BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – A late strike from Rowan Liburd ensured that the St. Kitts-Nevis Sugar Boyz secured a point from their second game in the CONCACAF Nations League.
Playing at the Warner Park Football Stadium on Sunday evening (Sept. 8), the Sugar Boyz drew 2-2 with French Guiana.
The visitors drew first blood through Carino Atchaliso in the 34th minute, but four minutes into the second half, the equalizer came off the boot of Gvaune Amory.
However, a defensive blunder saw the Frenchmen taking a 2-1 lead when Alex Eric netted in 50th minute.
Liburd then equalized the score in the 75th minute to give the Sugar Boyz their first point of the Nations League competition.
The Sugar Boyz had suffered a 2-1 defeat in their opening game against the Grenadians in St. George’s.
Head Coach of the National Team, Jeffrey Hazel commended the Sugar Boyz for their efforts, but acknowledged that they had made a few mistakes in the game.
“...we can’t make mistakes in this tournament. We made a few mistakes and they capitalize and then we were able to come back and score two good goals.”
Hazel noted that there were a number of opportunities that they failed to capitalize on. He however agreed that they need to regroup as a unit and focus on the remainder of the competition.
Coach of the French Guiana team was disappointed with only walking away with a point from the clash.
“It is not what we wanted…we are going to learn from this and the errors that we made. We are going to have to work on it and improve for the next game.”
The Sugar Boyz will now take a break before their next clash slated for October.