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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 (ABFA)
ConfederationConfederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF)
Sub-confederationCaribbean Football Union (CFU)
Head coachMichél Dinzey
CaptainKaranja Mack
Most capsPeter Byers (77)
Top scorerDerrick Edwards (59)
Home stadiumSir Vivian Richards Stadium and Antigua Recreation Ground
FIFA codeATG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 126 Decrease 2 (19 September 2019)[1]
Highest70 (October 2014)
Lowest170 (December 2003 – January 2004)
Elo ranking
Current 163 Increase 8 (13 September 2019)[2]
Highest131 (November 2010)
Lowest179 (November 2007)
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.[3] In the past, the national team was unofficially known as the Wadadli Boys, another name that was in the contest but did not win.[4]

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 Bungay, Suffolk, 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 UEFA opponentEdit

On December 17, 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.[5]

(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 November 11th, 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 November 11, 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.


Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts        
  Antigua and Barbuda 6 5 0 1 28 5 +23 15 1–0 5–2 10–0
  Haiti 6 4 1 1 21 6 +15 13 2–1 2–2 6–0
  Curaçao 6 2 1 3 15 15 0 7 0–3[a] 2–4 6–1
  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 October 12th, 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.


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

(2014-2015) Piotr Nowak EraEdit

Coming Soon

(2016) Friendly arranged with EstoniaEdit

It was announced by the Estonian Football Association on May 2, 2016 that their national team will play Antigua and Barbuda in an international friendly on November 22. It was the Benna Boys second match ever versus a European opponent. Estonia won the game 1–0.[6]

(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.[7] Both men have since been acquitted of the crime on June 14, 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) Michél Dinzey EraEdit

After failing to qualify for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup with losses to Saint Lucia and Martinique in September and November of 2018 in the CONCACAF Nations League Qualifiers, the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association appointed German born Congolese Michél Dinzey as head coach on March 7th, 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 September 6th, 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.

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 March 26, 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 June 17, 2008.








Antigua and Barbuda Football Association Technical Centre (Paynters)Edit

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.
Antigua and Barbuda national football team (Antigua)

Past and present crestsEdit

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

 
Used 1928–2006
 
Used 2006–present
 
Used in 2012 for the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers

KitsEdit

Kit manufacturerEdit

The current kit of the Antigua and Barbuda national football team are manufactured by British company Admiral on June 2016 in time for the second round of the 2017 Caribbean Cup qualifiers. The first kit is the gold combined with black for mainly the home matches and the red with the black are the away uniforms. Before Admiral, the team kits were from China-based Peak Sportswear. The Benna Boys have worn that brand since 2012, after they qualified to the third round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

Kit Manufacturer Time Period
  Virma 2000–2003
  Adidas 2006–2011
  Peak 2012–2016
  Admiral 2016–current

Kit evolutionEdit

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2000 Virma Home Uniform
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2006 Adidas Home Uniform
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2011 Adidas Home Uniform
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2011 Adidas Away Uniform
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2012 Peak Home Uniform
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2012 Peak Away Uniform
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2016 Admiral Home Uniform
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2016 Admiral Away Uniform

Results and fixturesEdit

2018

2019

All-time record against all opponentsEdit

These all-time records are exclusively class 'A' internationals matches.[8]

Opponent Played Won Drawn Lost Goals For Goals Against
  Anguilla 5 5 0 0 28 3
  Aruba 4 4 0 0 8 2
  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
  Estonia 1 0 0 1 0 1
  French Guiana 1 1 0 0 2 1
  Grenada 5 2 3 0 12 7
  Guadeloupe 4 0 1 3 2 7
  Guatemala 6 1 0 5 3 15
  Guyana 10 4 3 3 12 16
  Haiti 12 2 3 7 11 19
  Honduras 1 0 0 1 0 1
  Hungary 1 0 0 1 0 3
  Jamaica 11 1 2 8 5 27
  Martinique 4 1 0 3 6 12
  Mexico 1 0 0 1 0 8
  Montserrat 3 3 0 0 18 4
  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 3 3 0 0 20 1
  United States 2 0 0 2 2 5
Total 205 74 38 93 309 347
Key

