Members of the Barbados Football Association’s (BFA) National Senior Men’s Team have been made aware of new playing protocols under the COVID-19 regime, as they gear up to resume preparations for the Qualifiers of the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup.
That is because President Randy Harris has given the green light for national training to resume at the Wildey Turf, but under strict conditions.
And while he had previously said no type of football activity would be played to ensure players and officials would be at minimum risk for the COVID-19 virus, he noted officials were of the view that they could manage the activity which is set to begin next Tuesday.
“The BFA is trying to get our national selection in training. We have put some special protocols in place which we will go through tonight. That is only for the national selection along with players invited to trials and officials of the clubs where the players were selected,” he said.
He explained that they would go through all the necessary protocols so the players could see what had been put in place, but they would also be guided by the authorities as to whether those protocols would be adequate and make the necessary adjustments.
And while FIFA has not decided on a new date for the resumption of competitive football in the region, Harris, who is also Vice President of Concacaf said following a FIFA Executive Council meeting held earlier today, it was the proverbial wait and see game.
“They will look at their calendar afresh as that will affect the Concacaf calendar. Concacaf is supposed to have a meeting with the Executive Council in the middle of July to come up with a format for World Cup Qualifiers, and of course any news on the adjustment to the qualification for the Gold Cup,” he said.
But Harris said Barbados wanted to be ready for the restart of the competition.
“We have done pretty well this year and we will want to continue on that trajectory,” he stressed.
“It is all up to the players. I hope the players understand that this is the opportunity of a lifetime for them, and it will be the first time in many years that we have qualified for something significant. We have never made it to the Gold Cup Finals so that at least should be their main target in the match coming ahead. We have the technical team to assist them in going forward. The commitment and passion from the players, we hope that we can instill that as we continue the preparations,” Harris said.