Key players missing for Guatemala game
Kyle Lightbourne has been forced to find cover for several key players who are unavailable for Bermuda’s friendly match against Guatemala at the National Stadium today.
PHC Zebras pair Daren Usher and Keishon Bean, and Kidderminster Harriers forward Knory Scott have come in for Nahki Wells, Reggie Lambe, Zeiko Lewis and Jalen Harvey.
Wells, Lambe and Lewis have rejoined their respective clubs in England and the United States while Harvey has been ruled out through work commitments overseas.
Bermuda are coming off a 5-1 defeat against Mexico in the Concacaf Nations League at the National Stadium on Friday and Lightbourne is hoping his charges can bounce back at the first opportunity.
“Obviously, it’s a quick turnaround and it’s always disappointing when you lose a game 5-1 regardless of the opposition,” he said.
“I don’t really like that feeling and [tonight] is an opportunity to put that result behind us very quickly so it doesn’t linger on.
“We want to win this match, we want to continue along the same lines that we have been doing and try and get back in that positive results business.
“We’re definitely not just going through the motions. We’re representing our country and we want to do the best that we can regardless who we are playing against.”
Lightbourne believes his team’s chemistry will not be disrupted despite the significant changes he will have to make and he has urged those coming in to the line-up to grasp their opportunity.
“I think the players that haven’t been playing are hungry to play,” Lightbourne added. “To give someone else an opportunity is what this game is for; to give other players the opportunity to play against a higher-class opponent.
Guatemala enjoyed a 5-0 victory over Anguilla in League C of the Concacaf Nations League at the weekend and Lightbourne admits his team have their work cut out for them.
“We are going to be playing against another Central American country that play along the same lines and will cause us problems,” he said.
“Over the years, Guatemala have had some really good quality teams and we expect them to be a good passing team; do things sharp, quick and all the things that good teams do.”
Lightbourne said morale among his squad remains reasonably high despite the heavy defeat to Mexico.
“It’s always difficult when you lose a match, but I don’t think we disgraced ourselves,” he added.
“We have to be professional about our performance when we come out the next time around and that’s what we will be striving to do.
“You always look at the manner of the defeat and none of our players gave up.
“We want to be known as a team that doesn’t know when they have been beaten and we will learn from that.”
Tonight’s match starts at 7.30pm. It will act as preparation for Bermuda’s Nations League match in group B of League A against Mexico on November 19.
Goalkeepers: Dale Eve, Jahquil Hill, Quinaceo Hunt. Defenders: Donte Brangman, Chikosi Basden, Dante Leverock (captain), Liam Evans, Jaylon Bather, Daren Usher, Calon Minors. Midfielders: Tre Ming, Roger Lee, Milan Butterfield, Osagi Bascome, Willie Clemons, Diego Richardson. Forwards: Cecoy Robinson, Paul Douglas, Knory Scott, Lejaun Simmons, Keishon Bean, Justin Donawa.
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