  Winning record   Equal record   Losing record

Competition recordsEdit

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 To Be Determined To Be Determined
      2026 To Be Determined To Be Determined
Appearances: 0/21 -- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 42 13 5 24 66 93

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 Did Not Qualify
  1996 Did Not Qualify
  1998 Did Not Qualify
  2000 Did Not Qualify
  2002 Did Not Qualify
   2003 Did Not Qualify
  2005 Did Not Qualify
  2007 Did Not Qualify
  2009 Did Not Qualify
  2011 Did Not Qualify
  2013 Did Not Qualify
   2015 Did Not Qualify
  2017 Did Not Qualify
      2019 Did Not Qualify
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 Did Not Qualify
  1991 Did Not Qualify
  1992 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 2 12 1
  1993 Did Not Qualify
  1994 Did Not Qualify
   1995 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 3 5 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 Did Not Qualify
  2005 Did Not Qualify
  2007 Did Not Qualify
  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
Appearances: 13/25 Best: Runners-up 46 10 11 25 49 77 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 Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA
2019–20 B Group Stage
TBD 2 1 0 1 2 7
2021–22 TBA To be determined
Total Group stage
League B
1/1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

HonoursEdit

Regional Competition

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the CONCACAF Nations League matches versus Jamaica and Aruba.

Match dates:
6 and 9 August 2019
Opposition:
  Jamaica and   Aruba

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Molvin James (1989-05-08) 8 May 1989 (age 30) 41 0   Tryum
1GK Murphy Parker (1990-08-16) 16 August 1990 (age 29) 1 0   Swetes
2DF Karanja Mack (1987-08-04) 4 August 1987 (age 32) 46 0   Parham
2DF Jomo Andrew (1993-12-02) 2 December 1993 (age 25) 1 0   Old Road
2DF Chad Williams (1987-05-05) 5 May 1987 (age 32) 1 0   Greenbay Hoppers
2DF Shavorn Phillip (1996-09-09) 9 September 1996 (age 23) 3 0   Liberta
2DF Tyrell Rayne (1996-10-17) 17 October 1996 (age 22) 1 0   Woodbridge Strikers
3MF Quinton Griffith (1992-02-27) 27 February 1992 (age 27) 57 6   Five Islands
3MF Mervyn Hazelwood (1991-12-06) 6 December 1991 (age 27) 7 1   Tryum
3MF Tevaughn Harriette (1995-06-26) 26 June 1995 (age 24) 16 6   Parham
3MF Eugene Kirwan (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 26) 14 0   Greenbay Hoppers
3MF Juwan Roberts (1996-04-05) 5 April 1996 (age 23) 4 0   Swetes
3MF Leroy Graham (1999-12-07) 7 December 1999 (age 19) 2 0   Five Islands
3MF D'Andre Bishop (2002-10-02) 2 October 2002 (age 16) 2 1   Villa Lions
4FW Junior Benjamin (1992-08-13) 13 August 1992 (age 27) 5 1   Ottos Rangers
4FW Carl Osbourne (1992-12-16) 16 December 1992 (age 26) 2 1   Swetes
4FW Tyrique Tongue (2001-03-14) 14 March 2001 (age 18) 1 0   SAP
4FW D'Jarie Sheppard (2003-06-28) 28 June 2003 (age 16) 0 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
GK Brentton Muhammad (1990-09-11) 11 September 1990 (age 29) 16 0   Vestri @   Martinique, November 19, 2018
GK Prince Walter (1995-06-30) 30 June 1995 (age 24) 0 0   Grenades @   Bahamas, October 12, 2018
DF Lee Andree Nicholas (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 23) 0 0   Tryum @   Curaçao, March 25, 2019
DF Joel Jacob (1992-10-08) 8 October 1992 (age 26) 4 0   Swetes @   Curaçao, March 25, 2019
DF Vashami Allen (1997-05-09) 9 May 1997 (age 22) 5 0   Grenades @   Curaçao, March 25, 2019
DF Courtney Wildin (1996-03-30) 30 March 1996 (age 23) 6 0   Coalville Town @   Martinique, November 19, 2018
DF Mahlon Romeo (1995-09-19) 19 September 1995 (age 24) 12 0   Millwall @   Martinique, November 19, 2018
DF Zaine Francis-Angol (1993-06-30) 30 June 1993 (age 26) 22 0   Accrington Stanley @   Martinique, November 19, 2018
DF Daniel Bowry (1998-04-29) 29 April 1998 (age 21) 4 0   Cheltenham Town @   Martinique, November 19, 2018
MF Kayan London (1996-03-31) 31 March 1996 (age 23) 0 0   SAP v.   Curaçao, March 25, 2019
MF Brandon Emanuel (1996-07-20) 20 July 1996 (age 23) 1 0   Five Islands @   Martinique, November 19, 2018
MF Joshua Parker (1990-12-01) 1 December 1990 (age 28) 29 5   Wycombe Wanderers @   Martinique, November 19, 2018
MF Calaum Jahraldo-Martin (1993-04-27) 27 April 1993 (age 26) 23 5   Billericay Town @   Martinique, November 19, 2018
FW Novelle Francis (1993-03-10) 10 March 1993 (age 26) 2 0   Parham v.   Curaçao, March 25, 2019
FW Javorn Stevens (1998-05-09) 9 May 1998 (age 21) 9 1   Greenbay Hoppers v.   Curaçao, March 25, 2019
FW Peter Byers (1984-10-20) 20 October 1984 (age 34) 77 40   SAP @   Martinique, November 19, 2018
FW Rhys Browne (1995-11-16) 16 November 1995 (age 23) 10 1   Port Vale @   Martinique, November 19, 2018
FW Myles Weston (1988-03-12) 12 March 1988 (age 31) 8 6   Ebbsfleet United @   Martinique, November 19, 2018

