After months of training, The Bahamas’ team for the 2020 CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) Under-17 Girls Championship Qualifiers has been named and is off to competition.
The team was ratified by the Bahamas Football Association’s (BFA) Technical Department, and is currently in Willemstad, Curacao, for the tournament which kicks off today and runs through Sunday. The Bahamas plays out of Group D with host nation Curacao, Guyana and St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and just the winner of the group will advance to the 2020 CONCACAF Under-17 Girls Championship.
In Group A are Honduras, St. Lucia, Anguilla and Bonaire. Group B includes Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, the Cayman Islands and Martinique. In Group C are Barbados, St. Kitts & Nevis, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Belize. The groups are spread out over four different locations in the CONCACAF region. Team Bahamas faces St. Vincent & the Grenadines in its first match at 6 p.m. this evening over at the Ergilio Hato Stadium in Willemstad, and will play the other two teams in a single round-robin format. They will play Curacao on Friday and Guyana on Sunday.
Representing The Bahamas at the qualifiers are Alexis Deveaux, Brianna Capron, Jade Thelamour, Jada Thelamour, Asia Williams, Gabrielle Simms, Angel Williams, Kaitlyn Davies, Janeka Edey, Rachel Rolle, Kendi Outten, Chane Rodriguez, Julia Raine, Samantha Ramirez, Daniella Gomez, Shasta Saunders, Hadassah Knowles, Alexis Williamson, Gabrielle Murphy and Krystal Saunders.
The head coach of the team is Kevin Davies and he will be assisted by Ricqea Bain. The team manager is Daria Adderley. D’Andra Mills will travel as the physiotherapist.
Out of 41 countries in the region, The Bahamas is ranked at number 17 while St. Vincent & the Grenadines is at number 32.
The event is a major qualifier for the 2020 CONCACAF Under-17 Girls Championship, which in turn is a qualifier for the 2020 FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) Under-17 Girls World Cup in India. The top three nations from the 2020 CONCACAF Championship will qualify for the 2020 FIFA World Cup.