Bermuda Football (BFA) Association has named a new twenty man team for the second round Caribbean Cup match against French Guiana.
Reggie Lambe will captain in the absence of Kieshen Bean who is unavailable for Wednesday’s game.The absence of several senior members has created a number of openings with Andrew Bascome, the head coach, opting to bring in some fresh faces.
Among the missing are Osagi Bascome, Shaki Smith, Jahkari Furbert, Quintonio Lema, James Pace, Jabri Salaam and Kacy Butterfield. Many of the youngsters were national youth players only a couple of years ago, but Maurice Lowe, the BFA technical director, insists that all the players have been picked on merit alone.
“We’re not trying to ‘bring anybody along’, players have been included because they belong there,” Lowe said. “Many of them are U-20 players; it speaks to our national academy as being a proper academy now.”
On the squad are veteran Damon Ming, Rai Simons, Dale Eve, and Jahquil Hill, goalkeeper in place of Eve. Jaylon Bather, Zeiko Lewis, Killian Elkinson and Dante Leverock, have also been included along with Roger Lee, Drewonde Bascome and Willie Clemons.
“James Pace has been on the fringe just recently with a couple of the other squads that we put together, so we’re thankful to him for making himself available again,” Lowe said. “You get rewarded if you persevere and we’re looking for good things from him, and everyone else who has been included. We still have a ways to go in terms of work ethic, but this team is ready and willing to put in some work. We’re going to work hard.”
Squad: Drewonde Bascome, Damon Ming, Jaylon Bather, Jahquil Hill, Rai Simons, Shakir Smith, Jahkari Furbert, Dale Eve, James Pace, Roger Lee, willie Clemons, Reggie Thompson-Lambe (captain), Osagi Bascome, Zeiko Lewis, Quintonio Lema, Jonte Smith, Jabri Salaam, Kilian Elkinson, Kacy Butterfield, Dante Leverock.
Officials: Andrew Bascome (head coach), Kyle Lightbourne (assistant coach), Johnny Moreira (goalkeeper coach), Daniel Morgan (physio), Maurice Lowe (technical development director), Crenstant Williams (head of delegation).
The team will return to Bermuda to play the Dominican Republic on June 4 at the National Sports Centre at 9pm.