Antigua and Barbuda national football team

The Antigua and Barbuda national football team is the national team of Antigua and Barbuda and is controlled by the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association, a member of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football and the Caribbean Football Union.

Antigua and Barbuda
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Benna Boys
AssociationAntigua and Barbuda Football Association
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationCFU (Caribbean)
Head coachTom Curtis[1]
Mikele Leigertwood
CaptainQuinton Griffith
Most capsPeter Byers (92)
Top scorerDerrick Edwards (59)
Home stadiumAntigua Recreation Ground
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium
FIFA codeATG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 128 Steady (27 May 2021)[2]
Highest70 (October 2014)
Lowest170 (December 2003 – January 2004)
First international
 Trinidad and Tobago 11–1 Antigua and Barbuda 
(Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago; 10 November 1972)
Biggest win
 Antigua and Barbuda 10–0 U.S. Virgin Islands 
(North Sound, Antigua & Barbuda; 11 October 2011)
Biggest defeat
 Trinidad and Tobago 11–1 Antigua and Barbuda 
(Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago; 10 November 1972)

NicknameEdit

The official nickname of the Antigua and Barbuda national football team is The Benna Boys due to the indigenous music of the country. The name was selected in a contest with the fanbase in 2012 after the team advanced to the third round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. The Benna Boys beat out other entries in the contest such as Beach Boys, Iron Bandits, Rhythm Warriors and Party Crashers.[4] In the past, the national team was unofficially known as the Wadadli Boys, another name that was in the contest but did not win.[5]

HistoryEdit

(1972) First international matchesEdit

The Antigua and Barbuda Football Association became affiliated with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) in 1970. The first official FIFA match played by Antigua and Barbuda was away against Trinidad and Tobago in Port-of Spain, Trinidad on 10 November 1972 for a home and away series during 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification. Trinidad and Tobago won the first match 11–1, making this result Antigua and Barbuda's worst loss in team history.[citation needed] The Soca Warriors also won the second leg in St. John's, Antigua 2–1 nine days later.

 
The Antigua and Barbuda national football team in England on May 24th, 2008 after scrimmages against English lower division side Lowestoft Town.

(1998) Fourth-place finish in the 1998 Caribbean Cup Finals (The Zoran Vraneš Era)Edit

The 1998 Caribbean Cup, hosted by Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, saw Antigua and Barbuda, led by Serbian coach Zoran Vraneš, serve up a surprise as they reached the semi-finals of the competition. In the qualifying round, the Benna Boys had an unbeaten string of matches securing progression to group stages of the finals. Antigua were placed in Group 4, along with Grenada, Guyana and Anguilla. A 2–2 draw to Guyana in the opening game was followed by a 7–0 thrashing of Anguilla – in which The Benna Boys were rampant. All this before a narrow 2–1 victory over Grenada, who finished in second spot on 6 points. Winning two matches and drawing one saw Antigua and Barbuda topped the group with 7 points, sealing their progression to the group stage of the Caribbean Cup Finals.

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
  Antigua and Barbuda 7 3 2 1 0 11 3 +8
  Grenada 6 3 2 0 1 17 4 +13
  Guyana 4 3 1 1 1 17 4 +13
  Anguilla 0 3 0 0 3 1 35 −34

In the group stage, there were two groups. Antigua and Barbuda were put into Group A with their first match coming against a very talented Trinidad and Tobago team, a match they narrowly lost 3–2. A 2–1 win over Dominica followed, with Derrick Edwards and Winston Roberts grabbing the crucial goals that gave Antigua the platform to carry onto the final tie against Martinique, and a 5–1 hammering of the latter was assured. The performances in the aforementioned three matches saw Antigua and Barbuda get second place in the group and qualify for the knockout phase of the tournament.

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
  Trinidad and Tobago 9 3 3 0 0 13 3 +10
  Antigua and Barbuda 6 3 2 0 1 9 5 +4
  Martinique 3 3 1 0 2 7 8 −1
  Dominica 0 3 0 0 3 2 15 −13

The Benna Boys' first and only qualification to the knockout round saw them pitted against the heavy favourites of the tournament, Jamaica's Reggae Boys. Antigua and Barbuda did so well to keep their fierce rivals at bay for normal time, until Onandi Lowe struck in the 110th minute of extra time to send Antigua and Barbuda into a 3rd Place Playoff with Haiti who lost to Trinidad & Tobago in the other semi-final. That would produce a magnificent encounter, with Antigua ending up the losing team in a five-goal thriller. Vaughn Christopher and Ranjae Christian bagged the duo of goals for Antigua and Barbuda but it wasn't enough to grab third place and a bronze medal. To this day, placing fourth in this edition of the Caribbean Cup is the highest achievement for the Benna Boys.

