Tridents Head Coach happy the guys delivered the Concacaf win
Barbados Tridents seniors did the job when it count most.
The Barbados men’s senior team advanced to League B in the Concacaf Nations League earlier this week with a stylish and tactical 3-0 victory over the Cayman Islands at the Barbados Football Association (BFA) WIldey Turf.
In what many initially believed would have been an easy journey for the Tridents, it came down to their final Group A encounter, for our boys to advance to the next division.
Head Coach of the Tridents, Russell Latapy said he knew it was going to come down to the last game, especially following their defeat to Cayman Islands in George Town, eight weeks ago.
Latapy said his team was naturally upset about that particular result, but it did not deter or distract them from achieving the major prize.
“Football is about winning games, but the bigger picture for us, when we started this campaign was about qualifying for League B”, said the Trinidadian tactician.
Latapy distinctively lauded the contributions of the players, whom he said have made tremendous sacrifices to get the country into a higher division.
“I must stress the point that all credit must go to the players, because it is difficult when a new coach comes in and with new ideas, and you buying into them straight away”.
“The players have delivered on my demands and I am appreciative”, Latapy said.
He urged the local supporters to be patient and understanding as the squad is quite young and we are requesting them to play at a higher level which requires different skills, values and knowledge that takes a bit of time, however the coach said he has identified some signs which indicate we are going in the right direction.
Captain of the squad, Hadan Holligan praised his teammates for executing the plan as well as the spectators for their exceptional support, especially in the last match.
“We were under a lot of pressure (following the St. Martin defeat), but we had to go out there and played for a result; to earn a clean sheet and goals, and we executed.
The crowd played a big part in the performance tonight, the guys really enjoyed the crowd support tonight”, said a beaming Holligan.
Coach Latapy said the players will get a couple weeks off then it is back to the training ground to prepare for their Gold Qualifiers in March, 2020, where they will face one of the following teams; Guyana, Montserrat, St Vincent & the Grenadines or French Guiana over two legs.