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Bermuda women’s team to host qualifier on island

Coach Naquita Robinson issue last minute instructions to members of the Bermuda women's team ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Jamaica in Kingston (Photograph by Gladstone Taylor/Jamaica Gleaner)

Naquita Robinson, the women’s national team coach, got her wish, with Concacaf announcing yesterday that Bermuda will host a Concacaf Women’s Qualifier on home soil during the international window in April.

The senior women’s team, with a loss and a win from their opening matches against Jamaica and Cayman Islands, will close out their group C participation with two matches next month.

They will play the remaining teams in the group, leaders Dominican Republic in Santo Domingo on April 8 and then four days later will be at home at the Flora Duffy Stadium on April 12 to play Grenada, the bottom team in the group.

“I think it would be a treat to play against Grenada in Bermuda,” Robinson previously told The Royal Gazette, comments that did not fall on deaf ears.

“It would be very special and the crowd would be treated to a performance that they probably have never seen from a Bermuda team

“My prayer is that we continue to do what we have to do as a country so that the Government says’ ‘yes we want to showcase our women’s national team’.

“If any team deserves to play in front of its home crowd, it is this team. I have so much respect for these young ladies.”

Next month’s matches will conclude the first round of World Cup and Olympic qualifying and will determine the six teams from the Concacaf that will advance to the 2022 Concacaf W Championship to be held on Mexico from July 4 to 18 where they will join the United States and Canada, the two ranked countries in Concacaf.

The tournament will determine the region’s representatives at the Fifa Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in 2023 and at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

For the group stage of the 2022 CWQ, the 30 participating women’s national teams, all ranked No 3 and below in the Fifa rankings, were divided into six groups of five teams each.

Each team was to play two home and two away matches, though Bermuda have been limited to just one home match because of the recent Covid pandemic. They played Jamaica in Jamaica and then Cayman Islands in Bradenton, Florida.

The six group winners will advance to the final championship.

Dominican Republic and Jamaica top group C with six points from their opening two games while Bermuda are third on three points.

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Published March 21, 2022 at 7:46 am (Updated March 21, 2022 at 7:46 am)

Bermuda women’s team to host qualifier on island

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