Caps and goal scoring recordsEdit

Players in bold text are still active with Antigua and Barbuda.

As of June 30, 2019

Benna Brits and other diasporan based footballersEdit

 
Mikele Leigertwood is 1 of only 2 Antigua and Barbuda international football players to ever play in the English Premier League having played on the 2012–13 Reading F.C. team. Dexter Blackstock being the other player when he was on the books for Southampton F.C. during the 2004-05 season.

In 2004, FIFA made a ruling that a national team can select players that has a connection to the country, either through their parents or grandparents. Antigua and Barbuda took full advantage of this and started selecting professional players that were born in United Kingdom starting in 2008. These players are locally known in Antigua and Barbuda as Benna Brits.

This is the list of the players were born in the diaspora that went on to represent Antigua and Barbuda. Players in bold are still active with the national team.

Antigua and Barbuda International Football Players

CoachesEdit

Coaching historyEdit

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

 
Berlin born former Bundesliga and Democratic Republic of Congo player, the current head coach of Antigua and Barbuda Michél Dinzey was appointed since March 7, 2019.


Name Period 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
  Rowan Benjamin 2008-2011
  Tom Curtis 2011-2012 Semifinal round of the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers
  Rolston Williams 2012-2014
  Piotr Nowak 2014-2015 Highest FIFA Ranking of 70 under his tenure
  Rolston Williams 2015-2018
  Derrick Edwards 2018-2019
  Michél Dinzey 2019-


Managerial statisticsEdit

As of Match played 23 March 2019
Michél Dinzey Coaching Record
Team From To G W D L Win %
Antigua and Barbuda March 7, 2019 expected June 30, 2021 3 2 0 1 066.67

Current coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Michél Dinzey
Assistant Coach   Lenny Hewlett
Goalkeeping Coach   Holger Gehrke
Fitness Trainer   Evans Jones
Fitness Trainer   Cedric Joseph
Physiotherapist   Julio Boudet Gonzalez
Equipment Manager/Kit Man   Malcolm Challenger
Equipment Manager/Kit Man   Janiel Simon

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 19 September 2019. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 13 September 2019. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Text to 774 – 3307 your choice for the name the team contest".
  4. ^ "Football Team Nicknames".
  5. ^ "Caribbean Net News: Hungary beat Antigua-Barbuda in exhibition match". caribbeannewsnow.com. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Eesti Jalgpalli Liit". jalgpall.ee. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  7. ^ "A Coach's Ganja Pain".
  8. ^ "Antigua And Barbuda national football team statistics and records: All-time record". 11v11.com.

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