“We are ready!” That is the word from Technical Director of the Barbados Football Association Ahmed Mohamed as he spoke today ahead of this weekend's game in the Concacaf Nations League qualifiers. Set to play their first home-game at the Wildey Turf against the United States Virgin Islands this Sunday, the Bajan Tridents are in a need-to-win situation after picking up a draw and a loss thus far in their campaign.
After playing Guyana in September and El Salvador in October, the team is currently going through their final paces ahead of their penultimate qualifying game and Mohamed said that training was going well. “The team is looking good. We have a bright roster and everybody is on board. So far everything is going well and we don't have any injuries. I am happy with what I am seeing. We were focussing on different areas and so far, I am satisfied. We have a couple more training sessions and we are looking to get the job done.” he said.
Noting that every game was different, Mohamed explained that the upcoming assignment would hold true to the same and that the Tridents would be putting their best foot forward. He also went on to say that he believed that now, more than ever, the team needed the support of the home crowd. “It doesn't matter who you are playing against, you always need home support. As you know, football is played over 90 minutes so the 12th man must come and support the team on the good days and the bad days. One thing is for sure, this game will be a very attractive game, a very good game. We want to make our home supporters happy.” he said.
With national team captain Rashad Jules expected to miss the crucial match due to a groin injury, local fans can expect to see some familiar faces back in the side after a bout of absence. Former captain Mario Harte, long-time solid Centre-Back Ricardio Morris and midfield magician Romario Harewood are back in the fold and Mohamed said that he expects the trio to fit seamlessly into the set-up. “They know how the system works and it will be like they were never out of the team. It is always good to work with experienced players. We have put everything that happened behind us . We are all professionals and everybody is focussing on this game. The main importance is this game so they have been integrated into the team.” he said.