Barbados just cannot seem to get away from long-time rivals, the United States Virgin Islands and the Bajan Tridents will have to face them once again when the Concacaf Men's Caribbean Olympic Qualifiers. After handing down a 3-0 drubbing to the USVI team in their most recent encounter back in November, Barbados will be going up against them in July when they seek a spot in next year's Summer Olympics.
During a draw that was conducted yesterday at Concacaf's head office in Miami by Head of National Competitions, Carlos Fernandez, Barbados saw their name being pulled second from Pot 2, a grouping that also contained St. Kitts and Nevis, the Dominican Republic and Suriname.
With the 16 teams from Under the Caribbean Football Union divided into four groups, Barbados will be competing in Group B against the likes of Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba and the USVI. With teams playing in a Round Robin, the group winners will advance to a play in where Group A will take on Group D and Group B goes up against the Group C winner. The two remaining sides will go on to meet up with three from North America and three from Central America
Speaking after the draw Technical Director of the Barbados Football Association, Ahmed Mohamed said that he felt good about the team's chances. “Cuba will be a real fight but we should do well. I know the USVI team and our new Head Coach Russell Latapy knows Trinidad. I have done the research and the draw is in our favour.” he said.