The Caribbean team that will face El Salvador between Saturday and Tuesday has interesting elements to know, although on paper, it leaves the nationals as favorites
El Salvador is two games away from the Concacaf Octagonal Final. His rival will be Saint Kitts and Nevis or Saint Kitts and Nevis, as is its official name. The matches will be played between this Saturday and Tuesday, so it will be soon that the final destination of the Salvadoran team will be known. This note will help to understand some elements about the next opponent.
How did Saint Kitts and Nevis get into this round?
From the outset, a surprise. The Caribbeans won Group F, which was made up of Trinidad and Tobago, Puerto Rico, Guyana and the Bahamas. The people of San Cristobal won three of the four matches in their group, only losing Tuesday’s against Trinidad and Tobago, but it should be noted that this match was played with several substitutes, already thinking about the series against El Salvador.
In reality, Saint Kitts and Nevis ended up qualifying due to the disaster of Trinidad and Tobago, which drew without goals against the Bahamas, thus running out of options to advance and reached the last date, against Saint Kitts, to a pending match.
Their debut was a 1-0 victory against Puerto Rico at home and with a goal from Vinceroy Nelson, then they thrashed the Bahamas 4-0 as a visitor with goals from Keithroy Freeman (2), Kimaree Rogers and Omari Sterling-Jones, last Friday they won 3-0 to Guyana, with another double from Keithroy Freeman and a goal from Romaine Sawyers.
Who are the figures of Saint Kitts and Nevis?
The most prominent figure in this selection is Romaine Sawyers, who was born in Birmingham, England on November 2, 1991. He is a player who plays for the Caribbean because of the ancestry of his parents and has made his career in that country. His current team is West Bromwich Albion, a team that has just been relegated to the English Premier League, where they played 19 games this season and 1490 minutes.
This team, like many in the Caribbean, has many players with dual nationality and that is their base, another case is the forward Keithroy Freeman, who with his four goals becomes another player to watch. He is born on the island and plays for St. Pauls’s United in the local league.
Omari Sterling-Jones is another Briton-San Cristobal, since he was born in Birmingham and has also only played in that country. He is now part of the Kidderminster Harriers of the Conference North-South, a sort of English fifth division. Their starting goalkeeper is Julani Kyle Archibald, who is also the starting goalkeeper for Real de Minas in the Honduran first division.
Its technician is Leonardo Neiva, of Brazilian origin with 43 years of age. He took command of this team last March and his first game was the victory against Puerto Rico, described earlier in this note. His only recorded technical experience was with Honda FC Thailand in 2017.
They are ranked 135th in the FIFA rankings and 14th at the Concacaf level. His best position is 73rd, achieved during 2016 and 2017.