Nicaragua's goalkeeper Justo Lorente pushing a goal bound Barbados strike around the post, while Shane Codrington (left), Keason Trench (centre) and Mario Williams (right) keep close watch.
The names have been drawn and the 20-man squad has been selected for Thursday’s group phase of the Concacaf Nations League Game against (French) Saint Martin.
With home advantage on a familiar field, at the Barbados Football Association’s Wildey Turf, nothing less than victory will suffice for the Tridents in their historical match against their North American counterparts.
True to his word, Head Coach Russell “The Little Magician” Latapy has chosen the best team he believes will get the job done.
Concacaf is quoted as saying “Barbados has also had some of the strongest home form in the entire confederation in recent times, having become a difficult beast to break down when playing at the friendly confines of Wildey”.
The article went on to say: “In 2018, the Bajans fended off Bermuda, Belize, Jamaica and Cuba in four successive home matches, completing three shutouts along the way.”
Unlike the last roster against Nicaragua for the senior Tridents’ last official showcase, two more players have been added to the line-up with a few interesting changes made.
Set to make their debut with the senior squad are English professional player Nick Blackman, a striker with Maccabi Tel Aviv, 18-year-old midfielder Nicoli Brathwaite who had a training stint with English League 2 Club, Leyton Orient and Under-23 captain Carl Hinkson, who led his team to a 5-0 victory against USVI in Concacaf’s Olympic Qualifying Championship in July.
Also making another appearance with the team is England’s League 2 Club Carlisle United Hallam Hope, who scored the two goals against Guyana last September in the team’s first Nations League outing.
Eighteen-year-old Thierry Gale, who usually strikes will be in an offensive midfielding position when he joins the senior men on the turf, along with Under-20 captain Kaeson Trench who will be defending.
Additionally, Liam Brathwaite, who made his return in the team’s Nations League matchup against USVI last November, will once again join Kishmar Primus in the goal bars.
Fans will be watching to see Hadan Holligan, utility man Raheim Sargeant, Jomo Harris, Mario Williams and Omani Leacock join Nicoli Brathwaite and Gale on midfield watch.
Meanwhile, Ricardio Morris, Shane Codrington, Akeem Hill and Rashad Smith will be looking to feature in the centre of the defence, to protect either Primus or Liam Brathwaite.
Similarly, Captain Rashad Jules, Blackman and Hope will link upfront with T-Shane Lorde and Armando “Sugar” Lashley to find the back of the nets and seal the deal for the Tridents at the end of the 90 minutes.
Team: Kishmar Primus, Liam Brathwaite, Carl Hinkson, Ricardio Morris, Shane Codrington, Keason Trench, Akeem Hill, Rashad Smith, Mario Williams, Nicoli Brathwaite, Hadan Holligan, Jomo Harris, Omani Leacock, Raheim Sargeant, Hallam Hope, Thiery Gale, Nick Blackman, T-Shane Lorde, Rashad Jules and Armando Lashley.
Staff: Ahmed Mohamed (Technical Director), Russell Latapy (Head Coach), Fitzgerald Carter (Assistant Coach), Martin Newton (Manager), Ryan Brewster (Trainer), Richard Bynoe (Goalkeeper Coach), Nicola Yard (Medic) and Patrick Mapp (Equipment Manager).