Bermuda women to face Jamaica in Concacaf Qualifier group opener
Concacaf has confirmed the schedule for the Concacaf W Qualifier matches that will take place during the women’s international match window in February, with Bermuda set to play Jamaica in Kingston on February 17 and the Cayman Islands at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, five days later.
The matches will kick off the region’s first round of qualifying for the 2023 Fifa Women's World Cup and 2024 Olympics in Paris.
“As announced in December 2020, Concacaf has launched a new structure for women’s senior national team competitions, including major summer tournaments in 2022 and 2024,” the Bermuda Football Association said in a statement.
“For the group stage of the 2022 CWQ, taking place during the women’s international match windows of February and April 2022, the 30 participating women’s national teams [all ranked No 3 and below in the Fifa rankings] have been divided into six groups of five teams each.”
After the completion of the group stage, where each team will play a total of four matches, the six group winners will advance to the 2022 Concacaf W Championship.
Bermuda are also in the same group as Dominican Republic and Grenada, and will play those opponents in April.
The dates and venues are still to be confirmed.
The Bermuda team for the first two matches has not been confirmed, although coach Naquita Robinson did reveal that the bulk of the squad are in school abroad.
“Actually our team is made up of majority overseas players,” she said. “We haven’t released our squad yet.
“I am looking forward to these upcoming matches as we have been steadily preparing for them. The girls are pumped up and excited about what lies ahead. This is a great team on and off the field.”
One player who has made herself available for the opening matches is forward LeiLanni Nesbeth, of Florida State University, after previously keeping her options open at the senior level.
“We are happy LeiLanni has chosen to represent Bermuda and we are sure she will do everything she can to make Bermuda proud,” Robinson said.
“However, it takes a team and the players around her will do the same. As mentioned before, this is a great team, full of players at LeiLanni’s level as well. We are very happy with this team.”