BFA ‘blunder’ sidelines keeper Eve
An administrative blunder by the Bermuda Football Association has prevented Stoke City goalkeeper Dale Eve from playing for Bermuda against England C.
It’s understood the BFA failed to request permission from the Premier League club for Eve to represent Bermuda in tomorrow’s friendly at the National Sports Centre.
According to FIFA international rules, clubs must grant their players permission to represent their countries in international fixtures.
It leaves Bermuda facing a keeper crisis with former Toronto FC shot stopper Freddy Hall ruled out with a hamstring injury.
In the absence of Eve and Hall, Dandy Town’s Daniel Johnson is expected to be handed the number one jersey.
Eve, who was named in the BFA’s confirmed squad last week, said: “They haven’t requested permission from Stoke City for me to play, so therefore I’m not available to play against England C.
“Although I was planning to take a vacation around this time I would have made myself available for my country.”
Professionals Reggie Lambe (Toronto), Jonte Smith (Crawley Town), Taurean Manders (Antigua Barracuda FC) are expected to line up for Bermuda, making Eve’s situation all the more bizarre.
Eve’s mother, Rhoda Jones, told
The Royal Gazette she had been left disappointed by strange turn of events, and laid the blame squarely on the BFA.
“I told (the BFA) he was available, and they haven’t said anything to me about him apart from them getting my permission for him to play,” she said.
“Dale was planning on staying (in the UK) but I brought him back so he could be available for whatever the BFA had planned but nothing has been sent to his club in terms of permission to play.
“He has to be back to the club by July 1, and I’m not even sure if they will send out anything for him to play in the Island Games.
“Everyone has been given clearance to play apart from Dale, which I don’t know why, and if they really wanted him to play they would have done something.”
She added: “I’m not at mad at the coaches, it’s an administrative issue that they need to deal with.
“Had they done their work this wouldn’t be an issue, and why do they have to talk to me, he is 18 and can make his own decisions.”
Despite the BFA’s mix-up, Eve hopes to represent his country at the upcoming NatWest Island Games.
“I’m not sure what’s going on, but I would like to play in the Island Games so hopefully all this gets sorted out and I can be available to play for Bermuda in July,” he said.
BFA Academy director Richard Todd said he was happy with the team’s goalkeeping options for the England C match.
“It isn't a matter of anyone being wrong, (Dale) is unavailable for this match, and that’s the only thing I will say about this.
"We have three goalkeepers available in Stefan Dill, Daniel Johnson, and Troy Hall Jr, all of whom are good goalkeepers."
Tomorrow’s game kicks off at 7.30pm.