Semifinals

  Jamaica1–0  Antigua and Barbuda
Onandi Lowe   110'

  Trinidad and Tobago4–1  Haiti
Stern John   1'60'
Irasto Knights   15'42'
Eddy Cesar   85'

Third Place Playoff

  Haiti3–2  Antigua and Barbuda
Jean Bernard Fleurial   72'
Jean Robert Menelas   27'
Abrahim Mackenzy   71'
Vaughn Christopher   53'
Ranjae Christian   58'

(2005) First European opponentEdit

On 17 December 2005 the Antigua and Barbuda national team played their first and only ever match against a European opponent after the Hungarian Football Federation invited the Benna Boys to play Hungary in an international friendly at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This was the first match coached by former national striker Derrick Edwards. Antigua and Barbuda went down early in the 10th minute when Krisztian Vadocz tricky footwork saw him evade three defenders and fired past goalkeeper Elvis Anthony to make it 1–0. Then in the 32nd minute, the Hungarians doubled the scoreline when Robert Feczesin easily redirected a Daniel Tozser free kick with his head past Anthony, who failed adjust quickly enough. The Hungarians then added a third 10 minutes from time through Istvan Ferenczi, who fired home from just outside the six-yards box.[6]

(2011–2012) Historical run in 2014 World Cup qualifying (Tom Curtis Era)Edit

 
Kerry Skepple about to score the game-winning goal versus Haiti on 11 November 2011 to advance to the third round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

Antigua and Barbuda led by Tom Curtis made a historic run to the third round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. They received a bye from the first round of CONCACAF qualifiers and were grouped with the U.S. Virgin Islands, Curaçao and Haiti in the second round. Their first match was at home to Curaçao. After conceding the first goal, the Benna Boys came back to win the match 5–2. Next, Antigua and Barbuda played away to the U.S. Virgin Islands and won convincingly 8–1. In their third fixture, Antigua and Barbuda had to play a tricky away match at Curaçao. Tamarley Thomas scored the game-winning goal in the 73rd minute to give Antigua and Barbuda all 3 points. Up next in their fourth fixture of the second round was a home match versus the U.S. Virgin Islands. Antigua and Barbuda wasted little time before scoring the opening goal. In this match, the Benna Boys made history with an emphatic 10–0 win that saw Peter Byers and Tamarley Thomas both scoring hat-tricks. This was the biggest win in Antigua and Barbuda football history. While Antigua and Barbuda easily beat the U.S. Virgin Islands, Curaçao drew away at Haiti. This meant that Haiti needed at least a draw in their next match in Antigua to stay alive in the competition. On 11 November 2011, Antigua and Barbuda played versus Haiti at home. This match proved difficult for the Benna Boys. For large spells of the match Haiti had majority of the possession and almost scored on a number of occasions including hitting the post twice in the first half. In the second half, Haiti was content on settling for a draw knowing that the next match was in Port-au-Prince and would be favoured to win. In the 82nd minute, Antigua and Barbuda opened up the deadlock with a strike from Kerry Skepple. After the goal, Haiti pressed for the equalizer and forced goalkeeper Molvin James to make some terrific saves. Antigua and Barbuda won this match 1–0 and advanced to the third round of CONCACAF qualifying thus eliminating Haiti with a game to spare. In the final match, the Benna Boys lost in the return leg in Haiti 2–1. Winning this group saw Antigua and Barbuda's FIFA World ranking go to 83rd, their highest ever at the time.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Antigua and Barbuda 6 5 0 1 28 5 +23 15 Advance to third round 1–0 5–2 10–0
2   Haiti 6 4 1 1 21 6 +15 13 2–1 2–2 6–0
3   Curaçao 6 2 1 3 15 15 0 7 0–3[a] 2–4 6–1
4   U.S. Virgin Islands 6 0 0 6 2 40 −38 0 1–8 0–7 0–3
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ Match awarded
 
