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Soccer Coach Godet faces up to dismal showing

The Bahamas has been eliminated from 2019 Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Championships qualifying action. The national team did not do well at all in the CONCACAF Nations League qualifying matches (staged in New Providence) last year.

A 1-1 tie against Anguilla left The Bahamas winless, and Dion Godet is prepared to accept the reality of such situations. He admittedly was disappointed, and subsequently, honestly framed the circumstances related to the two defeats and one tie.

In a Nassau Guardian article written by Sports Editor Sheldon Longley, Godet made some frank comments while hinting at a self-determined departure from his position as Head Coach.

Congratulations to Godet!

It’s quite rich that he takes full responsibility for the low-level performance of Team Bahamas. He is obviously prepared to rely on the convention followed in civil sporting societies that hold the head coach accountable for successes and failures.

“This is a hard pill to swallow. I think that we put forth enough efforts to pick up three points but football demands that you produce and we didn’t close the door. We put forth a better effort than our two previous matches, but tonight we didn’t finish them off. I’m going to meet with the technical team and the hierarchy of the BFA (Bahamas Football Association) and I’m of the belief that perhaps it’s time to look in a different direction. I’ve done what I could do, and I think perhaps that we need to get someone else in and see where it goes. We need to go to the next stage and I‘m not sure that I am the one to take us there,” said Godet.

Yes, congratulations Dion Godet! He is a realist.

Godet, without intending (I think), speaks to the essence of the dilemma facing the BFA. I have long touted the BFA for its high quality administrative outreach, regionally and internationally. Competitively though, the BFA has not fostered a successful brand. The Bahamas is not considered, in the least, one of the soccer powers in the region.

Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico and other regional-friendly nations are easily ahead of us.

The Bahamas is ranked 210th in the world. By comparison, Jamaica is at No. 53; Trinidad & Tobago, 93; Haiti, 103; Antigua & Barbuda, 126; St. Kitts & Nevis, 133; the Dominican Republic, 152; Barbados, 162; Belize, 164; St. Lucia, 168; Grenada, 172; St. Vincent and the Grenadines, tied for 175th; Puerto Rico, tied for 175th; Cuba, 177; Dominica, 178; Guyana, 179; Bermuda, 180; Aruba, 185; and the U.S. Virgin Islands, 200.

As aforementioned, The Bahamas is outside of the 200 group and even behind the Cayman Islands (203) and the British Virgin Islands (207).

Indeed, the BFA has a long way to go to attain world soccer competitive respectability.

Certainly, Godet is right that something needs to be done in order for Soccer Bahamas to move to the next stage. The next stage, in my view, would be inside of the 200-nations loop.

Godet is bold and his attitude should be emulated. I agree with him, in that it ought not be business as usual within the BFA, regarding the competitiveness of teams it sends forth.

Let’s see how well, or if at all, the BFA will follow Godet’s lead.

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