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Bajans can be surprise package, says Gill

Barbados have started the mind games ahead of the World Cup qualifiers, insisting they can be the surprise package in their preliminary round group.

The Tridents, ranked 145th in Fifa’s rankings, are optimistic of topping Group B and advancing to the next stage of the competition after they were drawn with Bermuda, Trinidad and Guyana.

Although Caribbean powerhouse Trinidad are the overwhelming group favourites, Barbados coach Frank Gill believes the Soca Warriors’ powers are in decline and is adamant his team are the best of the rest.

“We’re definitely not going into this group looking at ourselves as underdogs,” Gill told the Barbados Nation.

“It really comes down to what we do on the day, because Trinidad right now are waning and they’re not the powerhouses they used to be.”

Gill’s confidence isn’t supported by Barbados’ recent record against Trinidad: they have failed to beat the Soca Warriors in seven attempts this decade.

Barbados haven’t fared much better against Guyana either, having lost two friendlies against the Golden Jaguars on the South American continent three months ago.

Gill, however, remains buoyant that his team can get the better of Guyana who they kick off their campaign against on September 2.

“Again, to me it all comes down to the day, because I feel Barbados are a team that should get the better of Guyana in any tournament,” said Gill.

“The last time we played them we were under tremendous strain to play on the same night we arrived, yet we were defeated by a goal in the dying moments.”

In the return fixture at Barbados’ National Stadium, the Tridents had to settle for a share of the spoils against Guyana in a 1-1 draw.

“We didn’t do as well as our fans might have wanted, but the coaching staff saw some improvement in some of the younger players and there were good individual performances to speak of,” said Gill.

“I think it will do us some good that we played Guyana in those matches, plus we’ve been training since early April so the preparation should have us ready for these qualifiers.”

Bermuda beat Barbados 2-1 and 3-0 in two friendlies at the National Sports Centre in 2008.

Of the four teams, Bermuda are the lowest in Fifa’s world rankings in 185th place. Trinidad are 88 and Guyana 114.

Bermuda’s Group B fixtures

Trinidad (a) September 2

Guyana (h) September 6

Trinidad (h) October 7

Guyana (a) October 11

Barbados (h) November 11

Barbados (a) November 15

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Published August 09, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 09, 2011 at 9:42 am)

Bajans can be surprise package, says Gill

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