The Antigua & Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) has named a 20-member squad ahead of Wednesday’s clash against Anguilla in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Caribbean Cup.
Goalkeepers Molvin James and Brenton Mohammed top the list and are joined by defenders Ranjae Christian, George “Sowa” Dublin, Akeem “Leppy” Thomas, Karanja Mack, Connor Peters and Mervyn Hazelwood.
Midfielders Kieran Murtagh, Josh Parker, Quinton Griffith, Odell Murray, Tamarley “Ziggy” Thomas, Tavaughn “Peter Reds” Harriett, Gason “Bubbler” Gregory, Romario Braithwaite and Calaum Jahraldo-Martinare also included.
Strikers Peter “Big Pete” Byers, Nathaniel Jarvis and Okeem “Soda” Challenger complete the line-up.
Coach Rolston “Debu” Williams said he hopes all players, both locally and overseas-based, will bring a level of maturity and professionalism to the team.
“Professionalism is an attitude, it’s not about you getting paid because some people get paid but they are not professionals because they don’t carry themselves in a professional manner. Professionalism is an attitude so I hope they bring that attitude to the team, work ethics, the whole camaraderie and everything that it pertains to be a good team so I am just looking forward to that so that we can jell together as a team quickly because we don’t have much time,” he said.
Benna Boys are slated to kick off their qualification campaign in Wednesday’s feature match set to start at 7 pm at the Antigua Recreation Grounds (ARG).
Public support, Williams said, will be a key factor in motivating the players.
“We are home and we need to feel like we’re home so we need the public’s support. I am asking the Antiguan public to come out in their numbers and to chant the Antigua & Barbuda Benna Boys on Wednesday night, Friday night and Sunday night. It is very important for us to go through to the next round so I am asking for their support,” the coach said.
Media Officer with the ABFA, Troy Gibson, assured that preparations for the opening day’s play are on course.
“The ground is basically ready; we are doing the final touches. The officials are also on ground and will be doing their inspection today (Monday) and teams will be expected tomorrow. Transportation is set, hotels are set and we are just ready to go on Wednesday,” he said.
“The tickets will only be sold at the grounds and the gates will be open at 4p.m. on game days so from Wednesday we will have all the tickets ready for all the matches so if on Wednesday you need a ticket for an advanced match you can ask it,” Gibson added.
Adults will pay an entrance fee of $15 while children under 12 will pay $5.