Following their 2-2 draw against Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz on Monday night the Bajan Tridents have set their sights on the next assignment – the Lions of Cuba.
The Tridents will tackle Cuba this Sunday and on Wednesday in two international friendlies, as they complete their preparations for the CONCACAF Nations League Qualifiers.
Speaking during the post-game media conference for the Barbados/Jamaica clash, Barbados Football Association technical director Ahmed Mohammed said there would be no changes to the look of the team despite moving from playing against a higher-ranked team in the Reggae Boyz to a lower-ranked one in Cuba. He said it was just a matter of getting the team physically ready for the two games.
“We will continue to do what we have been doing up to now. There is no change needed because when you play against Cuba and Jamaica, it is totally different to what people are used to in the past. The only thing we need to do is to recover as soon as possible because we do not have that much time.”
In the game against Jamaica, young custodian Kishmar Primus aggravated an
old injury while putting down a masterful save of a penalty. Of that situation, Mohamed said that although he expected Primus to be in form for the Cuba game, there was no shortage of quality between the uprights.
“We have three top goalkeepers. Jason Boxill is here. Dario Weir is here. So it doesn’t matter who is out and who is in, we always have people that can fill in. All three are very experienced goalkeepers and the one with the least experience is Primus. Boxill is here and he did his job very well and we need his experience especially when we are playing against such opponents. We have no problems,” he said.
With the Nations League drawing near, Barbados team captain Rashad Jules said his team was in the right frame-of-mind to get the job done.
“I believe that all the players’ minds are geared to work hard. As you would have seen from tonight [Monday], we do not care what opposition we come up against, we will work hard, fight and stick together as a unit. We also need the support of the fans like tonight [Monday]. It was great support! Basically, our minds are geared to go through whatever we need to go through to get a result.
“We know the importance of the Nations League and what it could mean for Barbados and ourselves. You can look for hard work, dedication and commitment from the guys,” Jules said.
Both games against Cuba will be played at the Wildey, St Michael AstroTurf with Sunday’s game starting at 7 p.m. Next Wednesday’s game starts at 8 p.m.