Barbados off to El Salvador
Barbados senior men’s football team will be aiming for their first victory for 2018 and more importantly in the CONCACAF Nations League.
This when they take on Central American representatives El Salvador this Saturday, at the Estadio Cuscatlan in Sal Salvador at 8 p.m.
The host won their opening encounter in the CONCACAF Nations League when they came from behind to defeat Montserrat 2-1.
Barbados Tridents showed a similar bout of character against Guyana in their opening encounter last month in Georgetown.
Two goals from debutant Hallam Hope saw Barbados come from behind to hold a 2-1 lead, but allowed the victory to slip through their grasp in the latter stages of the game and were made to settle for their fifth draw in seven matches.
Both teams had a month to prepare for their encounter this weekend and they took the opportunity to do so.
El Salvador played five-time world champions in the United States, where they fell 5-0, while Barbados tied with St Vincent and the Grenadines 1-1.
Barbados, despite their 102 place deficit have enjoyed superior preparation for their clash; playing eight games for the year in comparison to El Salvador’s three, therefore, with suitable planning and organization a positive result can be earned.
This statement was supported by captain Rashad Jules, who told Loop Sports that El Salvador would be the Tridents toughest opponent to date, but stressed that his team is excited and prepared for the test.
The Hungary-based Jules said he is aware of the quality of the opponents and the challenges that exist, but Barbados will seek to take at least a point from San Salvador.
“We’re going in as underdogs and we’ll fight for whatever is there for us.
"It is important that we get a positive result in El Salvador and we’ll try to come back with a point, however anything other than a point will be greatly appreciated”, said Jules.
Barbados will be without one of their key players, Ranaldo Bailey, who is unavailable due to collegiate responsibilities with his school The University of South Carolina Aiken.
Bailey’s absence has paved the way for Neighbourhood Care Pharmacy Weymouth Wales utility player Rico Graham to be recalled, along with Toronto FC defender and former Barbados U17 captain Keason Trench.
Darico King and Antone Greaves also join the team at the expense of midfielder Nicoli Brathwaite.
Coach h: Ahmed Mohamed
Rashad Jules (captain), Jason Boxhill, Keasel Broome, Kishmar Primus, Shane Codrington, Ramar Millar, Keason Trench, Teriq Highland, Rico Graham, Krystian Pearce, Raheim Sargeant, Akeem Hill, Omani Leacock, Jomo Harris, Hadan Holligan, Mario Williams, Darico King, Ackeel Applewhaite, Antone Greave, Thierry Gale, Armando Lashley, Zeco Edmee, Hallam Hope
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