SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, Rodolphe Samuel, welcomed the Sint Maarten national football team back home at the Juliana airport on Thursday, March 30th.
The team returned victorious after their dramatic final matchday win over the US Virgin Islands 2-1 in a must-win match to claim first place in the group in the 2022-23 Concacaf Nations League.
The Minister expressed his excitement and pride in the team's impressive performance and congratulated them on their achievement. He emphasized the importance of sports in promoting national unity, fostering a sense of pride, and providing opportunities for young people to develop their skills and talents.
With the result, Team Sint Maarten earns both a promotion to League B and a spot in the first-ever 2023 Gold Cup Prelims, which is a historic moment for the island.
The Minister thanked the players, coaches, and staff for their hard work and dedication, and wished them all the best as they prepare for the upcoming tournaments. He also urged the community to rally behind the team and support them as they represent the island on the international stage.