The Antigua and Barbuda national team in their historic World Cup 2014 qualifying match versus the United States on 12 October 2012 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

In the third round, Antigua and Barbuda were grouped with Jamaica, Guatemala and the United States. The first fixture in his group was an away match to the United States. Most people were expecting a convincing win by the U.S. but Antigua and Barbuda made it a competitive game. After conceding the first two goals from Carlos Bocanegra and Clint Dempsey in the 8th and the 44th minute respectively, Peter Byers scored a goal on a through pass from Mikele Leigertwood to bring the match to 2–1 in the 65th minute. The Benna Boys were somehow trying to equalize but that came to an end in the 72nd minute when Hercules Gomez scored a goal. The match ended in a 3–1 loss but Antigua and Barbuda gained respect for standing toe to toe with a CONCACAF giant. Up next was a home match to Jamaica. It ended in 0–0 draw gaining their first ever point in the third round of World Cup qualifying. Next, was another tough road test versus Guatemala in the pouring rain that saw some areas of field flooded. Surprisingly, Antigua and Barbuda opened the scoring in the 39th minute from Peter Byers and took the lead into half time. In the second half, Carlos Ruiz leveled the match at 1–1 in the 60th minute. It went from bad to worse when they were reduced to 10 men. Molvin James received a second yellow card for time wasting and Ruiz scored another goal to take the lead 3 minutes later. In the 91st minute Dwight Pezzarossi sealed the match 3–1. The return leg against Guatemala in Antigua saw Guatemala win 1–0 on a wonder strike from Carlos Ruiz in the 25th minute. A home match versus the United States was the next on the schedule. The United States opened up the scoring in the 20th minute on a header from Eddie Johnson but then 5 minutes later the Benna Boys leveled the score from Dexter Blackstock from a Peter Byers pass. The match saw both teams have chances to take the lead even though the U.S. had majority of the possession. Unfortunately, Antigua and Barbuda conceded a late goal, again off of an Eddie Johnson header in the 90th minute. The match ended in a 2–1 defeat thus eliminating them from advancing to the next round. The final match of the third round was a 4–1 loss away to Jamaica ending their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   United States 6 4 1 1 11 6 +5 13 Advance to fourth round 1–0 3–1 3–1
2   Jamaica 6 3 1 2 9 6 +3 10 2–1 2–1 4–1
3   Guatemala 6 3 1 2 9 8 +1 10 1–1 2–1 3–1
4   Antigua and Barbuda 6 0 1 5 4 13 −9 1 1–2 0–0 0–1

(2016) Friendly arranged with EstoniaEdit

It was announced by the Estonian Football Association on 2 May 2016 that their national team will play Antigua and Barbuda in an international friendly on 22 November. It was the Benna Boys second match ever versus a European opponent. Estonia won the game 1–0.[7]

(2018) Drug bust in Jamaica after two creditable friendly resultsEdit

During March 2018 FIFA International window The Antigua and Barbuda Benna Boys first played Bermuda at home at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium and won narrowly 3-2 through Rhys Browne in the first half, capitalizing on a defensive error and Joshua Parker from a header off of a short corner kick and two minutes later Myles Weston dribbling past a defender on the right wing and curling in a shot in the top corner of the goal. A few days later Antigua and Barbuda earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw away to Jamaica at Sabina Park, levelling in the last seconds of match from a header from Peter Byers. On the team's preparation for their departure back to Antigua, assistant coach Derrick Edwards and equipment manager Danny Benjamin were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, dealing in marijuana, taking steps to export marijuana, and conspiracy at the Norman Manley International Airport. Shocked by this discovery of this crime, it is made to believe that they may have been set up by an unknown person or persons. Initially Edwards was awarded bail but Benjamin was held without bail but after a month both Edwards and Benjamin were placed under house arrest and curfew along with giving up their travel documents.[8] Both men have since been acquitted of the crime on 14 June, citing there was not enough evidence to prove their involvement in the carrying the drugs with the intention of smuggling the drugs out of Jamaica.

