The Caribbean Football Union (CFU) continues in its quest to successfully stage the inaugural Women’s Caribbean Cup despite the withdrawal of some teams.
Due to a myriad of reasons Dominica, Guadeloupe and now Anguilla have all withdrawn from the competition. The CFU recently received official communication from the Anguilla Football Association that they would no longer be able to compete in Group 5 of the historic Tournament.
The Anguilla National Women’s Team informed the CFU that they were issued a Medical Certificate from the Health Authority of Anguilla confirming that four (4) of their players have been diagnosed with the Chikungunya Virus.
Their Health Authority has issued a travel advisory to the team, and has recommended that all the players be tested and monitored for a period of fourteen (14) days.
This recommendation is in an attempt to avoid the further spreading of the virus. Dominica was the first team to announce their non-participation in Group 2 due to some members not receiving their United States Visas in time.
This disappointment was compounded by the subsequent withdrawal of Ligue Guadeloupe in Group 4 who pulled out because of the outbreak of the Chikungunya Virus in that country.
The CFU is disheartened by these situations that has played an undesirable part in the development of the game in the Caribbean region and unreservedly apologise to all concerned and genuinely hope that this Virus is controlled as soon as possible.