St. John’s, Antigua – There was a massive party atmosphere in the village of five Islands as large crowds gathered in celebration of promotion to the ABFA premier league. The club’s celebration was held from 3pm until late hours of the night as the former 3 peat champions of the 70s finally made their return.
After 25 years of being in the wilderness of the local football. The Five Islands F.C made a dramatic return back to the ABFA Premier Division. After losing key matches during the regular season the club was given a final lifeline in the promotion playoffs. In the playoffs, Five Islands faced promotion chasing Empire F.C and Willikies F.C whom were trying to avoid the drop from the Premier Division.
After two matches, the club was successful in its return back to the top flight of Antigua football. President and former national team captain Fernando Abraham stated his pleasure at returning to the Premier League.
“I will say that this is an emotional moment for me, as we have been trying for a long time to get the team back where it belongs, which is the ABFA Premier League.” Said Abraham
When ask during the celebrations if he thought his club would remain in the top flight after the upcoming season Abraham said “Well we will have to of course look at the current squad and look at the areas where improvement is needed , from there I feel that surviving this season will be a possibility.”
The Five Islands F.C earned promotion back to the ABFA Premier Division after finishing top of the promotion playoffs after the 2013/14 regular First Division season.