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U20 Men looking for KO berth

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The Under-20 men’s team of the Barbados Football Association are on the trek to qualify for the next round in this year’s Concacaf Men’s Championship beginning tomorrow.

And with the inclusion of three overseas-based players, the team will be looking to deliver top-level football at the tournament, which kicks off tomorrow at the Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

The young Tridents, placed in Group D, will face Bermuda on Wednesday, hosts Puerto Rico on Friday and wrap up when they clash against the Cayman Islands next Saturday in this first round of qualifiers.  

And Head Coach Fitzgerald Carter, who was recently appointed, would be looking to make their mark in this competition, having not won any CU20 competitions.

Bermuda, who will be participating for the third time in this competition, has a record of seven games played in the Championships, drawing two games, losing five and winning none.

Hosts Puerto Rico, who will also be competing for the third time in this tournament and has also played seven matches in the CU20, has won three games, lost four and drawn none.

Meanwhile, The Cayman Islands, who will be competing for the second time, has played four games with one win, one draw and two losses, while Barbados who has also played four games and will be participating for the second time, has lost three and drawn one game.

Following the draw at Concacaf Headquarters in Miami, Florida, 17 teams were divided into one group of five and three groups of four teams to contest the round-robin play.

This means Barbados will have to beat Bermuda, Puerto Rico and the Cayman Islands to qualify for the Knockout Stage, where they will be met by the top three finishers from four groups of 16 in the Second Round Group Stage.

After that round-robin play, the top three finishers of each group will advance to the Knockout Stage of the competition.

The final stage of the competition (Round of 16, Quarterfinal, Semifinal and Final) will be played in a single match elimination format, with the semifinalist qualifying to the 2021 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Indonesia.

SQUAD: Abiola Grant, Andre Applewhaite, Donte Greenidge, Hashim Brewster, Jaiden Miller, Janeico Baptiste, Nashton Browne, Niall Reid-Stephen, Shaquanie Phillips, Shaquon Phillips, Tyrique Belle, Thierry Gale, Nigel Griffith, Pepijn De Koning, Roshon Gittens, Lemar Catlyn, Jahmali Hutson, Nathan Skeete and Jaylan Gilkes.

OFFICIALS: Ahmed Mohamed, Fitzgerald Carter, Orlando Mapp, Dennis Callender and Wendley Carter.

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