BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Things are coming together for the Barbados National Team at the right moment with 2019/20 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying set to kick off next month.
Days after a narrow 1-0 friendly loss to Belize, the Baja Tridents snapped a 303-minute goalless streak in a 2-2 draw versus Caribbean powerhouse Jamaica that could well prove to be the catalyst for a successful run in CNL qualifying this fall.
“The Belize game was tough but I think that was more about getting used to playing in a Central American climate for when we face El Salvador in the Nations League,” said Barbados GK Keasel Broome in an exclusive interview with Concacaf.com.
“I think in the Jamaica game we should have won. Still, it was a positive result for us. The team is good, the spirit is good and to get a draw against a power like Jamaica is something we can build off of,” added Broome.
The veteran GK has been out of action since last spring when he sustained an Achilles injury. As noted last week by Barbados Head Coach Ahmed Mohammed, Broome is a player that “has to be fit for the Nations League because that is where we need him.”
Luckily for Mohammed, Broome appears to be on track to start in goal for Barbados in its CNL opener on September 6 versus Guyana.
“I was cleared last week and have been training since Monday. My body feels good, I’ve been keeping my hands sharp and I feel fresh. I’m looking forward to playing,” said Broome.
In addition to the motivation of representing his nation, Broome is also eager to excel in the CNL on a personal level, using the three games this fall as a platform to earn a contract with a big club in the region.
“Yes, I’m motivated to play well from a personal perspective and as a team this is a huge opportunity for us. It’s a tough schedule, but it’s nothing that we can’t compete with,” concluded Broome.
Prior to kicking off its CNL Qualifying campaign, Barbados will face Cuba in a pair of friendlies on August 26 and 29.
Barbados will face Guyana (Sept. 6), El Salvador (Oct. 13), U.S. Virgin Islands (Nov. 18) and Nicaragua (Mar. 24) in the CNL.