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President proud of Island’s display

Bermuda Football Association (BFA) president Larry Mussenden says the island’s national footballers can still “hold their heads high” despite going down to Trinidad in their opening World Cup qualifier.

Shortly after the final whistle had blown at Hasley Crawford Stadium the BFA chief gave Bermuda’s brave performance the thumbs up.

Mussenden said that with better luck the national team might have come away from the match with a share of the spoils.

“I thought that we would perhaps get a point because there was a period of time in the first -half when Bermuda certainly had the pressure on and the game was going their way,” he said.

“It was scoreless right up to about the 44th minute and then in the second- half there were no goals scored and so I thought Bermuda gave it their all and put in a good performance.

“It would’ve been lovely to come away with a point, but the players can still hold their heads high and everybody in Bermuda can be proud of them.”

BFA technical committee chairman Mark Wade also felt Bermuda were unlucky not to have come away from the match with a point to show for their efforts.

“Had we had a bit more luck, like we did previously (in Trinidad), maybe we could’ve stolen a point,” he said.

“I think the tactics were obvious and with Nahki (Wells) getting in a few shots we were in with a chance for maybe a point.

“I’m certainly encouraged by the end result and indeed encouraged going into the next match with Guyana.”

Wade reckons Bermuda has the potential to go from strength-to-strength during the World Cup qualifying campaign.

“I think the team will get better as we progress through this qualifying round and I am looking forward to the next match with Guyana and certainly when they come home to perform in front of the home fans,” he said.

Mussenden also believes the best is yet to come from Devarr Boyles’ team.

“We still have some other players that will join the team for the Guyana leg and I think the team will go from strength-to-strength,” he said. “Trinidad also still has to come to Bermuda and play us here when we will return the favour.”

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Published September 03, 2011 at 9:00 am (Updated September 03, 2011 at 8:52 am)

President proud of Island’s display

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