Saint Lucia’s National Under-20 team is set for a stern test, ahead of action in the 2016 Blackheart/SLFA Knockout Football Tournament which is set to kick off today Saturday September 17, 2016; as well as next month’s Caribbean Football Union (CFU) finals in Curacao.

The Saint Lucia Under-20 team is in Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis, for an international friendly encounter against their Federation counterparts. The game will be played Saturday evening at Warner Park.

Both teams will be involved in the CFU finals in October, so this match this will be a warmup. Additionally the Saint Lucian team will also be involved in the Blackheart/SLFA Knockout Football Tournament from next week.

However, according to sports correspondent Terry Finisterre, the national Under-20 team will not be at full strength. Defender Joshua Solomon-Davies is on scholarship with Tranmere Rovers in England, while attacker Nyrone Winter and defender Melvin Doxilly, are also training in England.

Finisterre points out that with some of the youngsters opting to play for their district teams in the Blackheart tournament, this weekend’s friendly is an opportunity for most of the team to play together for the first time since the CFU opening round.

A plus for the team is that the core of the team comprises the group that advanced to the CONCACAF Under-17 finals in Honduras in 2015, so the technical staff will be approaching this game with a high degree of confidence.

The team is being accompanied by technical director Cyril ‘Ces’ Podd, and Saint Lucia Football Association president, Lyndon Cooper.