EXCLUSIVE: St Kitts and Nevis team qualifies for CONCACAF Gold Cup

The Sugar Boyz of St Kitt and Nevis have qualified for the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the very first time in history.

EXCLUSIVE: St Kitts and Nevis team qualifies for CONCACAF Gold Cup
EXCLUSIVE: St Kitts and Nevis team qualifies for CONCACAF Gold Cup

St Kitts and Nevis: The Sugar Boyz of St Kitt and Nevis have qualified for the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the very first time in history. The team defeated French Guiana by 4-2 on penalties to clinch the spot in the tournament. 

The Concacaf Gold Cup Prelims match between St Kitts and Nevis Football team- Sugar Boyz and French Guiana has kicked off in Fort Lauderdale on June 20, 2023. 

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During the half time, the team of St Kitts and Nevis stood at one point, while French Guiana were yet to open their scores. Tiquanny “Tiki’ Williams breaks the deadlock by securing first point for Sugar Boyz. 

Through the victory in the match, the team will get final words of motivation from Technical Director Lenny Taylor at the team hotel before departing for the stadium.  

Before the match, the Sugar Boyz of St Kitts and Nevis got a dose of encouragement and inspiration from coach Austin Huggins and other members of the technical staff and SKNFA Executive as they prepared for their match against French Guiana in a matter of hours.

 Coach Huggins reminded them that he and assistant coach George “Yellowman” Isaac were once national players who were on the verge of making the Gold Cup but missed out. “We are right here on the doorstep. We just have to open the door and walk in,” he told the players. 

Captain Julani Archibald also spoke to his teammates and reminded them that the feeling of missing out on the Gold Cup in 2019 was not a nice feeling, and he does not want to have that experience again. The Sugar Boyz are amped and ready to go.

Earlier, the teams also hosted Watch Party for the match on June 20, 2023. t. Kitts and Nevis have a history with French Guiana, having first played them in the Caribbean Cup in 2014, defeating them 2-1. In 2016, the Sugar Boyz lost to them 1-0 also in the Caribbean Cup and drew 2-2 in 2019 in the Concacaf Nations League. 

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St Kitts and Nevis Football team’s last encounter was a 3-1 loss in 2019 in the Concacaf Nations League that resulted in relegation to League C of the Nations League.