The suspension imposed on former national captain Mario Harte for playing out-of-season football will not be lifted anytime soon.
In fact, Barbados Football Association technical director Ahmed Mohammed made it clear last night after the game against Belize, that there was no room in the team right now for Harte or central defender Ricardo Morris who was also disciplined and suspended by the Barbados Football Association.
So far this year Barbados played two international friendly games and drew both against Bermuda in March and Belize yesterday. Explaining the reason behind the Bajan Tridents performances, Mohammed said the senior men’s team was accustomed playing subpar teams in the Caribbean instead of tougher oppositions such as teams from Central America.
“At the moment, I do not need those two players and we will see how the future looks [going forward]. It is a decision that we [BFA] took and that will remain so. As you were saying before, Barbados is drawing, drawing. I mean we played five games, we lost one and this is the sixth consecutive game. We are in a positive shape and I do not see any negativity at all. Going forward we will do our job the way we were doing it.
“The team that we have the average age is 19. I mean we have top talent, good quality. Thierry [Gale], I mean everybody knows Thierry, Thierry is the future and it is time to integrate him now. We cannot go to the past and say why John Browne isn’t on the team. No, we must focus now, this is reality. So, what we want is to build a strong team and the team individually, collectively, will be strong enough to compete with each country who will play against us.
“Barbados was used to playing Caribbean countries, this is Central America. Where you see them playing, who they are playing, I mean you don’t win every day against Honduras, El Salvador, Panama, Costa Rica. While we can beat BVI, Anguilla, they are two different types of football that we are talking here, so we cannot compare. FIFA ranking just shows a momentum because you can be top eighty but by the time one of the big boys come, that is where the language is,” Mohammed said.
He added: “We are progressing, the improvement is there, and everybody can see that…You can see our plans, so that is why I wanted to have Central Americans and going forward we will also play against strong opponents and we will focus more on other regions than what we are used to.”