Head coach of the Barbados Football Association’s senior men’s Tridents has every confidence that the 18-man squad has what it takes to defeat USVI in their return Concacaf Nations League game tomorrow.
Speaking to the media following their 1-0 defeat of the Dashing Eagles at the Wildey Turf on Saturday, the former Trinidad and Tobago Soca Warrior said although the team would be playing minus any of their international players, they stood as good a chance as the other team.
“These are the players we work with. These are the players we trust. These are the players we live special moments with and these are the players we have to believe in. We’re going to go there. We’re going to stick to our plan. We’re gonna’ play the way we play and we’ll see what happens.
“With my experience in football, the rankings and the team on paper doesn’t win a football game. What wins a football game is the performance on the field and it’s always 11 against 11. So what I would say to my players is we’ll go out there, we’ll stand up and be counted and trust in the process, what we’re trying to do and the philosophy,” he declared.
The local boys are on a high after achieving a much-needed 1-0 victory against the Dashing Eagles to land them at the top of Group A in League C of the Concacaf standings.
“All in all it is still a process. We are getting better with every game that we play. I was happy with the structure and the organization and the discipline of the players, but it’s a process. I know where we are and I think we are getting better with every game,” he said happily.
“We try to be organized in every department of the game; offensive and defensive. That can be free kicks from central areas, from wide areas, corners for and against, we try to be organized. What we try to do is give the players a platform so that they have something they can always go to. We are always organized and we know what we’re doing. If we do things in that way, if there is a problem then we don’t have to fix five or six different situations and we can identify straight away where the problem is,” he added.
Latapy also noted that the national side, which was last captained by 22-year-old Akeem Hill, may see a different captain to substantive captain Rashad Jules from time to time.
“I’ve flirted with a lot of different options and ideas. In speaking with the staff, we know that we have a lot of good young players and part of the process in helping them to mature is giving them responsibilities. It was good to give [Hill] responsibility [on Sunday] . . . If I put the responsibility on him he knows that he has to do the job. I think it’s a thing in growing that we would put different players at different times, so we can develop their leadership qualities as well,” he said.
Hill, who sat alongside Latapy at the post-game press conference said he was delighted to have been given the responsibility as captain.
“I feel very good that I was able to captain my country at 22 years old. I am happy with the result and I’m looking forward to better things in the future. I believe the added responsibility gave me a better game. I had to lead from the front but still from the back,” he said all smiles.