President of the Barbados Football Association (BFA) is today proud of the local football fraternity after receiving the Scotiabank Concacaf Fair Play Award on behalf of Barbados.
And he hopes this signals that Barbados could soon be hoisting another trophy.
On Sunday, Harris was handed the award following the final of the Concacaf League of Nations final between Mexico and the USA at the Bronco Stadium in Denver, Colorado.
The Bajan Tridents won League C of the Concacaf Nations League tournament, and was the team that best conducted themselves on the field of play. In November 2019, the Tridents defeated the Cayman Islands Turtles in their final group phase encounter 3-0 in front of a home crowd, propelling them to League B. Both teams ended the game with 12 points, but the Tridents advanced on goal difference.
“Barbados was awarded the Fair Play trophy which was sponsored by Scotiabank. That was for the Concacaf Nations League tournament. Based on the data we had very good referee and match commissioner reports which put us in contention for this award,” Harris said.
He added: “As the president of the BFA, I think a Fair Play Award at this time is something that we are really proud of and we expect in the near future, we will not only be receiving a Fair Play Award but a trophy for being adjudged champions of some tournament or the other.”
Head Coach Russell Latapy was overjoyed with the trophy and said internally a lot of people saw football as something that was not disciplined.
“Regionally, people are looking at us and saying there is a good thing there happening and these boys are disciplined. In order to get a Fair Play trophy, the discipline has to be bang on. I think it is about time we highlight these things and change the image of the way people look at football locally," he said.