Concentration, determination needed in Barbados vs Bermuda game
Those are the qualities Technical Director of the Barbados Football Association (BFA) Ahmed Mohamed is hoping the senior Men’s national team will display in their encounter versus Bermuda this evening at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex.
The local Tridents will kick off against their Bermudan counterparts at 4 p.m. in what is being considered a grudge match after the Bajans came from behind last October to defeat Bermuda at home 3-2.
Barbados went down 0-2 in 18 minutes but displayed tremendous character to score three second half goals on their way to a 3-2 victory.
Mohamed, who was present in Hamilton, said the Tridents will need to keep their concentration from the first second and stick to their game plan.
The Swiss tactician said he respects his opponents and expect them to bring a host of their European based players, to utilize their experience and impose dominance, but he believes his men are ready to handle any test.
“Well as we know, Bermuda has more international experience than us. They’re coming with a lot of overseas based players; it means they will try to put us under pressure from the start”, said Mohamed.
Barbados has opted for youth with a number of players under 25 years old, which includes debutants, Thierry Gale, Ray Francis and Carl Hinkson; all players of the BFA youth teams.
Mohamed said one of his objectives is to integrate young players incrementally and include them early enough through the system to build for the future.
He spoke proudly of the players’ abilities and mentality, while stating that they are not the finished product as yet but the experiences gained being in the squad will serve them positively.
“The three players are very talented. While Thierry and Ray still need time to develop, Carl brings what is needed to be in the senior national team; he is a win for the team with his dynamics”.
Mohamed said this evening’s match is a welcomed one as Bermuda play similarly to Guyana, who they play later this year in September in their opening game of the CONCACAF Nations Cup Qualifiers.
Kaesel Brome (Pittsburgh Riverhounds, USA), Kishmar Primus (BDFSP); Ranaldo Bailey (BDFSP), Shane Codrington (BDFSP), Teriq Highland (Wales), Carl Hinkson (SIUE Cougars, USA), Rashad Smith (BDFSP), Paul Alexander (BDFSP); Jomo Harris (AZ Wester, USA), Akeem Hill (BDFSP), Rashad Jules (BDFSP), Ackeel Applewaithe (Paradise FC), Raheim Sargeant (BDFSP), Ray Francis (Pinelands FC), Hadan Holligan (Wales), Darico King (BDFSP); Zeco Edmee (Notre Dame SC), Dishon Howell (Pro Shottas), Thierry Gale (Pro Shottas)
Technical Director: Ahmed Mohamed
Assistant Coach: Fitzgerald Carter
Manager: Martin Newton
Medic/Physio: Nicola Yarde
Trainer: Ryan Brewster
Goalkeeper Coach: Richard Bynoe