Brentford midfield player Romaine Sawyers was unable to stop St Kitts and Nevis slipping to defeat against Canada last night. The Caribbean country are participating in the qualifying stages of the CONCACAF Nations League over the course of the season and lost 1-0 to Canada in the third of their four matches. Romaine played the full 90 minutes for St Kitts but could not help his country get the result.
The only goal was scored by Canada captain Atiba Hutchinson just before half time. He headed in a cross from the left from 14 yards to settle the contest in favour of the away team. That handed St Kitts their first defeat in the CONCACAF Nations League qualification rounds.
Romaine had helped St Kitts beat Puerto Rico and Saint Martin so far this season and they have one more match to play. Each country plays four matches, two at home and two away, and will be ranked at the end of the fixture schedule in March. St Kitts’ final match is against Suriname. The top ten of the 34 competing nations will join the six that finished top in the CONCACAF qualification section for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the regional championship for North American, Central American and Caribbean nations.
St Kitts are currently seventh in the standings and a win against Suriname will almost certainly ensure they qualify for the Gold Cup. It could also place them in the top six in the table and put them in League A in the 2019/20 CONCACAF Nations League, a new tournament involving all 41 counties in the region featuring promotion and relegation. That tournament will be played across the 2019/20 season with most matches next autumn.
St Kitts have played six games so far in 2018, drawing with Nicaragua and losing to Dominican Republic and Jamaica before the Nations League games. Romaine has played in four of those games, including the last three and now has 25 caps for his country. He has played seven times for St Kitts since joining Brentford from Walsall in the summer of 2016.