BFA ratifies national teams for competition this summer
The Bahamas Football Association (BFA) has made history, naming its first ever women’s national beach soccer team. The team will compete in the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) World Beach Games Qualifier from August 3-5, in San Salvador, El Salvador. The team consists of experience and youth.
Named to the team are: Christabelle Izevbizua, Shagerra Edgecombe, Tara Armbrister, Karen Wert, Alexis Jewel Woodside, Chava Roberts, Stephanie Caprice, Kristin Archer, Janae Francis and Jodie Clarke.
The Head Coach is Luis Escobar and he will be assisted by Wilson DaCosta. The team manager is Jason McDowall, and the physiotherapist is Eugena Patton.
This is the first time that a women’s national squad has been named for The Bahamas for an international competition at this level in beach soccer. The event in El Salvador is a qualifier for the 2019 World Beach Games which is set for October 12-16, in Doha, Qatar.
The men’s beach soccer squad that will compete in that same qualifier has also been named.
Representing The Bahamas in San Salvador, El Salvador, are: Michael Butler, Valin Bodie, Gavin Christie, Lesly St. Fleur, Kyle Williams, Dwayne Forbes, James Thompson, Timmy Munnings, Gary Joseph and Jean Francois.
The same team officials will lead the men as Brazilian Luis Escobar will be the Head Coach and he will be assisted by DaCosta. McDowall will once again be the team manager, and Patton will be the physiotherapist.
According to team officials, the squad was named after months of training and consists of both youth and experience. They are expected to represent the country well.
The ANOC World Beach Games Qualifier is a competition for national teams from the North American, Central American and Caribbean region. The tournament will consist of eight men’s and four women’s teams, who will compete to make it to the first edition of the ANOC World Beach Games. A couple of berths will be up for grabs in the men’s category, while for the women’s, one team will make the cut, since the women’s competition in the ANOC World Beach Games has been reduced to eight teams.
The two finalists will qualify in the men’s category, and in terms of the women’s qualifier, the competition will be framed in a group of four, playing a round-robin format. The team that tops the group after the three days of competition will be the one with a ticket to the ANOC World Beach Games 2019 in Qatar.
The BFA Technical Department also ratified the under-15 boys national squad that will compete in the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) Qualifiers from August 4-9. Prior to this competition, the boys will be given an opportunity to take part in warm-up matches against the Turks & Caicos Islands. Those matches will be held from July 25-28.
That experience will allow coaches to work on tactics and see the boys in live action before major competition begins.
Named to the team are: Roen Davis, Kenaz Swain, Jordin Wilson, Kevin Thomas, Derrick Ferguson, Macaih Pierre, Rovaro Underwood, William Gardiner, Aiden Lowe, Joshua Hamilton, Anwar Tucker, Nathan Seymour, Sean Lyons, Kymani Jaden Hanna, Peyton Johnson, and Matthew Beneby.
The team will be coached be Sherwaine Arthurs and he will be assisted by Ricardo Freemantle.
All of the tournaments are sanctioned by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA).