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Cancelled match hits BFA in the pocket

Wednesday's failed trip to French Guiana cost the Bermuda Football Association more than $50,000, a price it cannot afford to pay for the rearranged game.

Officials said the abandoned Caribbean Cup second-round match had been a “total mess” and that there was no insurance cover in this situation.

The opening group four game was called off after 41 minutes because of torrential rain with Bermuda leading 1-0 thanks to a Damon Ming goal.

The Caribbean Football Union will reportedly tell Bermuda on Monday when the replay is to take place, the day before French Guiana take on Dominican Republic.

However, with Dominican and Bermuda playing at the National Stadium tomorrow night, the suspicion is that the CFU may delay making a decision until after the game on June 7 to see if results render any need for the fixture academic.

With the top two from each group going through to the next round, two defeats for Dominican would send Bermuda and French Guiana through.

However, that would still leave the CFU having to find a way to decide who topped the group.

Another issue for both Bermuda and the CFU is who would pay for Bermuda to travel to South America for the rearranged game.

BFA officials estimate that it could cost anywhere between $50,000 to $65,000 for the trip to a destination that is a “very difficult place to get to”.

That is tens of thousands of dollars the BFA “just does not have”.

“We would have to ask for funds,” an official said.

First though Bermuda must beat Dominican, who arrived on the island last night, a full day ahead of Bermuda, who return from Miami this evening.

It is not yet known whether Andrew Bascome will be in charge of tomorrow's game.

Kyle Lightbourne, the Bermuda assistant coach, took charge against French Guiana in the absence of Bascome, who was forced to stay in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his son Drewonde Bascome, the Bermuda midfielder, who were both stricken with a virus.

The second round of the competition features five groups, with the winners and four best runners-up advancing to the third round to be held from October 3 to 9.

Jamaica, Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago have received a bye to the third round.

Warm welcome: the Dominican Republic team are met by supporters at L F Wade International Airport last night (Photograph courtesy of BFA)

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Published June 03, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated June 03, 2016 at 1:10 am)

Cancelled match hits BFA in the pocket

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