President of the Barbados Football Association Randy Harris has lauded the senior women for a stellar performance following their win against Suriname over the weekend.
He also hailed the senior men’s team for their efforts having been starved in competitive football since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
“The women’s team are to be congratulated because they came out atop of their two-match series. We are happy about that. Our women’s development program is going quite well, and we look forward to them competing later next month in the Concacaf Women’s Qualifiers,” he said.
The Lady Tridents ended their game against Suriname with a 1-1 draw on Friday, followed by a 1-0 win over the hosts on Sunday.
However, the Bajan Tridents, who were without many familiar faces, lost 1-0 to the hosts, and their second game against Guyana’s Golden Jaguars was abandoned in the first half following COVID-19 related concerns.
Regarding the men, Harris said one also had to take into consideration this was not a level playing field.
“We were always going to compete against two countries who were able to have competition during the pandemic. We, however, have not had that luxury, but we’re quite happy with what we’re seeing right now,” he said.
But Harris said the tri-nation series was still a good developmental step, despite the many setbacks as a result of COVID-19. Two people in the Barbados camp have been impacted, with one remaining in Suriname in quarantine, while the other person arrived with the rest of the team on Monday.
“All of our players left Barbados with a negative PCR test in order to enter Suriname. I would be careful to suggest that whatever happened in Suriname may be because of an outbreak. That is always a chance we have to take in this environment. At first, we thought there were at least eight players that tested positive, so we’re still in a good position,” he said.
Both teams now fix their attention on further training for their upcoming games.