The Barbados Under-17 football team is currently in St. Kitts competing in Caribbean Football Union (CFU) qualifiers, seeking to move to the next stage in their Under-17 World Cup campaign.
The Barbadians are competing in Group 5 of the CFU qualifiers , which also include home team St. Kitts and the United States Virgin Islands. Grenada withdrew at the eleventh hour and Barbados were slated to play St Kitts tonight at 7 p.m.
On Tuesday Barbados defeated US Virgin I slands 4-1 with goals coming from Shakille Belle in the 61st and 72nd minutes, Len-Ross Davis in the 15th minute and Ocean Sobers-Henry in the 73rd minute. The half- time score was 1-1.
Coach Kenville Layne, who guided the last Barbados Under-17 team to a place in the CONCACAF play- offs for the first time, said he was also expecting the current squad to move to the next stage.
“We are ready. We are not taking anyone for granted and our objective is to get nine points and move on,” Layne said.
Barbados qualified for the CONCACAF play- offs last February in Jamaica but were eliminated by Honduras and Canada, who went on to the 2011 Under-17 World Cup in Mexico.
Should Barbados win the group in St. Kitts, they would qualify for the 12-team CONCACAF play-offs which are scheduled for Panama in April 2013. Four teams from the region will then advance to the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup finals in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in October.
The Barbados squad flew to St. Kitts last Friday, a day after the management and players were given a positive send-off by corporate supporters and well-wishers. The squad was presented with training shirts by United Insurance and team-manager Dave Small assured marketing manager Sharron Alleyne-Elcock that the assistance would be put to good use and added that the team would do Barbados proud.
The full squad: Ramar Millar (captain ) , Ranaldo Bailey, Shakille Belle, Andre Blackman, Shaquille Boyce, Rosean Brathwaite, Damian Clarke, Rasheed Clarke, Len Ross-Davis, Keon Harding, Carl Hinkson, Sebastian Hunte, T’Shane Lorde, Timothy Maynard, Rishi Panjwani, Ocean Sobers, Javon Taylor and Niko Terho.
Management Team – Kenville Layne (coach), Dave Small (Manager), Albert Mapp (Assistant Coach), Barry Taylor (Assistant Manager), Nicola Yarde and Gregory Clarke.