Rowe: We must accept where we are now
September 16, 2011
Rowe: We must accept where we are now

Technical Director and Head Coach of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation (SVGFF) Colwyn Rowe has advised the members of the national football team to accept where they are as a team, in order for there to be improvement.{{more}}

At a recent Press Conference at the Football Federation Office at Victoria Park, Rowe said: “We must accept where we are, and once we accept where we are, then we can try to aspire to a higher level, or try to get to where we want to be.

“Now, if we already think we are there, then we are not going to get any better,” the English man said.

A confident Rowe further stated that the national team will in due time become a force to be reckoned with.

“We will improve, and if I stay here for the next 2 or 3 years and am still involved with the national team, I think we will be a force within the small islands, but we have to be realistic in what we can achieve,” he added.

According to the Technical Director, there is the need for more coach education and youth development.

“Coaching and youth development is something that I have a great feeling for, and it is needed in this country.

“If you look at our team that will be playing against Grenada on Sunday (September 18), the average age is around 21 years of age, except for senior player Cornelius Huggins. Now, that’s unbelievable, but I think that we need to continue with that team, so that in 3 to 4 years time, we would become a stronger team, and while doing that, we will also be concentrating on grooming the lower ages between 17 and 20, so that we can have a conveyor belt of players coming through, because we don’t have that now,” Rowe explained.

Meanwhile, following a four-nil defeat against Guatemala in the first leg of their second round of Group E of the CONCACAF Qualifiers, Vincy Heat regained their composure to defeat Dominica one-nil in an International friendly on Sunday, September 11.

However, the team will now seek to continue the winning streak on another level as they prepare to face Grenada in their second game of the qualifiers to be played on Sunday, September 18.(AA)