The Bahamas to play Turks and Caicos
The Bahamas’ men’s national beach soccer team is set to take on the Turks & Caicos this Saturday in an international friendly match. The match will take place at the Bahamas Football Association’s (BFA) National Beach Soccer Stadium at the foot of the Sir Sidney Poitier Bridge starting at 6 p.m.
Both squads are preparing for the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) Beach Soccer Championships, which are set for May 13-19, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
The teams that will compete in Puerto Vallarta are: The Bahamas, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Bonaire, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Jamaica, host country Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The top two teams will qualify for the 2019 FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) Beach Soccer World Cup which will be held from November 21 to December 1, in Asunción, Paraguay.
At the CONCACAF Championships, the 16 participating teams will be sorted into four groups of four teams. After round-robin play, the first and second place finishers of each group will advance to the quarterfinals. The quarterfinals winners will advance to the semifinals, and the semifinal winners will automatically qualify for the tournament’s final, as well as the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019.
The international friendly this Saturday has been arranged by the BFA.
The Bahamas’ team is being coached by Luis Escobar Passos da Silva and managed by Larry Minns. After the match and performance evaluations, Escobar will present his squad for the CONCACAF Championships.
A number of familiar faces are training for the squad including veterans Lesley St. Fleur, Gavin Christie and Kyle Williams.