After stunning Bermuda at home in Hamilton late last year, the Barbados national team will be looking to do the same thing this coming weekend as the visitors come in search of revenge. They clash in the return international friendly match this coming Sunday at 4:00 PM, when the Tridents will be sporting a home-field advantage at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex.
Explaining that all was in order for the return game, Technical Director at the Barbados Football Association Ahmed Mohamed said that his side was ready for the match up.
“We have been working since we left Bermuda last year without interruption so the team is ready for the coming game. We are more mentally prepared this time because our main problem up untill now was always concentration. So we have been working on that a lot. Bermuda is a really tough opponent and they have a lot of overseas players in their line-up. The majority of the team is based outside of Bermuda and that will be very good preparation for us for our first game against Guyana [in the Concacaf Nationa League]” he said.
Other than the local players at his disposal, Mohamed said that we would also be employing overseas talents such as Goalkeeper Keasel Broome, who plays in the USL, and Carl Hinkson, who will be making his senior national team debut after playing at the college level in the US.
With Dishon 'Eto'o' Howell changing the game for the Bajans last year that saw them coming from 2-1 to take the 3-2 win in a matter of minutes, Mohamed said that the plan was not to lean too heavily on the youngster as he still had some growing to do.
“Eto'o is still young so our main goal is to integrate him into the team step-by-step. So he will have his time but he will not start.” Mohamed said.
Player Position Club
Keasel Broome Goalkeeper Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Kishmar Primus Goalkeeper Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme
Jason Boxill Goalkeeper Paradise
Ranaldo Bailey Defender Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme
Shane Codrington Defender Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme
Teriq Highland Defender Weymouth Wales
Carl Hinkson Defender SIUE Cougars
Rashad Smith Defender Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme
Paul Alexander Defender Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme
Jomo Harris Defensive Midfielder AZ Western
Akeem Hill Defensive Midfielder Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme
Rashad Jules Left Midfield Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme
Ackeel Applewhaite Left Midfield Paradise
Raheim Sargeant Right Midfield Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme
Ray Francis Midfielder Pinelands/BFA U20 Programme
Hadan Holligan Offensive Midfield Weymouth Wales
Darico King Offensive Midfield Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme
Zeco Edmee Striker Clayton's Kola Tonic Notre Dame
Dishon Howell Striker Pro Shottas/BFA U20 Programme
Thierry Gale Striker Pro Shottas/BFA U17 Programme
Ahmed Mohamed – Technical Director, Fitzgerald Carter – Assistant Coach, Michael Foster – Assistant Technical Director, Martin Newton – Team Manager, Nicola Yard – Team Medic, Ryan Brewster – Team Trainer, Richard Bynoe – Goalkeeper Coach