National Under-17s Snatch Opening CONCACAF Victory

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Antigua & Barbuda is off to a winning start in the CONCACAF Caribbean Women’s Under-17 Qualifiers being held in St. Lucia.
The Benna Girls defeated Aruba 2-1 on Tuesday night with goals coming from Danesia Wilson and Janequa Lewis in minutes 10 and 11 respectively as they contested Group C of the competition.
President of the Antigua & Barbuda Football Association (ABFA), Everton ‘Batow’ Gonsalves, in highlighting the recent successes of various national teams, congratulated the players on their victory.
“I just want to be early this time around in congratulating the female under-17s because I know a lot of people will be congratulating them and it’s a good thing where the under-15s have done well, the under-17s are on the right track and the under-20s didn’t do so bad so in terms of youth development. At our representative level the ABFA is particularly pleased with that particular sort of development,” he said.
The national under-15s recently returned from Florida where they dominated their group in the CONCACAF Under-15 Championships, winning all three of their group stage matches before losing 2-0 to the Cayman Islands in a championship contest.
The former national player also revealed that a meeting on foreign player quotas had taken place, and he elaborated by saying, “The committee which has the responsibility of looking at the pros and cons of a quota being installed in terms of the premier division and the other divisions, met last Friday and there was no consensus, but we have been asked to make written submissions as to what the recommendations would be and so those will be received by Friday of this week,” Gonsalves said.
“We will go over them again, and then at the end of those deliberations, we will make our recommendations to the executive as to whether the pros or cons exceed the other,” he added.
 Antigua & Barbuda will take on Bermuda on Thursday at 6 p.m. 

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