Technical Director Ahmed Mohamed (left) and National Under-17 Coach Renaldo Gilkes conversing during the opening training session.
With several international assignments on the agenda for the first half of 2018, the island's senior Men's and Women's teams have hit the ground running with national squad training at the top of the year. Only a few day into 2018 and both teams are already upping the intensity as they seek to do our nation proud.
With the women getting their feet wet as early as this month when they take on Martinique at home on the 27th, they have a busy year ahead of them as they also take on St. Kitts and Nevis in March. Their greatest test comes in May when the Women's World Cup Qualifiers kick off.
The Men's senior team are also similarly engaged as they have two matches on the horizon with Bermuda and a tentative Canada making their ways here in March. They too have a major competition with the CONCACAF League of Nations slated to get off the ground in September. Also the Men's Under-23s are to also face St. Kitts and Nevis in April.
Barbados Football Association Technical Director Ahmed Mohamed said that it was his goal to prepare all national teams as adequately as possible ahead of the assignments this year but said that he knew there would be challenges. “It's not easy for most of the players because we don't have a professional squad and everybody is working and coming after work straight to the training. That will affect most of the players and if you have so many games, sometimes it is not easy. Some of the players cannot make it because of their work and that is the major challenge that we might have.” Mohamed said.