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Lowe catches eye of scouts in Costa Rica

Oneko Lowe, the Bermuda Under-20 forward, caught the eye of scouts at the Concacaf Under-20 Championship in Costa Rica.

Scouts from BC Football Agency attended Bermuda's final group match with Costa Rica at the Estadio Nacional at the weekend and were impressed by Lowe's performance.

The left-footed Dandy Town player, who attends Washington Academy in Maine, New England, was Bermuda's top scorer at the tournament with two goals. He featured in all of Bermuda's matches and wreaked havoc playing out wide with his dribbling and clinical finishing.

Representatives from the scouting agency met with Lowe and Kyle Lightbourne, the Bermuda Under-20 coach, at the team's hotel.

“They liked Oneko's speed and his movement with the ball,” Lightbourne said.

Lowe scored his first goal of Bermuda's campaign against Trinidad and Tobago at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa and followed that up with a superb strike against Costa Rica after capitalising on a wayward goal kick.

“It's interesting that you get people from other parts of the world looking at our players,” Lightbourne added. “For scouts wanting to look at our players confirms that the world is watching.

“These scouts deal with players on that side of the world and we have players catching their eye, which shows we are doing something right. You never know who's watching and scouts want to keep tabs and see what you're doing next and then follow up.

“We don't want the players to get too involved in scouts because if you're performing well then you're going to get your opportunity.

“You just have to keep performing and not think just because this person is looking at me I'm all right. It doesn't work like that and just how they see the good in a player they can also see the bad.”

Lightbourne said the scouts also shared their analysis on his team during the meeting at the team's hotel in San José.

“They talked about a lot of things that they saw in our players and where we can improve. Obviously they're looking at football on a higher level on a regular basis,” Lightbourne said.

Bermuda bowed out of the tournament after losing 2-1 against Costa Rica.

It was the island's first appearance at the Concacaf Under-20 Championship, the final stage of qualifiers for the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea this summer.

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Published February 28, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated February 27, 2017 at 11:40 pm)

Lowe catches eye of scouts in Costa Rica

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