Gwen Salmon: Replacement tournament for under-17s now scheduled for December

Vice President of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA), Gwen Salmon
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By Neto Baptiste

Vice President of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA), Gwen Salmon, has revealed that the planned “tournament” involving the country’s national under-17 girls’ team could now take place in December after it was originally scheduled for this month in Grenada.

Salmon, who is also head of women’s football within the ABFA, said plans are being finalised in order to meet the new date somewhere around the middle of the targeted month.    

“We discussed this yesterday [Tuesday] on a call and we are looking to have that in the middle of December when schools will be closed and all four countries will be looking to get together so that is our number one priority in terms of getting these ladies matches before year end. We have already looked at a date so we are just working towards finalising that now,” she said. 

It was revealed late last week that new Covid protocols in Grenada stipulate that all arriving and national athletes must be fully vaccinated in order to take part in the competition. Reports are that prior to a spike in Grenada, players with only a first dose of their chosen jab would have been allowed to enter and compete.

Salmon assured that all players scheduled to make the trip will be fully vaccinated before the next scheduled date for the tournament.

“By the 2nd of December all of the players involved in Antigua and Barbuda national teams will be fully vaccinated. Our senior women’s national team is fully vaccinated, our under-20 team is fully vaccinated and by the 2nd of December the under-17 team will be fully vaccinated,” she said.

Four other teams, St Lucia, St Vincent, Dominica and hosts Grenada, were slated to compete against each other. Reports however suggest that Dominica may not be able to make the December date.

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