St Kitts & Nevis’ National Football Team hires Argentine coach

The recent visit to Basseterre of newly appointed Argentine Ambassador Gustavo Martinez Pandiani proved to be very productive for both nations, especially in the field of sports. The envoy, who traveled to the Federation to present his Letters of Credence to Governor General, His Excellency Sir Tapley Seaton, expressed his enthusiasm for the designation of renowned Argentine coach Claudio Caimi, to lead the “Sugar Boyz”, SKN Senior National Squad, in their quest to the CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifiers.

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The arrival of Caimi, a former Argentine player and trainer with vast international experience, can be considered as the second step of a technical assistance initiative developed by the Embassy of Argentina and the St. Kitts & Nevis Football Association (SKNFA), a programme initiated last June with the visit of another Argentine expert who conducted an assessment on the developmental needs of the island´s football.

After participating in the celebrations of St. Kitts and Nevis’ 36th Anniversary of Independence, Ambassador Pandiani signed a Bilateral Cooperation Agreement in the Field of Sports with Deputy Prime Minister Shawn Richards. The purpose of the joint initiative is to foster, promote and strengthen technical cooperation and exchanges of athletes and coaches between both countries to attain a higher level of development in the field of sports in each nation.

The Argentine Ambassador described the agreement as “A proof of the commitment of the Argentine government to assist St. Kitts & Nevis in their pursuit of professionalizing football, and a great opportunity for Argentina to benefit from the rich SKN cricket expertise.” He also stated that sports are a “perfect vehicle for bringing people together across all borders”.

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Deputy Prime Minister Richards expressed special thanks to the Government of Argentina, and described the occasion as significant while highlighting “This (Cooperation Agreement) is one which speaks to providing technical assistance, so that either players or administrators of sports can actually go to Buenos Aires, and likewise persons from Argentina can come here and do these particular exchanges to upgrade their skills and learn from each other“.

The signing ceremony was attended by SKNFA President, Anthony Johnson, St. Kitts Cricket Association (SKCA) President, Dennis Phillip, and the promising U23 National Football Team.

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