Daniels striker Ryan Robbins in the mix to make international debut

Ryan Robbins in action for Stamford'Photo: Geoff Atton
Ryan Robbins in action for Stamford'Photo: Geoff Atton

Stamford AFC striker Ryan Robbins could make his international debut this evening as the St Kitts and Nevis football team take their first step in trying to qualify to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Robbins qualifies for St Kitts through his grandfather and his cousin Harry Panayiotou is already an international for the Caribbean island nation.

The striker, who has scored 19 goals for the Daniels this season in the Evo-Stik NPL, flew out to Basseterre on Wednesday for his first visit to St Kitts and for his first taste of international football.

The Sugar Boys play the first of a doubleheader against Turks and Caicos at 8pm local time, midnight UK time, today (Monday) and then again on Thursday.

St Kitts and Nevis are currently ranked 121st in the world by FIFA and their opponents in the opening round of qualifying are 176th in the world.

The winner from the group will advance to the second round where they will face El Salvador.

Talking to sknfa.com Sugar Boys head coach Jeffrey Hazel said: “The main objective is to reach the World Cup that says it all. We have a short term goal which is to pass the first round and medium term for the next round of matches. We want to go all the way and we won’t be satisfied until we do.”

St Kitts and Nevis squad: 1 Atiba Harris (Captain), 2. Gerard Williams (Vice Captain), 3. Zephaniah Thomas, 4. Tesfa Robinson, 5. Harrison Panayiotou, 6. Ryan Robbins, 7. Nile Walwyn, 8. Julani Archibald, 9. Mudassa Howe, 10. Orlando Mitchum, 11. Errol O’Loughlin, 12. Thrizen Leader, 13. Joash Leader, 14. Jamal Francis, 15. Kareem Mitchum, 16. Kyron Phillip, 17. Evanseroy Barnes, 18. Shaquille Barzey, 19. Vinceroy Nelson, 20. Romaine Sawyers, 21. Tishan Hanley