(2019) Rebuilding the national team with local based players (Michél Dinzey Era)Edit

After failing to qualify for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup with losses to Saint Lucia and Martinique in September and November 2018 in the CONCACAF Nations League Qualifiers, the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association appointed German born Congolese Michél Dinzey as head coach on 7 March 2019, succeeding Derrick Edwards. In only a couple weeks with the national team and using an all local Antiguan based squad, they were able to defeat a heavily fancied Curacao team 2-1 securing League B.

In Group B, The Benna Boys started their campaign on 6 September 2019 away to Jamaica at the Montego Bay Sports Complex where they were embarrassingly routed 6-0 against a Jamaican squad fielding many of their overseas stars. With Coach Michél Dinzey using these games to give the young local based Antiguan players the needed experience, this match got a bit out of hand. A few days later the Benna Boys hosted Aruba at the ABFA Technical Centre in Paynters and won the match 2-1 with goals from D'Andre Bishop and Tevaughn Harriette in the first and second half respectively, the latter being the game winner after Aruba equalized from a header Terence Groothusen in stoppage time of the first half. This win gave Antigua and Barbuda its first points of League B. After defeating Aruba, the Benna Boys would play Guyana in a home and away series, the Antigua and Barbuda winning with the same scoreline, 2-1 at home with Quinton Griffith and Junior Benjamin both scoring 2 minutes apart in the first half with Emery Welshman pulling one back for Guyana in the second half. In the following match being played in Guyana, Antigua and Barbuda suffered another heavy defeat 5-1. Next, Antigua and Barbuda played Jamaica at home losing 2-0, giving up goals in both the first half and second half respectively. This loss left the team out of contention for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup but will remain in League B in the next edition of the CONCACAF Nations League. Antigua and Barbuda finished their campaign with a come from behind victory 3-2 away versus Aruba. It was announced that Michél Dinzey resigned as the senior men's national coach after the win effective immediately after their international friendly against Guatemala away, where the team suffered another humiliating loss by the scoreline of 8-0 with absolutely no shots on target and 1 shot overall.

RivalriesEdit

The Antigua and Barbuda Benna Boys' biggest rivals are with the Saint Kitts and Nevis' Sugar Boys dating back from the inauguration of the Leeward Islands Tournament in 1949. In that tournament in particular, Saint Kitts and Nevis has the majority of wins in the head to head meetings. Although in FIFA 'A' international matches both teams have the same number of wins in the head to head meetings whether in Caribbean Cup Qualifying or international friendlies. The rivalry has calmed down a bit due to the Leeward Islands Tournament not being played since 2003. Another rival to a much lesser degree is with Haiti. Overall, Haiti has the better all time head to head record with seven wins to Antigua and Barbuda's two along with three draws between them. The rivalry in recent years comes from both World Cup Qualifying and Gold Cup Qualifying with Antigua and Barbuda eliminating Haiti in 2011 in the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers and then the following year in 2012, Haiti eliminated Antigua and Barbuda from reaching the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Stadiums and Training GroundEdit

Antigua Recreation Ground (Saint John's)Edit

 
Antigua Recreation Ground, the original home venue of the Antigua and Barbuda national football team.

The original home stadium of the Antigua and Barbuda national football team. Located in the heart of the capital, Saint John's, right on Independence Avenue. The maximum capacity that this stadium can hold is roughly 12,000 spectators. Currently the team plays there for international friendlies and sometimes the Caribbean Cup. In 2008, FIFA banned the ABFA from using this stadium for World Cup Qualifiers, citing that it is a safety hazard. The last World Cup Qualifier at the Antigua Recreation Grounds was a 1–0 victory against Aruba on 26 March 2008.

Sir Vivian Richards Stadium (North Sound)Edit

 
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, home to the Benna Boys since 2008.

Another home venue for the Benna Boys, which is located in North Sound, a 10–20 minute drive from Saint John's, the capital city. This more modern, state of the art venue holds up to 10,000 people. Since 2008, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium has hosted mainly World Cup Qualifiers, the first match being a 4–3 loss to Cuba on 17 June 2008.

Antigua and Barbuda Football Association Technical Centre (Paynters)Edit

Antigua and Barbuda

Located in Paynters in Saint George's Parish, this facility was a FIFA Goal Project starting from the year 2000. Even though FIFA gave the funds to the ABFA, the project has seen many controversial delays with the building process and only in 2016 has the technical centre opened and been in use for training purposes. This facility has an artificial surface, floodlights with some seating for spectators.

