The senior men of the Barbados Football Association (BFA) have set their eyes on victory in their final two encounters of the Concacaf Nations League.
The Bajan Tridents are set to play (French) Saint Martin in their return game at the Raymond E. Guishard Technical Center, Anguilla, later today, before facing the Cayman Islands again at the BFA’s Wildey Turf next Tuesday.
The homeboys currently stand at the top of League C, in Group A, with nine points after scoring 11 goals so far in the competition. And while they are tied with the Cayman Islands, who are currently on the same number of points, the Tridents are ahead on goal difference.
To advance to League B and a chance to qualify for the upcoming 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup, the Tridents need to secure victories in both games.
In September, they played to a 4-0 victory over Saint Martin at home and were edged out 2-3 by the Cayman Islands at their Truman Bodden Sports Complex home ground. However, the homeboys redeemed themselves to overtake the Cayman Islands and land at the top of the group when they overcame the US Virgin Islands 5-0 (on aggregate) when they played their first game back at home last month and the return game at the Bethlehem Soccer Complex, St Croix, three days later.
And with Israel based forward Nick Blackman and League Two Club Carlisle United’s forward Hallam Hope on the 18-man squad, the Tridents are expected to return home with the blue ribbon before pulling off another win at home to round off the year on a high note.
Hope last started for the Tridents in their game against Saint Martin in September, while Blackman’s last appearance was when the home team defeated the Dashing Eagles 1-0 last month. And while Hope has not secured any goals thus far for the competiton, Blackamn has pocketed three of the 11 goals the team has captured.
Also returning to the national squad is Weymouth Wales’ 28-year-old defender Rico Graham, who has played a solid game all year, and will definitely buoy the team as they are on the hunt for two final victories.
SQUAD: Rashad Jules, Armando Lashley, Akeem Hill, Ackeel Applewhaite, Raheim Sargeant, Ranaldo Trim, Nicholas Blackman, Hadan Holligan, Hallam Hope, Mario Williams, Omani Leacock, Jomo Harris, Rico Graham, Rashad Smith, Zico Phillips, Ricardio Morris, Kishmar Primus, Liam Brathwaite.