The Bajan Tridents will be searching for a long-awaited win in the Concacaf National League when they come up against the US Virgin Islands (USVI) in their upcoming match on November 18th.
While they fought valiantly against Guyana and El Salvador, they drew 2-2 with the Golden Jaguars, who had 14 overseas players in their line-up, and lost 3-0 to El Salvador in their first two games of the tournament.
And according to Barbados Football Association’s president Randy Harris, while the game of football has developed during the last year, this is a game the local lads definitely needed to win if they intended to make it to the next round. Barbados is currently ranked 22nd with one point in the Nations League qualifying standings.
“First of all, it is expected, not only by Barbadians but by the football community on a whole, that Barbados should be victors over USVI. However, in this tournament, the teams are getting assistance with their away games from Concacaf, and obviously, they are researching and procuring the best players playing outside of their respective countries to represent them.
“We will just have to wait and see what USVI brings, but we are right now confident that we should get a positive result. We need to have it if we are to have a chance of going into the next round. We are positive and we look forward to the game,” he said.
Technical director and head coach of the team Ahmed Mohamed has hinted there may be another international player added to the line-up, but he has retained the services of English professional players Hallam Hope and Krystian “The Chief” Pearce, who both played with the Tridents in their last two international outings.
Mohamed, who led the USVI to a 1-0 victory against Barbados three years ago, described the upcoming match as special, adding they were all professionals and he was here for Barbados.
“Those 90 minutes does not count if I coach you or if I don’t coach you; it is not a friendship thing. The game plan is to go in to win. The major thing for us is not to underestimate them, as the team is not the same team that beat Barbados three years ago. They have grown, they have a lot of experience and that shows we have to play hard. USVI is the past, and the main goal is to win in those 90 minutes. They will always be my students, but during those 90 minutes they will remain like any other opponent,” he declared.
Meanwhile, national captain Rashad Jules was confident he and his teammates had this game in the bag.
“I feel great and very confident going into this game against USVI. I am confident that we will do well and get the result needed. The away games had been tough for the guys, but they prepared us for the two home games,” he said, adding that they were all in to win this game.