oldest at 39.
“The youth is the way forward,” Huggins said nothing that they are preparing for the 2018 FIFA World Cup preliminary competition with them. “If you have an older player, he has to be bringing something to the table—that’s my thing. Everybody is going for the youths so we have to try and get them more involved going forward.”