‘Home advantage will be huge’

  • Eyes on the prize: Frazzoni, the Bermuda Under-20 women’s team captain, is confident the island can finish top of their qualifying group (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    Eyes on the prize: Frazzoni, the Bermuda Under-20 women’s team captain, is confident the island can finish top of their qualifying group (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Eva Frazzoni has urged the island to turn out in force for Bermuda’s Concacaf Caribbean Women’s Under-20 football qualifiers at the National Stadium.

Bermuda start their ambitious journey to reach next year’s Under-20 Women’s World Cup in France with group B qualifying games against Curaçao tomorrow and Jamaica on Sunday.

Frazzoni, the Bermuda captain, and her team must finish top of the group to advance to the four-team regional finals to be held in St Kitts & Nevis from November 22 to 26.

“We’re really excited that the games are at home and we can’t wait for them,” Frazzoni said.

“We don’t have to worry about travelling and all of the things that can go wrong with that. We will also have our families and friends supporting us for the first time at home.

“Hopefully we will have the whole island at the stadium and that will really be a huge advantage.”

Bermuda have been training six days a week to prepare for the competition under the guidance of Aaron Denkins, the team’s coach, working on their aerobic fitness and stamina at Horseshoe Bay and Admiralty House.

Frazzoni, who has also represented the senior women’s side, insists the team have left no stone unturned in their bid to top the group.

“It would mean everything to us to advance [to the finals],” said Frazzoni, who is a product of PHC Zebras and Somerset Trojans. “Jamaica are really tough, but we’re ready for it.

“We’ve been trying to touch the ball as much as we can, but we’ve also been trying to get our fitness up. But our main goal is to make it all of the way to France [for the Under-20 Women’s World Cup].”

As the team’s captain, Frazzoni believes her most important task will be instilling belief in her team-mates and ensuring they realise their full potential.

“Word can’t describe what it means to me to captain Bermuda,” she said. “I’m going to do my best to lead the team as a role model.

“My team-mates make my job easy; they know what we need to do and I’ll do my best to show them that we can do it.”

Frazzoni said the team have developed a special bond over the years and pride themselves on their aggressive approach to the game and willingness to fight for each other.

“We’re not a new team and have been playing together for a long time, having gone on numerous trips,” said Frazzoni, who attends the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York.

“We’re an aggressive group and have players that have gained exposure and experience from overseas. We know how tough it can get and what we need to do and how to dig through hard times.”

Bermuda’s group has been reduced from three teams to two after St Lucia pulled out of the competition. Bermuda had been scheduled to face Jamaica in their opener before St Lucia’s withdrawal prompted a change to the schedule of matches. Jamaica face Curaçao on Friday, with all matches kicking off at 8pm.

Group games are also being played in Haiti at the Stade Sylvio Cator and at the Dominican Republic’s Estadio Juan Felix Sanchez Stadium on the same dates. In group A, Haiti are hosting Anguilla, Cuba and Dominica, while group C includes Dominican Republic, Antigua, Puerto Rico and Bonaire.

Tickets, available on Ptix.bm and the BFA Office, are $15.

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Published Jul 18, 2017 at 12:01 am (Updated Jul 18, 2017 at 4:18 pm)

‘Home advantage will be huge’

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