Warner Rejects Idea Of Caribbean Team

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Jamaica Gleaner

ST. JOHN'S, CANA — President of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Austin "Jack" Warner, has dismissed suggestions that the region should have a single team for international competition.

"There seems to be some myth outside there that a Caribbean team is the answer to football in the region," Warner said here Sunday at the annual presentation ceremony of the Antigua Football Association (AFA).

He said several pundits have argued that the success achieved by the West Indies cricket team can be matched by a regional football team.

"I have never heard anything so ludicrous," said Warner, "If to reach a World Cup have to be considered by size, why haven't China ever made it".

"The simple fact is, we must take whatever seems to be our liabilities and make them our assets. Being small is never a liability in this sport," Warner said.

The CFU president announced that a "brain storming" meeting will be convened in Trinidad and Tobago on October 9 where leading soccer administrators will discuss problems facing the game in the Caribbean.

He said the meeting will also discuss the formalisation of a Caribbean schoolboys' league with eight countries invited to take part next August in Barbados.