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Defensive duo fit for clash with El Salvador

Bermuda Under-20 central defenders Tahzeiko Harris and Zenawi Bowen have been passed fit for tomorrow's match with El Salvador at the Estadio Nacional tomorrow.

The pair's availability was in doubt after they were substituted during Bermuda's Concacaf Under-20 Championship opener against Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday, which ended 1-1.

“They both trained and will be available for selection for the next match,” Kyle Lightbourne, the Bermuda coach, said.

“Tahzeiko came off through cramp, while it was a tactical decision to bring Bowen off, so it was never any worry they wouldn't be available for the next game.”

Lightbourne hinted at making changes to his line-up against El Salvador, who edged host nation Costa Rica 1-0 at the weekend.

“The personnel may be different and we will see how we go in that department,” Lightbourne said yesterday. “It could be the same XI or a few changes. We haven't decided yet, but it's a possibility. We have to look at training tomorrow to see who is fresh. There's a lot that has to transpire between now and our next game.”

Lightbourne took advantage of the opportunity to scout El Salvador after his team's draw against Trinidad.

“They are good,” he assessed. “They are hardworking and don't give you an inch of space.

“We are going to have to be at our best to get a result against El Salvador.

“We are in the process of putting a strategy in place. We are looking at the video and analysing it a bit more so that we make the right decisions.”

Bermuda are making their debut at the tournament and will look to build on their encouraging performance against Trinidad.

“We are seeking to qualify for the next round,” Lightbourne said. “That's our main objective and right now we are still in the tournament. We got our first points and our first goal against Trinidad, so it's all still to play for. We just need to stay in the games and work hard to try and achieve that.”

As for yesterday's workout in sweltering conditions, Lightbourne added: “Today was a recovery session for those who played the 90 minutes or started the match on Sunday.”

The top two teams from each group advance to the classification stage, where six teams are drawn into two groups of three teams.

Bowen, along with Harris, was passed fit for the El Salvador game tomorrow

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Published February 21, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated February 20, 2017 at 9:47 pm)

Defensive duo fit for clash with El Salvador

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