Video: BFA President On Gold Cup Performance

June 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Bermuda’s footballers are all home grown talent which is a testament to grassroots coaches in Bermuda, and hopefully the team’s strong showing in the Concacaf Gold Cup can help create more opportunities for our players.

This was from Bermuda Football Association [BFA] President Mark Wade who was speaking to Bernews from New Jersey  as he prepares to watch the team play their final Gold Cup game on Monday evening.

The Gombey Warriors have already played Haiti and Costa Rica, with both games ending with Bermuda being narrowly defeated by a score of 2-1, with the football team impressing on the world stage by holding the regional powerhouse teams to tight scores.

Speaking on the team’s performance so far, Mr. Wade told Bernews, “I’m extremely happy. We’ve come a long way. I was involved with these young men, as far back as 2005, 2006, when I was a coach, and they were youngsters then, playing at under-15, under-13, and to see them now gravitate into the senior men’s team, and perform as well as they have on the international stage, is very, very rewarding.

Asked how he expects the team to do on Monday night in their match against Nicaragua,  Mr Wade smiled and said, “I’m going to stop short of predicting a victory, but I’m expecting the team to do very, very well.”

“I think we’ve changed some people into believers,” the BFA President said. “And hopefully, it turns into opportunities for our players.”

“We’re certainly looking to have more and more players overseas,” he said, also explaining that is is helpful to get “Bermuda some notoriety that we can produce some good players.

“I saw a post from Caribbean football, which talked about how all of our players are homegrown players, which is a testament to coaches in Bermuda, those grassroots coaches that are working every Saturday with these young men.

“The performances don’t just start and end with the players, there’s the whole backroom operation, administrative as well, that we’ve all got to learn as well so we can perform at a higher level,” he added.

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Bermuda’s team includes Nahki Wells, Dante Leverock, Jonte Smith, Reggie Lambe, Dale Eve, Oliver Jalen Harvey, Calon Minors, Roger Lee, Kacy Milan Butterfield, Jaylon Bather, Lejaun Simmons, Donte Brangman, Chikosi Basden, Zeiko Lewis, Willie Clemons, Jahquil Hill, Osagi Bascome, Cecoy Robinson, Justin Donawa, Wendell Tre Ming, Liam Evans, Marco Warren, and Quinaceo Hunt.

The Gombey Warriors have already played Haiti and Costa Rica, and will take on Nicaragua on June 24th in New Jersey in their final game of this Gold Cup.

In an effort to provide comprehensive coverage of Bermuda’s debut in this highly prestigious regional competition, Bernews has a dedicated reporter traveling with the team who is providing updates via Bernews new Sports Facebook group, with the special coverage thanks to the support of Butterfield & Vallis, One Communications, and Security Associates.

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