Barbados looking to beat Bermuda in friendly
After stunning Bermuda at home late last year, Barbados will be looking to do the same thing when the teams meet again in an international football friendly at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex on Sunday from 4 p.m.
This time, the Tridents will be sporting a home-field advantage against the visitors who will be seeking to revenge their narrow 3-2 defeat.
Explaining that all was in order for the return game, technical director at the Barbados Football Association Ahmed Mohamed said his side was ready on all fronts for the encounter.
“We have been working since we left Bermuda last year without interruption so the team is ready for the coming game,” Mohammed said.
“We are more mentally ready this time because our main problem up until now was always the concentration. So we have been working on that a lot,” added Mohamed.
Mohamed said Bermuda will be tough opponents since they have a lot of returning overseas players.
“The majority of the team is based outside of Bermuda and that will be very good preparation for us for our first game against Guyana [in the CONCACAF Nations League] and they are similar to Bermuda because the majority of their players are also coming from outside,” he said.
Barbados also have games against El Salvador, Nicaragua and the US Virgin Islands.
Mohamed said Barbados will also be employing the overseas talents of goalkeeper Keasel Broome, who plays in the USL, and Carl Hinkson, who is back home to make his national team debut after playing at the college level in the United States.
With teenaged striker Dishon “Eto’o” Howell changing the game for the Bajans last year to see them coming from trailing 1-2 to win 3-2 in a matter of minutes, Mohamed said that the plan was not to lean too heavily on the youngster as he still had some growing to do.
“Eto’o is still young so our main goal is to integrate him into the team step by step. So he will have his time but he will not start,” Mohamed said.
It is expected that Barbados’ attack will be led by exciting players such as Hadan Holligan, Rashad Jules and last season’s top goalscorer in the Premiership, Zeco Edmee. (BFA)