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Proud of the Benna Boyz

Proud of the Benna BoyzFor all those who thought that the United States with its 311 million people would run all over Antigua & Barbuda with its 86 thousand ‘inhabitants’ in the FIFA World Cup semis, “Tek dat!”
The 3-1 score line victory by the United States has to be a disappointing result for the proud nation of the United States.

Leading 2-0 at halftime, the US must have envisioned a more dominating victory - but that was not to be, due to the true grit of the Benna Boyz of Antigua & Barbuda.

Keeper Molvin James was superb with some eight saves, at least two described as ‘brilliant’ by the ESPN commentators who thought that ‘Antigua & Barbuda dominated the latter stages of the game.’



If anyone doubted the heart of the Antigua & Barbuda team, a closer look at this game should show that the future is bright once the team builds from this performance.

Both teams will play again in Antigua & Barbuda and obviously with the home crowd advantage, the Benna Boyz must be encouraged after this performance.

Coach Tom Curtis has shown that he has what it takes to prepare a team for the big stage.

Most likely a win would have been great, but when one takes into consideration the financial challenges that the Benna boyz faced just to prepare, one has to say “well done”.

The United States won the game but the rest of the group, Guatemala and Jamaica, must be taking notice.

The United States media may be buzzing with fear at this point in time, taking into consideration the matchup against Guatemala and Jamaica.

The Benna Boyz lost - but they were always in the game with a chance for at least a point.

That penalty at the end of first half could have knocked the fight out of most teams but the Benna Boys and coach Tom Curtis showed that they were battle ready.

Peter Byers’ goal that pulled the Benna Boyz to 1-2 gave the US fits, and there were certain signs of nervousness even from the ESPN commentators.

It was thought that the US would have worn down the more inexperienced Benna Boyz but the Antigua & Barbuda team showed metal and determination that should be highly commended.

This was no walkover by the United States like many might have expected and easily Byers could have had another, except for the brilliance of Tim Howard in goal for the US.

Coach Curtis, the entire coaching staff and the team should be commended for the performance in a game in which they were expected to be trampled.

In the Haiti game which the Benna Boyz won to get to the semis, Coach Curtis demonstrated a level of understanding that should be recognized.

He inserted Kerry “Arab” Skepple late in the game and in minutes the Parham striker delivered and Antigua & Barbuda was on its way to RIO.

At the Raymond James stadium in Tampa on Friday Curtis called on Byers like he did with Skepple and Byers delivered.



True, some more deft touches, better passes and patience on possession and the Benna Boyz might have left Tampa with at least a point.

In spite of that though, and with the US being the top team in the group, the home fans should be lining up for the game against Jamaica here at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium on Tuesday.

The world football fraternity will undoubtedly be talking about the resolve of the small tiny nation that is Antigua & Barbuda, home of one of the all time best cricketers the world has ever seen, Sir Vivian Richards.

So, ‘nuff respect to the Benna Boyz of Antigua & Barbuda: you have made me proud - and I’m sure many other Antiguans and Barbudans as well.

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#16 Sports-soup » 2012-06-13 03:52

Skywill hit the ball out of the park. Our team has to use whatever advantages we have. Kenyans run up mountains daily and win their races. If our players run up Boggy Peak and back daily and swim Fort James back and forth daily, then all they need to do is for our forwards to learn to dribble past defenders in corridors and defenders learn to dispossess and pass in corridors. So by the time they come around the technical coach, that is gravy on the fungi. In their spare time away from the team they need to practice taking penalties, taking and defending against corner shots and then they can rely on their skills and not their nerves. Almost is not good enough at this level. Without finances and their systems, we produced World Boxing Champions Maurice Hope, World Body Building Champion Paddy Wynter, cricketing greats: Curtley Ambrose, Andy Roberts, Viv Richards, Richie Richardson, Eldene Baptiste and one of the world's best entertainers in the 1920's Bert Williams. We have held the world championship in warri for the past 6 years.
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#15 Benna boyz coach » 2012-06-12 04:41

Ok here is our strategy. We are going to put 9 guys in the box and pray for a counter the other way...
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#14 @ JahMa » 2012-06-12 04:38

A few days ago, many USA supportes were talking about getting a result that would end up in double figures against the Benna Boyz. If the Americans play like this when they come to the Sir Vivian Richards stadium then there's plenty of hope for the Benna Boys to get a positive result.

Maybe the USA will have revert back to their much ridiculed 3-6-1 formation of a few years ago


...hahahahaha bro what game did you watch? A&B parked their team bus in their 18 yard box for most of the game. USA had what like 85% possesion? You mock the 3-6-1 when A&B plays the 9-0-1? Oh I can't wait for the return leg. smae strategy park the team bus in the box and watch USA shot from distance and hope they don't score...Fail brit oh so much fail. Speaking of fail England 1 France 1....zing
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#13 Eric » 2012-06-10 10:49

Great Game:The Benna Boyz spectators should be commended also for the tremendous support and the large turn out, inspite of the rain.Spectators travelled from all over the globe to support the team and that makes a difference.
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#12 The Brixtonian » 2012-06-09 19:02

A few days ago, many USA supportes were talking about getting a result that would end up in double figures against the Benna Boyz. If the Americans play like this when they come to the Sir Vivian Richards stadium then there's plenty of hope for the Benna Boys to get a positive result.