Antigua and Barbuda Football Association Technical Centre located in Paynters, Saint George's, Antigua and Barbuda.

Past and present crestsEdit

These are the crests used over the years by the Antigua and Barbuda national football team.

 
Used ????–2006
 
Used 2006–present

KitsEdit

Kit manufacturerEdit

The current kit of the Antigua and Barbuda national football team are manufactured by Spanish based Joma Sportswear on March 2021 in time for the first round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Kit Manufacturer Time Period
  Admiral 1995-1999
  Virma 2000–2003
  Adidas 2006–2011
  Peak 2012–2016
  Admiral 2016–2020
  Joma 2021-

Kit evolutionEdit

These are some of the kits worn over the years by the Antigua and Barbuda national football team over the years.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1995 Admiral Home Kit
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1998 Admiral Home Kit
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2000 Virma Home Kit
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2006 Adidas Home Kit
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2011 Adidas Home Kit
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2011 Adidas Away Kit
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2012 Peak Home Kit
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2012 Peak Away Kit
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2016 Admiral Home Kit
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2016 Admiral Away Kit
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2021 Joma Home Kit
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2021 Joma Away Kit

Results and fixturesEdit

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2021Edit

24 March 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier First Round Antigua and Barbuda   2–2   Montserrat Willemstad, Curaçao
6:00 pm EST Eugene Kirwan   23'
D'Andre Bishop   45'
Report Lyle Taylor   7'(P),   26' Stadium: Ergilio Hato Stadium
Referee: Melvin Matamoros (Honduras)

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Grenada and El Salvador on 4 and 8 June 2021 respectively.[9]

Caps and goals are correct as of 4 June 2021 following the match against Grenada.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Jayden Martin (2002-11-07) 7 November 2002 (age 18) 1 0   Ottos
18 1GK Molvin James (1989-05-08) 8 May 1989 (age 32) 48 0   Tryum
21 1GK Murphy Parker (1990-08-16) 16 August 1990 (age 30) 2 0   Swetes
3 2DF Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (1991-04-08) 8 April 1991 (age 30) 1 0   Livingston
4 2DF Karanja Mack (1987-08-24) 24 August 1987 (age 33) 55 0   Parham
5 2DF Daniel Bowry (1998-04-29) 29 April 1998 (age 23) 9 1   Wealdstone
8 2DF Kendukar Challenger (1997-01-24) 24 January 1997 (age 24) 5 0   All Saints United
13 2DF Tamorley Thomas (1983-07-28) 28 July 1983 (age 37) 63 12   Greenbay
17 2DF Jervez Lee (1992-09-10) 10 September 1992 (age 28) 3 0   Ottos
6 3MF Thomas Bramble (2001-05-09) 9 May 2001 (age 20) 2 0   Dover Athletic
7 3MF Eugene Kirwan (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 28) 18 1   Greenbay
11 3MF Quinton Griffith (1992-02-27) 27 February 1992 (age 29) 65 9   Five Islands
14 3MF Ronaldo Flowers (2003-03-09) 9 March 2003 (age 18) 2 0   Villa
19 3MF D'Andre Bishop (2002-10-02) 2 October 2002 (age 18) 10 2   Ottos
20 3MF Denie Henry (1998-05-07) 7 May 1998 (age 23) 4 0   Parham
23 3MF Joshua Parker (1990-12-01) 1 December 1990 (age 30) 31 5   Burton Albion
3MF Leroy Graham (1999-12-07) 7 December 1999 (age 21) 8 0   Five Islands
12 4FW Rhys Browne (1995-11-16) 16 November 1995 (age 25) 11 2   Sutton United
16 4FW Peter Byers (1984-10-20) 20 October 1984 (age 36) 92 44   SAP
22 4FW Javorn Stevens (1998-05-09) 9 May 1998 (age 23) 17 1   Greenbay
4FW Junior Benjamin (1992-08-13) 13 August 1992 (age 28) 14 3   Ottos
4FW D'Jarie Sheppard (2003-06-28) 28 June 2003 (age 17) 3 0   Willikies

