Up next for Montserrat in Caribbean Cup qualifying are the non-FIFA affiliated Martinique on Friday 7th, hosts for this first round group stage. Being an overseas territory of France, Martinique are not an official FIFA country so this match will not affect Montserrat’s world ranking, even were they to give their hosts a beating. Quite how this differs from Montserrat being a dependent territory of the UK I don’t really know, but in FIFA-land it seems to matter.
However, the chances of that are slimmer than an anorexic, since Martinique’s population is around 70 times greater than that of Montserrat. They can also call on the likes of former top league player in France and England Frederic Piquionne, which all suggests only one likely outcome on Friday.
This will be a first meeting between these two sides, and as much as I’d like to suggest hope for Montserrat, frankly there is none. Or I’ll eat my hat. However, it will be interesting to compare the weight of Montserrat’s likely defeat to that suffered by the British Virgin Islands in the opening match. They fell 16-0, so please Montserrat, keep the score to less than that.