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Canada eliminates Tridents from U17 Championships

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The Barbados Football Association’s national Under-17 team’s hopes of advancing to World Cup 2019 were dashed on Monday when they were flogged 4-0 by Canada in their final group match of the Concacaf U17 Championships at the IMG Academy, Bradenton, Florida.

Playing goalless in the first half, the Tridents speed was not enough to stop the Canadians from opening the scoring when Jacen Russell-Rowe struck in the 14th minute. Andre Applewhaite scored an own goal in the 40th off a free kick taken by Simon Colyn . 

The first time the two teams faced off against each other was in February 2011 in Jamaica, when the Canadians won 8-0.

While their spirits appeared renewed in the second half, the young Tridents had five goals on target. It still was not enough to get their names on the scorecard before Kamaron Habibullah pocketed another one for the Canadians in the 74th. Jeremie Nkoy followed five minutes later to seal the deal for the Canadians and send the Bajans packing.

However, the young Bajan Tridents led Group F with nine saves and the match with 89 per cent pass accuracy.

Following the game BFA’s Technical Director Ahmed Mohamed said unfortunately the plan did not go as expected.

“The main goal was to make sure we don’t get that many goals because we had the chance to qualify still,” he said.

However, Mohamed said they would go back to the drawing board, reset and continue training.


Barbados ended the tournament with one point behind Guatemala, while Canada finished second on six points and USA topped the group with nine points.

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