Recent call-upsEdit

These are the players that were selected for the Antigua and Barbuda national football team in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Zaine Francis-Angol (1993-06-30) 30 June 1993 (age 27) 19 0   Hartlepool United v.   U.S. Virgin Islands, 27 March 2021
DF Mahlon Romeo (1995-09-19) 19 September 1995 (age 25) 12 0   Millwall v.   U.S. Virgin Islands, 27 March 2021
DF Jajuan Williams (2001-01-24) 24 January 2001 (age 20) 1 0   Old Road v.   U.S. Virgin Islands, 27 March 2021
MF Calaum Jahraldo-Martin (1993-04-27) 27 April 1993 (age 28) 23 5 no club v.   U.S. Virgin Islands, 27 March 2021
MF Juwan Roberts (1996-04-05) 5 April 1996 (age 25) 8 0   Swetes v.   U.S. Virgin Islands, 27 March 2021
FW Zayn Hakeem (1999-02-15) 15 February 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Coleshill Town v.   U.S. Virgin Islands, 27 March 2021

Player recordsEdit

As of 4 June 2021
Players in bold are still active with Antigua and Barbuda.
 
Former Montreal Impact forward Peter Byers has the most appearances for Antigua and Barbuda with 92 caps, and is second on the all-time scoring list with 44 goals (after former national coach Derrick Edwards).

Most appearancesEdit

Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Peter Byers 92 44 2004–present
2 George Dublin 67 4 2000–2012
3 Quinton Griffith 65 9 2009–present
4 Derrick Edwards 63 59 1988–2003
Tamorley Thomas 63 12 2002–present
6 Karanja Mack 55 0 2006–present
7 Randolph Burton 50 15 2008–2016
8 Gayson Gregory 49 8 2000–2014
9 Molvin James 48 0 2007–present
10 Akeem Thomas 47 3 2008–2018

Top goalscorersEdit

Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Derrick Edwards 59 63 0.94 1988–2003
2 Peter Byers 44 92 0.48 2004–present
3 Randolph Burton 15 50 0.3 2008–2016
4 Tamorley Thomas 12 63 0.19 2002–present
5 Jamie Thomas 10 30 0.33 2006–2011
6 Quinton Griffith 9 65 0.14 2009–present
7 Gayson Gregory 8 49 0.16 2000–2014
8 Kelly Frederick 7 11 0.64 1996–2009
Garfield Gonsalves 7 28 0.25 1992–2008
10 Myles Weston 6 8 0.75 2014–present
Tevaughn Harriette 6 19 0.32 2014–present

CoachesEdit

Current staffEdit

Name Position
  Tom Curtis Head Coach
  Mikele Leigertwood Head Coach
  George Caja Warner Assistant Coach
  Neil Schyan Jeffers Assistant Coach
  Lenny Hewlett Assistant Coach
  Janiel Simon Goalkeeper Coach
  Evans Jones Trainer
  Julio Gonzalez Physiotherapist
  Malcolm Challenger Equipment Manager

Coaching historyEdit

 
Polish manager Piotr Nowak, who previously managed Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union, was one of the highest profile coach to take charge of the Benna Boys. He was at the helm when the team achieved their highest FIFA ranking at 70 in October 2014.


These are some of the head coaches of the Antigua and Barbuda national football team throughout the years.

Name Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Notes
  Rudi Gutendorf 1976 --
  Zoran Vraneš 1998–2000 4th place at the 1998 Caribbean Cup
  Walter Gama 2001–2002 --
  Rolston Williams 2004 --
  Derrick Edwards 2005–2008 --
  Willie Donachie 2008 16 8 3 5 --
  Rowan Benjamin 2008–2011 11 4 3 4 --
  Tom Curtis 2011–2012 21 8 3 10 Semifinal round of the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers
  Rolston Williams 2012–2014 6 4 0 2 --
  Piotr Nowak 2014–2015 12 5 2 5 Highest FIFA Ranking of 70 under his tenure
  Rolston Williams 2015–2018 8 3 0 5 --
  Derrick Edwards 2018–2019 6 2 1 3 --
  Michél Dinzey 2019–2020 8 4 0 6 --
  Tom Curtis &

