2026 vision

EXCITING UNDER15s VIEWED AS FUTURE WORLD CUP PROSPECTS

Barbados performance at the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football Under-15 Championship at the IMG Academy in Florida was nothing short of impressive.

Speaking with Barbados TODAY after the team touch down Sunday night at Grantley Adams International Airport, where Barbados Football Association President, Randolph Harris and anxious parents greeted the young Bajan Tridents as they exited arrivals, head coach Renaldo Gilkes said the boys performed way ahead of trajectory and was extremely satisfied.

Barbados Under-15 Football Team on their return from Florida.

“I must commend the guys for the effort displayed, we played in some extremely hot and humid conditions in Florida and unfamiliar terrain. We practice on the turf [preparing against a number of Caribbean Under-15 teams] but in Florida it was natural grass field and the level of competition was soberly high based on the quality I was expecting at Under-15. You really don’t know what to expect in Under-15 because that is the embryonic stage of international football, no one really as a head to head history or matchup to really gauge.

“Holistically I think the boys did well because we played against opposition that spoke different languages, and based on the group because Belize dropped out and we played Puerto Rico and Belize twice, we played the most games out of all the other groups. All the other groups would have played three matches and we played four, so we had a day less rest, compared to Suriname and to take them to a penalty shoot out is outstanding,” Gilkes said.

The young Bajan Tridents made it as far as the divisional playoffs, having topped group D on ten points while Puerto Rico had four and Guadeloupe failed to score a point. They came up against Suriname in the knockout round and after being down 1-0 were able to equalize 1-1 compliments their leading goal scorer and forward Thierry Gale with three goals in the tournament, resulting in a penalty shoot out that went 4-3 in favour of the Dutch speaking country.

Even though this talented group of players will be moving onto Under-17, Gilkes told this online paper that the vision for 2026 still remains and

therefore the Barbados Football Association will be working closely with the parents to ensure this particular unit is not lost away by the sideline.

“We are working feverishly along with the Barbados Football Association and the parents to have an athletic and academic component where we can nurture these boys and prepare them basically for export. We recognize that they need that international exposure if they are to compete at a substantial level. So we are actually working with this group to have them go on the collegiate circuit in the United States so that they would have that valuable experience because 2026 is the real goal, where we hope for them to reach the world cup in 2026, so obviously we will have our goals in between,” Gilkes explained.

The squad in Florida: Captain Rashon Gittens, Ishawn Babb, Joshua James, Lemar Catlyn, Shaquanie Phillips, Nathan Skeete, Andre Applewhaite, Jaylan Gilkes, Thierry Gale, Jahmali Hutson, Abiola Grant, Kyle Lewis, Nazario Adamson, Ethan Bryan, Axel Funk, Devonte Richards, Triston Bancroft, Hashim Brewster.

Thierry Gale was the outstanding marksman for the Barbados team.

One Response to 2026 vision

  1. Greengiant August 23, 2017 at 6:25 am

    The hard work has just begun to improve their technical, and tactical awareness.

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