Barbados were held to scathing 7-0 loss when they opened their campaign in the Caribbean Football Union Women's Challenge Series in Jamaica earlier today. Coming up against Cuba in their Group B fixture at the University of the West Indies Jamaica Football Federation Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence, the first half saw the Bajans conceding five goals and now the local lasses now have a lot of ground to cover as they ready themselves for the World Cup Qualifiers next month.
After the game, Assistant Coach Michael Foster said that the the loss could be put down to a lack of fitness and some tactical mistakes. “Looking at the game overall, they weren't that much better than us that suggested a scoreline of 7-0, which is what we lost. We gave away some silly and needless goals and you have got to remember that Cuba is a team that plays together, they virtually live together and have been training together for the last two or more years. A lot of our girls have never played together. Two of our girls came back from the States and one came from England and they have never played with the team before.” he said
With the series designed to ready the women for next month's qualifiers, Foster went on to say that there was still some positives to be taken away from the encounter. Overall, not a bad performance. The scoreline suggest otherwise but not a bad performance. Looking forward to the World Cup Qualifiers, we have to work a lot more on fitness. We have to really put in that work between then and now and we have to look at more tactical and technical awareness of the game. Disappointing, but it's not the end of the road. We have Jamaica and it will be interesting to see how we do against them and we are looking forward to it.” he said.