Robinson: Bermuda lacked fight
Naquita Robinson, the Bermuda women’s team coach, has criticised her players for “lacking fight” after they suffered a heavy defeat in their final match at the Concacaf Women’s Championship Qualifier in Jamaica.
Bermuda lost 3-0 to Trinidad & Tobago at the National Stadium in Kingston on Sunday, and Robinson admits she expected far more from her team at the Caribbean final round. She also blamed other problems for what she termed as largely disappointing performances.
“There are quite a few things we have to fix and most of it is off the field,” Robinson said.
“We have players not ready to play at this level, no matter how long they have been in the [national] programme.
“They are not willing and able to fight for the badge and the country. The girls came out fighting [against Trinidad], but as it got tough their heads dropped. We have to work on our mental game and other things that affected us.”
A brace from Kennya Cordner and a strike from Kayla Taylor condemned Bermuda to defeat, as Trinidad, Cuba and group winners Jamaica advance to the championship finals in the United States next month.
Anton Corneal, Trinidad’s interim coach, said his side had entered the competition understrength but believes advancing to the next stage will give them time to regroup.
“We have four weeks, so we can take care of injuries and get prepared for the Concacaf final round,” he said.
Bermuda placed fourth in the five-team group with three points. They lost 4-0 to Jamaica in their opener, 2-0 to Cuba in their second match before defeating Antigua & Barbuda 5-0 on Friday night.
Robinson started what she described as her “B Team” against Antigua, dropped key players Deshae Darrell and Teyah Lindo. Both came on in the second half and scored, with Darrell bagging a brace, which included a penalty.
“We as the coaches had the conversation and said, ‘Guys, when we’re in practice, things are not working and you’re giggling, then it’s not funny when you’re in front of the crowd,” Robinson said after her team’s win against Antigua.
Bermuda reached the final round after topping their qualifying group in Guyana in May.