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Technical Director pleased with team’s performance

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TECHNICAL DIRECTOR of the Barbados Football Association, Ahmed Mohamed, is happy with the performance of the national team at the recently concluded Windward Islands Football Association’s Men’s Football Tournament in Grenada despite their bottom finish.

“Our performance in general was exceptional. We played four good games; we won one, drew one and lost one as the match against St Lucia did not count,” he said during an interview with NATIONSPORT.

Grenada took the top spot with seven points, with Dominica ending on six points as the only undefeated team. St Lucia were third with five points. While St Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados both ended on four points, St Vincent had the better goal difference to leave Barbados in the cellar position.

Chalking their disappointing performance down to fatigue in the game against fourth-placed St Vincent and the Grenadines, Mohamed said more recovery time was needed.

“We were not concentrating enough in the second half to manage that 2-1 advantage we had. There was tiredness and fatigue as a result of the back-to-back games we played.

Sometimes some players need more time to recover and regenerate and that is what happened. When you’re tired, you cannot concentrate as much,” he said.

While Mohamed admitted the Bajan Tridents waited until their final match against Grenada to show their skills, he said they played well against teams who showcased mainly international players.

“Against Grenada we played a superb game. We showed everybody that we were ready. The first game was unfortunate. We played against the great Dominica with a lot of overseas players,” he said.

“I must say we held our own against them, even though we had more ball possession, but we didn’t capitalise on our chances.

Unfortunately, they did not go in the right direction, but it is not easy to play a team with a ten-man defence.

We gave our best and that’s the way it turned out.”

Mohamed is going back to the drawing board to get the team up to scratch ahead of next year’s Nations League, which is set to be played in March.

“I am quite confident about the future. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I saw a lot of improvement during the . . . tournament. From here on in we will do our best to prepare the team for the Nations League. Before that, we have two friendly matches which will help us to prepare.

“The main goal is to get the teams to play as many games ahead of the Challenge League. We have a development plan for the national team and one of those steps is to improve in the technical and tactical areas and mental aspect to ensure we have a team ready to participate in the Nations League,” he said.

Adapted from nationnews.com  - rachelleagard@nationnews.com

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