The Antigua & Barbuda national women’s team was formed in 1990 by the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) during the tenure of former President Ralph Potter.
The Benna girls are undergoing intensive training to compete in Group 1 of the inaugural Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women’s senior Caribbean Cup tournament starting on May 23, when they host Aruba, St Vincent & the Grenadines and the US Virgin Islands.
The team has played three international friendlies against Guadeloupe in 2011, but has never participated in any Caribbean Football Union (CFU) endorsed tournament before.
All eyes are set on National Coach Rowan Isaac who will be leading the team into battle with a core of local and overseas based experienced players.
The team will be boosted by the capabilities of overseas players such as Amelia Greene who attends the University of South Carolina Salkehatchie and Kadijah Morris of Bryant & Stratton (Syracuse) in defense.
Argel London of Missouri Baptiste University/Bryant & Stratton (Syracuse) and Kai Jacobs playing up front; to be joined by midfielder Devikka Tittle who attends Missouri Baptiste University/Bryant & Stratton (Syracuse).
The CFU BEACON caught up with Coach Isaac and asked him what are his aspirations for this the tournament, his response was very optimistic.
“We expect to win our group and bring a sense of pride back into Women's football here in Antigua and Barbuda while displaying good football on the pitch.
“I think this tournament is a great idea as it now gives the Women a chance to play for something more than just a place in the CONCACAF finals. Now females around the CFU region can now look forward to high level competitions among themselves just like what the Men have in their version of the Caribbean Cup.”
On the matter of team preparations Isaac said; “We have had very good training sessions in the last four months and we are now adding a level of intensity in drills and training that the girls have never done before but they have been coping well. We have also been working a lot on our ball possession as that is key to our plan to compete in this tournament and reach to finals.”