A NEW ERA of local football will begin tonight at the Wildey Turf.
Russell “The Little Magician” Latapy is set to take charge of the Barbados senior national side for the first time, since his appointment to the job of head coach back in March, as the Tridents take on St Martin in Group A of League C in the Concacaf Nations League at 6 p.m.
Ever since the former Trinidadian midfield wizard took over from technical director of the Barbados Football Association (BFA) Ahmed Mohammed, a high level of excitement has filled the air given the attractive style and skills the 50-year-old portrayed in his playing days.
First impression counts, and Latapy’s tactics and philosophy will come under the microscope but the ex-Porto man has the golden opportunity to introduce himself with a debut victory in front of the home fans.
Barbados’ last game in this competition ended in a 1-0 defeat to Nicaragua at home, leaving supporters pondering the way forward as the island’s hopes of qualifying for the Concacaf Gold Cup came to a heart-breaking end.
During the last five games, the FIFA 163rd-ranked Bajan Tridents have won three and lost two, while scoring seven goals and conceding two which is a clear indication that a positive result is more than likely.
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