Action in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines versus Nicaragua in the CONCACAF Nations League match on September 08, 2018 at the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground. #15 Kevin Francis of St. Vincent and the Grenadines holding off Nicaragua’s #19 Camphers Perez(photo: Robertson S. Henry)

KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES; WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 – The Barbados national senior men football team is scheduled to visit St. Vincent and the Grenadines for two International Friendlies.

The visit by the Barbados senior men was made possible, following an invitation which was communicated to Randolph Harris – president of the Barbados Football Association by president of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation, Marvin Fraser.

The invitation was accepted, and arriving in St. Vincent and the Grenadines next Wednesday September 26th, will be a twenty-three man Barbados football squad.

The Barbadians first game will be on Friday September 28th 2018 at the Victoria Park against the St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Under-20 football squad. Their second game is scheduled for the Chilli Playing Field on Sunday September 30th, against the St. Vincent and the Grenadines national senior men football team.

Last month Friday August 26, the St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Under-20 squad drew their encounter with the visiting Jamaica National Under-23 Olympic team at the Victoria Park.

Two days later on Sunday at the Chili Playing Field, before a large crowd, the St. Vincent and the Grenadines national senior men football team and the visiting Jamaica National Under-23 Olympic team, played to a pulsating 2-2 draw.

Days later, in their first CONCACAF Nations League match, St. Vincent and the Grenadines suffered a 0-2 defeat at home at the hands of Nicaragua on September 08, 2018 at the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground.

Notwithstanding, the St. Vincent and the Grenadines national senior men football team will be using the Sunday September 30th game as preparation ahead of their October 06, 2018 CONCACAF Nations League clash with French Guiana, in Cayenne.

According to an official of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation, “this is a good test for the players before the French Guiana game.”

Additionally, the September 28th game will allow the St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Under-20 squad technical team led by head coach Wayde Jackson, to further fine-tune strategy before their departure for the USA to participate in the CONCACAF Under-20 football championships; November 01 – 21, 2018.


Guyana’s Vurlon Mills (left) and #20 Trayon Bobb (centre) challenging Barbados #10 Hadan Holligan for possession of the ball during their clash in the CONCACAF Nations League at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora. (PHOTO: STABROEKNEWS)

Meanwhile Barbados is still smarting from poor performances in their last six international games, including the September 6th 2018 CONCACAF Nations League match against Guyana at the Guyana National Stadium in Lenora. In their last six international football games, Barbados has a record of four drawn games, and two defeats.

In International Friendlies, on June 03, 2018 Barbados drew 0-0 with Belize, and in the return game on August 04, 2018 in Belize, Barbados lost 0-1. At home, Barbados drew 2-2 with Jamaica on August 20th, drew 0-0 with Cuba on August 26th, and then lost 0-2 to Cuba on August 29th.

In the CONCACAF Nations League clash with Guyana in Guyana on September 6th 2018, Barbados equalised in the 65th minute through Hallam Hope, after Guyana went ahead in the 46th minute courtesy Trayon Bobb. Hope then sent Barbados into the lead in the 73rd minute, only for Neil Danns to equalise for the hosts in the 78th minute.

Both St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Barbados are seeking positive results ahead of upcoming CONCACAF Nations League fixtures. On the CONCACAF Nations League points table, Barbados occupies 15th position with one point and a zero goal difference, while St. Vincent and the Grenadines is in the 24th position, with a goal difference of minus 2. Both teams have played one game apiece.