  Mikele Leigertwood

2021– 3 2 1 0 --

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA PTS Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did Not Enter Did Not Enter
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974 Did Not Qualify 4 0 0 4 3 22
  1978 Did Not Enter Did Not Enter
  1982
  1986 Did Not Qualify 2 1 0 1 2 5
  1990 2 0 0 2 1 4
  1994 4 1 1 2 5 6
  1998 2 0 1 1 4 6
   2002 6 1 2 3 4 15
  2006 2 1 0 1 2 3
  2010 4 2 0 2 7 8
  2014 12 5 1 6 32 18
  2018 4 2 0 2 6 6
  2022 4 2 1 1 6 5
      2026 To Be Determined To Be Determined
Appearances: 0/22 -- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 46 15 6 25 72 98

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup recordEdit

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA PTS
  1963 Did Not Enter
  1965
  1967
  1969
  1971
  1973
  1977
  1981
  1985
  1989
  1991 Did Not Qualify
    1993
  1996
  1998
  2000
  2002
    2003
  2005
  2007
  2009
  2011
  2013
    2015
  2017
      2019
  2021
Appearances: 0/25 -- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

CFU Caribbean Championship and Caribbean Cup recordEdit

CFU Caribbean Championship & Caribbean Cup record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA PTS
  1978 Fourth Place 5 1 1 3 4 8 3
  1979 First Round 2 0 0 2 0 2 0
  1981 Did Not Qualify
  1983 Fourth Place 7 2 2 3 11 10 8
  1985 First Round 2 1 0 1 2 2 3
  1988 Runners-up 5 1 4 0 5 4 7
  1989 Did Not Qualify
  1990
  1991
  1992 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 2 12 1
  1993 Did Not Qualify
  1994
   1995 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 3 8 3
  1996 Withdrew
    1997 Group Stage 2 0 0 2 1 5 0
    1998 Fourth Place 5 2 0 3 11 9 6
  1999 Did Not Qualify
  2001
  2005
  2007
  2008 Group Stage 3 0 2 1 3 6 2
  2010 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 2 4 3
  2012 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 3 3 3
  2014 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 2 7 1
  2017 Did Not Qualify
Group|Appearances: 13/25 Best: Runners-up 46 10 11 25 49 80 40
***Red border color indicates that Antigua and Barbuda was the host nation.
Key

  Champion   Runners-up   3rd Place   4th Place   Qualified

CONCACAF Nations League recordEdit

CONCACAF Nations League record
Year Division Group Pld W D* L GF GA P/R Rank
  2019−20 B C 6 3 0 3 8 17   21st
  2022–23 B To be determined
Total 6 3 0 3 8 17 21st
Key

  Promotion   Safety   Relegation

All-time record against all opponentsEdit

These all-time records are exclusively class 'A' internationals matches.[10]

Opponent Played Won Drawn Lost Goals For Goals Against
  Anguilla 5 5 0 0 28 3
  Aruba 5 5 0 0 11 4
  Bahamas 1 1 0 0 6 0
  Barbados 6 0 1 5 7 14
  Bermuda 11 3 4 4 12 14
  British Virgin Islands 8 4 2 2 14 10
  Cayman Islands 2 0 1 1 1 3
  Cuba 5 0 1 4 3 13
  Curaçao 4 3 0 1 10 6
  Dominica 15 8 4 3 27 18
  Dominican Republic 6 1 2 3 8 11
  El Salvador 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Estonia 1 0 0 1 0 1
  French Guiana 1 1 0 0 2 1
  Grenada 6 3 3 0 13 7
  Guadeloupe 4 0 1 3 2 7
  Guatemala 8 1 0 7 3 31
  Guyana 12 5 3 4 15 22
  Haiti 12 2 3 7 11 19
  Honduras 1 0 0 1 0 1
  Hungary 1 0 0 1 0 3
  Jamaica 12 1 2 9 5 29
  Martinique 4 1 0 3 6 12
  Mexico 1 0 0 1 0 8
  Montserrat 4 3 1 0 20 6
  Puerto Rico 1 1 0 1 3 2
  Saint Kitts and Nevis 23 9 5 9 30 31
  Saint Lucia 14 5 3 6 23 18
  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 13 7 2 4 17 20
  Sint Maarten 3 2 0 1 7 2
  Suriname 6 1 2 3 4 15
  Trinidad and Tobago 13 2 0 11 12 41
  U.S. Virgin Islands 5 5 0 0 26 1
  United States 2 0 0 2 2 5
Total 214 79 39 96 324 367
Key

  Winning record   Equal record   Losing record

HonoursEdit

Regional Competition

ReferencesEdit

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