After igniting in the Windward Islands Football Association’s (WIFA) tournament, St Vincent and the Grenadines’ senior men’s football team Vincy Heat, is expected to burn red hot this Thursday, March 21, at the Arnos Vale Playing Field, in the CONCACAF Nations League qualifiers against Bonaire.
Host federation, the SVG Football Federation (SVGFF), said it was anticipating another bumper turn out as was the case with the WIFA tournament, which was staged at the Victoria Park.
The SVGFF said in a promotional release, it is calling on Vincentians to represent their team by “wearing your replicas and waving your flags”.
Vincy Heat head into Thursday’s match, which kicks off at 3 p.m., as the favoured unit, having had greater football pedigree and has a better form most recently than their opponents.
St Vincent and the Grenadines thus far in the qualifiers have one win and two losses, scoring three goals and conceding five.
Vincy Heat were defeated by Nicaragua 2-0, but came back to edge out French Guiana 1-0.
However, a shock defeat at the feet of the Turks and Caicos Islands, has give the St Vincent and the Grenadines’ unit the drive to make amends in front of their adoring fans.
On the other hand, Bonaire’s two matches have ended in heavy defeats.
Yet to score a goal, Bonaire were beaten 5-0 by the Dominican Republic and by Jamaica 6-0.
At present, Vincy Heat are positioned 23rd on the 34 team table of the qualifiers, while Bonaire are eight places below, at 31st.
More so, Bonaire are yet to find the back of the net, having already conceded 11 goals.
Teams from the qualifiers which end in positions 1 to 6 will be placed in Nations League A, with positions 6 to 7, through to Nations League B.
All ten first placed teams will head to the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup, set for the USA.
Meanwhile, teams finishing from 11 to 22, will go in the Nations League B, with 23 to 34, placed in Nations League C.
The next phase of the Nations League will commence later this year.