Saint Lucia gears up to host CONCACAF Nations League, Women Gold Cup 2023

Saint Lucia is all set to host the matches of both CONCACAF Nation League competition and the CONCACAF Women Gold Cup for next seven months.

Saint Lucia gears up to host CONCACAF Nations League, Women Gold Cup 2023
Saint Lucia gears up to host CONCACAF Nations League, Women Gold Cup 2023

Castries, Saint Lucia: Saint Lucia is all set to host the matches of both CONCACAF Nation League competition and the CONCACAF Women Gold Cup for next seven months.

Ministry of the Youth Development and Sports of Sain Lucia said that the plans have been progressing smoothly for their successful hosting. The hosting of the such matches will lead the players and team to play in the FIFA Club World Cup.

As per the current format of the tournament, the winners of the 2023-24 CONCACAF Nations League will qualify for the 2024 Copa America, United States. CONCACAF will give six nations to participate in the 16-team tournament.

Saint Lucia has made his place in the Women’s World Cup format for the first time. It participated in the Women’s Gold Cup alongside Guadeloupe and Cuba in their region.

President of Saint Lucia Football Association said that the women must be provided equal opportunity as their male counterparts. They will participate in both regional and international competitions. He further added that they welcome additional partnerships and make Saint Lucia to qualify for the World Cup.

The 2023-24 Concacaf Nations League kick-started on Thursday, September 7, 2023. The teams of the League B have competed on the opening day. In the first match of the tournament, Saint Lucia secured victory against Sint Maarten with 5- 1 scores. The match was held in the group A at the Stadion Rignaal Jean Francisca in Willemstad, Curaçao.

While taking quick lead in the match, Saint Lucia provided early threats in attack at the top of the box in the 25th minute.

Poleon from Saint Lucia make the country to take the lead in the opening goal in the 45th minute. The country finishes with counter attack on the opposite half. Poleon get the assistance from Gregson President and scored for a second time.

After that, Sint Maarten also secured one score for the team making the scores look like 2-1. Amatkarijo curled into the top right corner of Goal Keeper Vino Barclett’s goal in the 51st minute.

Reeco Hackett-Fairchild retook the momentum for Saint Lucia by scoring in the 57th minute to make it 3-1 for the visitors. The opportunity came from a corner kick that was disputed until President found his teammate for a second assist on the night.

Poleon’s hold-up play and footwork inside the box assisted second-half substitute Ridel Stanislas convert the fourth goal for Saint Lucia. Poleon completed his hat-trick in the 89th minute thanks to a ball inside the penalty area from Leaus Henville via Stanislas.