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Strong tune-up for The Bahamas in Mexico

Beach soccer squad barely lost to Mexico; scored two goals against Brazil
  • The Bahamas turned in strong performances at the BSWW Riviera Maya Cup, in Mexico, over the weekend, in preparation for the CONCACAF qualifier for the 2013 FIFA World Cup this week right here in The Bahamas. FILE

KELSIE JOHNSON
Guardian Sports Reporter
kelsie@nasguard.com

Published: May 06, 2013

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Team Bahamas will have no time to reflect on the results from this past weekend, as they will turn their attention to the upcoming qualifier.

The senior men’s national beach soccer squad kicked off its preparation for the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) qualifier for the 2013 FIFA World Cup, on Friday, playing at the BSWW Riviera Maya Cup, in Mexico. The “beach boys” stepped on the sand against host Mexico, Brazil and Spain, in the three-day tournament.

The final score in their first game against Mexico, on Friday, was 6-5 in favor of the host team. Team Bahamas then scored two goals against Brazil, the number one ranked team in the world, falling 9-2. The result for the final game with Spain, on Sunday, was unavailable up to press time, but Fred Lunn secretary general in the Bahamas Football Association (BFA), believes that the team put up a good showing.

“Based on the scores we got down there, I think the team is very good,” said Lunn. “When you look at it, we played against top ranked teams in the world and scored, so that is very impressive. We lost to Mexico 6-5 and Brazil, which is ranked first in the world, 9-2. I understand that we hit the post once and had two balls played off the line, in the game against Brazil. If those had gone in, it would have been a different story.

“All things being equal, you are playing the best team in the world at that level and came away with a 9-2 score. That is a good sign and I am sure a learning experience for the guys. They played against professional teams who are paid to do this.”

Four new faces will be added to The Bahamas men’s team when the qualifier kicks off on Wednesday. The team is expected to return home from Mexico today, and training will continue on Tuesday.

The qualifier will be held at the beach soccer facility at Malcolm Park, next to the Sir Sidney Poitier Bridge here in Nassau, The Bahamas, May 8-12 and will feature 11 teams. This is the first time in the history of the event, that it will be held in an English-speaking country. In the past, the tournament was held in places like Mexico and Brazil. The Bahamas is in Group ‘A’ with the United States of America (USA), Guatemala and Puerto Rico. Group ‘B’ will have Canada, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana. El Salvador, Costa Rica and Jamaica are in Group ‘C’.

The Mexican squad was the first to arrive in the country and was joined by Guatemala and El Salvador on Sunday. The other teams are expected in today.

The tournament will officially get underway on Wednesday. The national team will go up against Puerto Rico at 3:45 p.m. Canada and Trinidad and Tobago will kick things off at 12 noon, followed by the USA and Guatemala, and El Salvador taking on Jamaica. The Bahamas will play Guatemala, at 3:45 p.m., on Thursday and the USA on Friday.


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