ST JOHN’S, Antigua – President of Antigua & Barbuda Football Association (ABFA), Everton “Batow” Gonsalves, has assured that Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds will be ready ahead of the country’s fixture against Caribbean powerhouse Jamaica in Group A of the ongoing 2014 World Cup semi-final qualifiers.
The former national player, during an interview on Monday, said that all the major requirements to bring the facility up to FIFA accepted standards have been met but added there are some “little things” they are still trying to have rectified.
“When you buy your bottled water you won’t be able to get it with the cork on because that will become a missile so when you buy your water the vendors will hold the cork and you will just walk with your bottle of water. You can’t go on the field at any time at all, so there will be security around the field area,” he said.
“But the major things like defibrillator and lighting, we went through all those things already and everything is fine unless there is something we didn’t see because the kind of requirements we are seeing now, not the major things, some little things that we never imagined would have been a part of the list,” Gonsalves said.
The president further indicated that there would have been a final inspection at some point on Monday by the Barbadian match commissioner, Patrick Beckles, who would give the final word as to whether or not the facility is up to par.
“We think that everything is in order but as I said, this is a very meticulous man, so I hope that there won’t be anything that we have left undone. But we have that final inspection so I would be able to report back if there are additional stuff that needs to be done; but from where I sit, everything needs to be in order,” he said.
The Antigua & Barbuda Benna Boys will take on Jamaica’s Reggae Boys at the facility on Tuesday night in what will be the second Group A fixture for both teams.
On Friday, Antigua & Barbuda were defeated 3-1 by the USA in their opening match, while Jamaica won their contest over Guatemala 2-1.
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