March 31, 2021
The past four days will be a period that The Bahamas senior men’s national soccer team will want to forget as they lost 4-0 again, this time to Guyana. The teams played on neutral ground in what was a home game for Guyana in the FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) 2022 World Cup Qualifiers for the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) region at the Estadio Olímpico Félix Sánchez in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
That loss yesterday afternoon comes off another 4-0 loss that The Bahamas suffered – at the hands of St. Kitts and Nevis at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium this past Saturday night.
It is a rough start to Team Bahamas’ campaign for the world cup qualifiers.
Team captain Lesly St. Fleur said although the team started the game slow, they were able to get more shots than in the game against the Kittitians.
“We had a slow start and during the game we started to play our game. We had more shots than the last game. We just have to work extra hard and follow the instructions that are given to us and we must believe,” St. Fleur said.
Known as one of the best goal scorers in the Caribbean, St. Fleur was unable to find the back of the net for a second straight game.
The Bahamas collapsed just seven minutes into the game as the Guyanese squad got on the scoreboard thanks to a goal from Terence Vancooten in the eighth minute. The League Two Stevenage defender was able to get the ball past Bahamian goalkeeper Ian Lowe to give his team the early lead.
Both teams were unable to score for the next 30-plus minutes before referee, Guatemalan Sergio Reyna, blew the half-time whistle with Guyana holding a slim lead. For the second straight game, Team Bahamas was also down 1-0 at the half.
Less than 10 minutes into the second half, Guyana struck again. This time it was Kadell Daniel who plays professionally in Greece for Kingstonian. He scored in the 54th minute.
In the 70th minute, substitute Omari Glasgow scored his maiden goal in his second appearance for the Guyana Golden Jaguars to put his team up 3-0.
The ball did not bounce in favor of The Bahamas in this game, similar to what happened in the game against St. Kitts and Nevis. Guyanese Emery Wilson, who plays professionally for Israeli Club Hapoel Ra’anana, scored an insurance goal for his squad in the 81st minute. It was déjà vu for The Bahamas and Head Coach Nesley Jean as they gave up three goals in the second half again.
The final nine-plus minutes of the game yielded no goals for The Bahamas ‘Junkanoo Boys’. Their chance of advancing to the next round is now very slim.
A look at the Group F standings shows that The Bahamas is the only team looking for points as they sit in fifth position with no wins in two games. They have a -8 goal difference.
St. Kitts and Nevis leads the group with a 2-0 win/loss record, scoring six points. Trinidad and Tobago sits in second place with four points after recording a win and a loss. Guyana moved up to third place with a 1-1 win/loss record, scoring three points. Puerto Rico is just ahead of The Bahamas in fourth position with one point after a draw and a loss.
Only the winner of the group will advance to the second round of the world cup qualifiers.
Team Bahamas continues group play on Wednesday June 2 in an away game against Puerto Rico. Their final group game is a home game against Trinidad and Tobago set for Saturday June 6 at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. No times have been provided for either game as yet.
News date : 03/31/2021 Category : Sports