The Dominica Football Association (DFA) will host its first league since the passage of Hurricane Maria.
President of the DFA, Glen Ettiene in an interview with Vibes News on Thursday 11 January 2018, that the hurricane affected the association’s schedule.
“We were ongoing with our national senior men’s league when we were on cost with that already when Maria came we had to push this back because we know what happen it was a devastating storm where most of the playing fields were damaged due to the rivers and some of the playing fields were where some of the galvanize was being stored,” he explained.
The association was unable to send the female players to participate in the Women’s Windward Island Tournament which took place in St. Vincent just after the hurricane.
Ettienne revealed that in addition to structural damage, the DFA office was also looted in the hurricane’s aftermath.
“Mostly all our balls, our national uniforms were stolen,” he said but the association is bouncing back with it’s first league The Nation’s Cup scheduled to begin at the end of the month.
This is the first time this competition will be held he said explain, “We are going to have the competition where you have all the premium teams and all the division teams together.”
The competition will be held in group stages with participation from about twenty teams, the DFA president said.
“We are going to group them and give each team an opportunity to play up to three to four games and then have a playoff, so we expect that to be very competitive because we know football is an aggressive sport,” he said.
Soon after the association will also host the 2018 National Women Football league as well as Youth and Senior Men’s Leagues.