The Barbados Soccer Academy (BSA) ended their Canadian tour on the weekend with a 1-1 draw against Unionville in Ontario.
The Barbadian lads opened the scoring in the 20th minute of the game thanks to their captain Renaldo Bowen, who capped off a highly successful individual tournament. Barbados were confronted by opposition who were bigger and much more physical than they were and did well to control lengthy passages of play, especially in the first half.
But in the second half of the game, the Canadian team showed greater purpose and constantly hounded the BSA’s defence. Something had to give and eventually a defensive lapse from the Bajan boys led to an equaliser for the hosts.
The Barbados team returned home today.
Chief executive officer of the BSA, Jabez ” Jack” Bovell, described the tour as a “remarkable success”. He noted that management of the team was able to form linkages with other clubs, and hopefully these Canadian teams would be in Barbados in December to participate in the Barbados/Caribbean International Youth tournament to be hosted by the BSA.
Teams from the USA, the Caribbean and Europe are expected to participate.
Bovell also revealed that the academy would be embarking on under-17 and under-19 tours to Florida in the latter part of December to participate in the Disney Showcase where hundreds of college coaches will be scouting for players.†††