Courtesy of Observer Sports

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Manager of the Antigua & Barbuda senior football team, Fernando “Nando” Abraham, has officially thanked the public for their support against Haiti at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds last Friday.
The turnout, which is estimated to have been close to 10,000, was the largest since the start of Group F qualifiers here and according to Abraham the support of the Antigua people significantly enhanced the team’s chances of creating history.
“I just want to say thanks to the Antiguan public for the support for the support they gave us on Friday. I think that is the type of support we are looking for every day. Every time the Antigua team is playing that is the type of support I would really like to see and that is how we can motivate the team and get the players going,” he said.
The former national player encouraged those who turned out on Friday to make a habit the support of all national teams.
“I am hoping that the next showing we have in Antigua, we will see the kind of crowd we saw on Friday and they would be very upbeat and enthusiast and really show their support from the stand. So I just want to thank them, thank the media and everybody else who gave us support. It was fantastic and it was because of you that we were able to put this off,” he said.
Antigua & Barbuda defeated Haiti 1-0 to advance to the semi-final round of the competition where they will be grouped with the USA, Guatemala and Jamaica.
The semi-final round is slated to commence in June 2012.