Football: Qualifier To Be Played In Florida

March 15, 2021 | 1 Comment

The BFA said they will play  the FIFA World Cup Qatar Qualifying match versus Aruba in Bradenton, Florida on March 30th saying the “switch in the venue will minimize travel fatigue” and “possible exposure to the virus.”

A BFA spokesperson said, “The recent Senior Men’s National Team training camp in Bradenton, Florida was a great opportunity to get valuable training and game minutes for all of the players and coaching staff. It gave the coaching staff the opportunity to have a look at new and fringe players.

“The training complex at IMG Academy was a great platform for youngsters Remy Coddington and Enrique Russell to score their first goals at the senior international level.

“The camp was also an opportunity to experience conditions in Florida and fully exercise the enhanced travel protocols. The lessons learned in all aspects were invaluable.

“The BFA is aware of the speculation surrounding the status of the National Team since their return to the Island. It is accepted policy that there would be no comment of any kind on individual health circumstances or provide any information that could lead to disclosing personal information. We can confirm the team delegation is currently adhering to the established public health quarantine guidelines.

“The BFA has decided to play its FIFA World Cup Qatar Qualifying match versus the Aruba National Team at the IMG Academy Complex in Bradenton, on March 30th.

“This match was previously scheduled for 7:00 pm at the National Sports Centre. This switch in the venue will minimize travel fatigue, possible exposure to the virus, and any health restrictions that may be imposed if the team were to travel back to Bermuda following the match versus the Canada National Team on March 25th in Orlando, Florida.”

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  1. Jolly Roger says:

    This shouldn’t even be allowed !
    Look at the times we are living in, why focus on football. We have individuals unemployed yet we would waste tax dollars to send players away ?
    Players should be tested by the Bermuda Sports Anti Doping Agency (At random) firstly because ………….
    I mean the team hardly wins anyways .
    Besides the point we’re sending players away to potentially catch Covid and being back home to their families . This trip is definitely not worth the risk and one has already tested positive.

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