Maybe the USA will have revert back to their much ridiculed 3-6-1 formation of a few years ago
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Read these articles please

#11 VNL » 2012-06-09 17:55

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/dcunited/us-soccer-vs-antigua-and-barbuda-americans-get-unimpressive-win-in-2014-world-cup-qualifying/2012/06/08/gJQAQztvOV_story.html
and most imporatntly words from the US coach
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/09/sports/soccer/a-world-cup-qualifying-victory-lacks-quality-for-the-us.html
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ANOTHER SHOT OF REALITY...

#10 JahMa » 2012-06-09 13:47

One USA printed media sports caption read "ANTIGUA & BARBUDA IS EXPECTED TO BE AN EASY WALKOVER FOR THE USA, IT WAS", translated to the BENNA BOYS played very good according to the level and standard of football played in Antigua & Barbuda, but the USA didn't have to bring its A-game to an international world class football (soccer) competition.
Two yellow card for unsportsmanlike behaviour in a world class football (soccer) match, shows lack of DISCIPLINE, and professionalism. Still a lesson in futurity to the BENNA BOYS raise your level and standard of play, training does pay..
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#9 Concern Antiguan » 2012-06-09 11:25

Obviously, the Antigua players were nervous. Because they were nervous they played with no confidence. We should stop talking about the size of America. China has the most people they are not the best soccer nation. We have some of the greatest cricketers come out of Antigua. Eleven played against eleven. The coach should be preparing the team better.We did not play to win. We played to salvage pride.
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They Could've done Better

#8 vanessa » 2012-06-09 09:26

Watching from the stand of the Raymond James Stadium, there was a sense of pride that we have finally reached this stage. However, there was no sense of urgency when it came to defending. Sorry mr.Burton but you were the one who was getting the most "wud" from arwe. Come on now. The penalty was given away after a simple pass could not have been executed and the US got back the ball.
I do agree that the US players have more experience, but that is not the point. We are not striving for mediocrity here. We must aim higher. Let me just say that in my humble opinion (after watching football for most of my life) I think that Peter Byers and Tommy should have started. Why always leave them until we need bailing out. The game changed as soon as he came on. And to the goalkeeper nuff respect. U save our bacon from being annihilated. Look the amount of credit u got from the americans that were around me, I am very proud of you. Guys let us work harder, I have seen much progress from since I left Anu 5 years ago. We can get there with hard work and determination. Don't give up!!!!
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Magic, be for real

#7 skyewill » 2012-06-09 09:10

What does the size of the population of a country have to do with the performance of a team on a game field? Is this soccer or NFL football? should the score be, 21 - 6? Or like in basketball 73 - 99? This is soccer and I congratulate the team for getting to Tampa, BUT, me, I come to win. Leading 2-0 at halftime in a soccer game Magic? Keeper Molvin James was superb with some eight saves, yes Magic the feller was good - but he had no defence. Dominated the latter stages of the game, Magic? – How about since they were no longer a threat the USA backed down to avoid injuries. Why not use this good ass wooping as a learning experience to be better the next time. Magic, the team got to Tampa and even if the financial was an issue, soccer is about a not so expensive ball and it’s interactions with the human body. They should be running up and down Boggy Peak 4 – 5 time a day 4 – 5 days a week till the USA come and swim all 365 beaches and eat all the funji and edo and yams and green fig and fish water. Next time I will be looking for a win. When me go a party, me dance.
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really?

#6 really? » 2012-06-09 08:31

Congratulating the team on their effort is fair enough, but such praise for a comfortable defeat is over the top, do you think the people of the Ivory Coast clapped when their team were getting destroyed 20 years ago?

It seems people are happy for the ANU boys just because they didn't get humiliated by an already weakened USA team, this is not the way forward, so typical of the Antiguan people to accept mediocre standards, it's a microcosm of why this nation is growing stale and not progressing.
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#5 Dig It » 2012-06-09 07:59

I believe our team did well, despite a lost to USA! This is one of, if not, the best team A&B ever formed with Peter Byers and the rest of the team! Keep your head up Benna Boys!
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#4 BEEF » 2012-06-09 05:37

Nuff respect to the boys, for real. Good stuff!!!
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well done

#3 guest » 2012-06-09 03:03

hip hip hip ..................
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WE WILL SOON CELEBRATE

#2 THE GODFATHER » 2012-06-09 00:09

We should be proud of our Benna Boyz dedication, hard work an enthusiasm, the mighty U.S.A won a hard fought challenge. Everyone played well, from the Captian to the goalkeeper, notable mention of Peter Byers exceptional skillful play was an exciting time.

Our defense needs to be strengtened, but overall I am very proud of all the players. The U.S can be beaten and the Benna Boyz will do it.

Congratulations to the management, coach and all the players, keep the focus, remain forever strong, victory will be ours, we will soon celebrate.
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#1 Observer » 2012-06-08 23:44

I agree. The benna boys played well, taking into consideration that they played against players who eat, sleep and breathe football at some of the highest levels any footballer could play. They were in this game. They had the commentators complaining about the USA team being tired due to too much practice over three weeks...I mean give me a break...the benna boys challenge and determination was the problem...no matter what the result is at the end of this round... The benna boys are winners in their own right
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