Former national footballer lauds FA’s efforts to revive women’s game

A section of the crowd at a women’s football match at the ABFA’s technical center on Factory Road. (Photo courtesy ABFA)
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By Neto Baptiste

Former national footballer, Georgetta Lewis, has commended the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) for its recent efforts to revive and reinvest in the women’s version of the game.

Lewis, who represented Antigua and Barbuda throughout the late ‘90s and early 2000s, said the FA’s recent exploits have served to not only generate interest amongst players, but also amongst the public at large.

“I think it’s the most support I’ve ever seen, and when I say support, I mean like whosoever came in the stands as spectators, and it’s not just the regular people just standing on the sidelines and watching a game; a few people who are maybe involved in the clubs for the teams playing on the day. I have to give thanks to Lisa Cole who contributed a lot. She has been working along with the ABFA and the members and whatever it is she had to bring to the table, I appreciate it and I hope everybody else does,” she said. 

The women’s league, just like the men’s competitions, was postponed in March due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but with matches being played at the football association’s technical center located just east of the Police Recreation Grounds on Sir Sydney Walling Highway, a lot of interest had been generated in the restructured competition.

“We are not where we want to be, but and of course there is a lot of [thinking] on what should happen, what should be done and how it could be done but I must definitely say that we have come a long way. If we compare it to the last league that we had up at the tech center, it was a lot more organised, it was more pleasing and more exciting, it was a lot more pleasing on the eyes,” Lewis said.

At the time of the postponement, Cutting Edge and Ottos Tigress led the competition on 12 points each, while Lady Hoppers lay third with 10 points.

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