Footballers To Attend Camp & Play vs Canada

February 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Bermuda Football Association [BFA] announced that the Senior Men’s National Team will be attending a training camp at the IMG Academy Complex next month in advance of their match against Canada on Thursday, March 25th, 2021.

A spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Football Association would like to announce that the Senior Men’s National Team [SMNT] will be preparing for their Concacaf FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers.

“The Bermuda National Team will be attending a training camp at the IMG Academy Complex from Tuesday, March 2nd, until Monday, March 8th. The Bahamas National Football Team will be joining the SMNT to play two training matches on March 5th, and 7th.”

“We are happy that we could arrange the training camp for the team to enable them to get valuable match minutes,” said the BFA President, Mark Wade. “The tour also represents an opportunity to fully exercise the enhanced travel protocols required due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The safety of our players and staff has been at the forefront of our planning. We are grateful for the support and guidance of the Ministry of Youth Culture and the Department of Health who assisted in establishing travel protocols that will be used throughout the World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign.”

The travelling team and staff will be as follows: Jaylon Bather, Keishon Bean, Jomei Bean-Lindo, Eusebio Blankendal, Willie Clemons, Remy Coddington, Liam Evans, Azende Furbet, Jahkari Furbert, Jahquil Hill, Quinaceo Hunt, Richard Jones Jr., Dante Leverock, Zeiko Lewis, Calon Minors, Jordan Outerbridge, Cecoy Robinson, Tokia Russell, Jibri Lawrence-Salaam, Knory Scott, Lejaun Simmons, London Steede-Jackson, and Trey Tucker.

  • Head coach – Kyle Lightbourne
  • Technical Director – Maurice Lowe
  • Manager – Ardyne Smith
  • Video Analyst – Stanley McDowall
  • Physio – Craig Brown

The BFA also announced that the Bermuda National Team will play their opening match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers against Canada on Thursday, March 25th, with the match to take place at the Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

A spokesperson said, “The Senior Men’s National Team [SMNT] will play their opening match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers against Canada on Thursday, March 25th, 2021.

“The match will take place on neutral ground at the Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida, home to MLS side Orlando City and NWSL side Orlando Pride, and will kick off at 8:00pm E.T. The match was changed to this neutral location due to Canada’s current travelers’ restrictions which only allow essential workers to travel.

“The match against Canada will be the first of four Qualifiers that are scheduled for March and June 2021. After Canada, the SMNT is scheduled to host Aruba on Tuesday, March 30th, at the National Sports Centre. The remaining Group B matches will see Bermuda host Suriname on Friday, June 4th, and an away match against the Cayman Islands on June 8th.”

President of the BFA, Mark Wade said, “The World Cup is the pinnacle of world football and we are happy to finally get the games underway. We hope to see a great performance from our Gombey Warriors in our opening match against Group B favorites Canada which should set the stage for success against the other teams in our group.”

“The winner of Group B will be playing the winner of Group E in a pre-determined match- up. There will be a home and away fixture of this Second Round to determine who will progress to the Final Round, with the other Second Round winners.

“The Final Round will see the three Second Round winners join Honduras, United States, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Jamaica. This Round will feature a round-robin round of all 8 teams and will commence September 2021. The top three teams of this Final Round will qualify for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.”

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