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Despite going down to Haiti in their second match of the Concacaf U-20 Qualifiers, the Young
Sugar Boyz would have learnt a lot from this experience, explains Coach Alexis Morris. The St.
Kitts and Nevis U-20 team were defeated 4-0 on Sunday February 25 th at the SKNFA Technical
Center, but Morris had a more philosophical view on the outcome. “It’s a great experience for
me…what we have gathered is that for players in St. Kits and Nevis, we can’ think that the
premier league is (the highest level), if we want to further our football we have to take it outside.
We go to look at the different places where we can get (professional) contracts,” Morris said. He
said our players were a bit too slow on technique, which put them at a disadvantage to Haiti. This
is an area that would need improvement, he said.

Nonetheless, the coach is of the view that the performance in Sunday’s match was much better
than their first match against Puerto Rico. “I could attest tonight, as was evident (in the second
half), that the Haitian team is not even two goals better than us. When you look at it, they got
three very soft goals from mistakes that we would have made and so, again where it went wrong,
I would say from the mistakes that our team made. Definitely we have to come better in
protecting the ball, keeping the ball and playing our style and expressing ourselves more,”
Morris said.
Meanwhile, Haitian Coach Angelo Jean Baptiste said his team has not been playing as a unit as
they have not been able to train together, and he hopes this can improve. “We have so many
things to fix from this game. We started two weeks ago. We don’t know all the players and they
don’t have the habit of playing together so we will fix stuff. Hopefully we will have a better
game against Puerto Rico,” he said.
St. Kitts and Nevis will on Tuesday at 7pm play their last match against the Cayman Islands,
who drew 1-1 with Puerto Rico earlier on Sunday. The Young Sugar Boyz will be playing for
pride, with the hope of finishing the competition with a win to place third in Group E.

CAPTION: Action between Haiti and St. Kitts and Nevis on Sunday February 25, 2024 at the
SKNFA Technical Center.

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