It will be the first international game for the Senior Men’s Team on home soil since 2016, since the devastation of Hurricane Irma and then COVID-19 caused the VI to play their international games, including the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and previous Nations League matches, overseas.
“It’s a big occasion for the BVI Football Association and we do encourage the public to come out and support our team,” President of the BVIFA Andrew D. Bickerton said during a press conference at Village Cay Conference Room on May 31, 2022.
“We had to play all of our home games away, which has been a big disadvantage for us so we’re really looking forward to being able now to play in front of our public,” Bickerton stated.
The BVIFA President noted there is a significant number of young players who were developed through the BVIFA’s youth programme who have now come into the national team squad, “so it is an opportunity for the public to see our young players representing their country for the first time.
National Coach and former Arsenal player Christopher M. Kiwomya who has been in the Territory since October 2021, said the players were encamped since last week and have been performing excellently.
“They work really hard and there’s been a good camaraderie in the team and we’ve just been working on the tactical side of elements.”
Cayman Islands are ranked 195th by FIFA while the Virgin Islands are ranked 209th, only above Anguilla and San Marino.
Coach Kiwomya; however, is not too worried about FIFA rankings.
“They are above us in the rankings but that doesn’t mean anything…I have asked all the players and [they] are looking forward to competing against the Cayman Islands.”
Mr Kiwomya also underscored the importance of home support.
“We really ask all supporters to come out there and be like the 12th man to really support the lads and get behind us because I really think if you get everything right on the day we can put in a good performance and get a good result and [that] would be a good start even if we don’t get the result that we want, as long as we can show that we can compete in every game and stay in the game that’s the main thing.”
The Virgin Islands will be skippered by Kavon Troy Caesar, who said he was pleased with what he has seen from the young players and look forward to a good game on Friday.
“We are ready to compete together with the support of the community,” Caesar stated.
The VI will then travel to Cayman Islands for their return leg on June 7, 2022.
Kick-off time on Friday is 4:00pm.
Tickets, which can be purchased from the BVIFA (call 494-5655) cost $10.00. Children under 12 years of age will pay $5.00.
The National Squad comprises Kavon Troy Caesar (Captain), Mekhi Waters, Daniel Gilford, Jerry Wiltshire, Phillip Nelson, Denvin Jones, Miguel Marshall, Justin Smith, Kristian Javier Samuel, Giovanni Grant, Ikyjah Williams, Alejandro Santos, T’Sharne Gallimore, Jamie Wilson, Liam Blok, Carlos Septus, Tyler Forbes, Jake Forbes, Luca Chalwell, Luka Reich, Levon Williams, Makimbo Demming and Quahlani Nickie.