Wednesday 18 September, 2019

Latapy and Tridents ready

When the Barbados senior men’s football team face off against St Martin tonight in League C of the Concacaf Nations League at the Barbados Football Association (BFA) Wildey Turf there will be three debutants, with the most popular one not even taking the field.

Former Trinidad & Tobago midfield maestro Russel Latapy will lead his first game as Barbados senior men’s coach tonight against Group A opponents St Martin with the intention of earning his first win and spearheading the Tridents into Group B.

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Latapy was appointed as the senior men’s coach in March this year and led the Men’s U23 team into the next round of Olympic Qualifiers with victories against Cuba and the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) in July. 

A feat which has seen the Trinidadian tactician earn an important date with Haiti later this month.

However, Latapy’s primary focus is on tonight’s game in front of a local crowd who have been eagerly anticipating his debut.

Latapy said he is very excited to lead a youthful Tridents unit to battle. He said over the last four months he has formed a solid relationship with the squad and he looks forward to a good performance by the team.

Latapy and Tridents ready

A flamboyant playmaker in his playing days, the “Little Magician’s” coaching style is somewhat similar.

“What I would like is for us to play with the ball, so what we are going to try to do is create spaces and give good passing options so that we play with the ball”.

The Tridents will have five overseas-based players in the squad, with the notable omission of United States-based goalkeeper Keasel Brome.

England-born forwards Hallam Hope and Nick Blackman, along with defenders Carl Hinkson (USA) and Kaeson Trench (Canada) and teenage sensation Thierry Gale who is based in Hungary make up a very impressive roster to call on, something Latapy is very pleased to have.

“I am delighted that I can call on these players and they’re answering the call.

All good teams have good players and each of these players fall into that bracket.

What I’m most happy about is the attitude they show around the dressing room and the professionalism, and we want this to rub off on some of the players, especially the younger ones”, Latapy said.

Latapy has made some significant changes to the roster and has shown trust in the youth by naming eight players from the U23 team in tonight’s squad.

“I’m going to pick the players who I think deserve to play, who work the hardest, who understand their role and responsibilities the best.  Those are the ones who are going to play, doesn’t matter what age they are”, said Latapy.

Tonight’s match kicks off at 6 p.m.

Men’s National Team Squad and Staff vs St Martin on September 5, 2019

1.      Kishmar Primus

2.      Liam Brathwaite

3.      Carl Hinkson

4.      Riccardio Morris

5.      Shane Codrington

6.      Keason Trench

7.      Akeem Hill

8.      Rashad Smith

9.      Mario Williams

10.  Nicoli Brathwaite

11.  Hadan Holligen

12.  Jomo Harris

13.  Omani Leacock

14.  Raheim Sargeant

15.  Hallam Hope

16.  Thiery Gale

17.  Nick Balackman

18.  T-Shane Lorde

19.  Rashad Jules

20.  Armando Lashley

 

Staff 

1.      Ahmed Mohamed         Technical Director

2.      Russell Latapy                Head Coach

3.      Fitzgerald Carter            Ass. Coach

4.      Martin Newton               Manager

5.      Ryan Brewster               Trainer

6.      Richard Bynoe               GK Coach

7.      Nicola Yard                     Medic

8.      Patrick Mapp                   Equipment Manager

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