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‘This team can definitely get better’ – Cecoy Robinson

The Bermuda team line-up for the first game in the Concacaf qualifiers against Grenada

Bermuda coach Cecoy Robinson believes the best is yet to come from his team at the Concacaf Under-20 Championship Qualifier in St Kitts & Nevis.

The Gombey Warriors got their campaign off to the perfect start with a hard fought 2-1 win over Grenada in their opening group F match at the SKNFA Technical Centre in Basseterre on Saturday and will now attempt to build on that when they come up against Martinique at the same venue on Monday (4pm Bermuda time).

Robinson believes the there is still room for growth and hopes his team can continue on the road to fulfilling their potential.

“We still need to focus on ourselves to get better,” he told The Royal Gazette.

“We will do some analysis on our opponents and make adjustments where it could benefit us, but we have to be better, and that’s our focus.

“This team can definitely get better and it’s always easy to tell the players what you want in training, but when you see things that we worked on come off in the game and it’s part of the reason we get the victory, the belief starts to set in. One game at a time and we will move accordingly.”

It remains to be seen whether Robinson tweaks his starting line-up against Martinique, who are ranked 14 places below Bermuda in the Concacaf under-20 rankings.

“We will have to assess everyone to see where they are at,” Robinsin said. “We will talk with the physio and make some assessments.”

The Gombey Warriors top the group on goal difference over Jamaica, who squeaked past Martinique 1-0 in the second match played on Saturday and Bermuda captain Harry Twite is confident his team will make the necessary tactical adjustments against their next two opponents.

“We have to look at different things and how to combat the different teams, and I think that's what they were doing,” he said.

“They were looking at us, seeing us our strengths and weaknesses, and I think it's going to be a different game against Martinique on Monday.”

Bermuda’s win over Grenada was especially sweet for the 18-year-old King’s Lynn central defender as it was his first time donning the captain’s armband for the island.

“It felt very buzzed. I tried not to smile and just looked down as I couldn't look at anyone,” Twite said.

“If I looked at someone in the eyes I would have started smiling, so I had to look down. A little bit of nerves, but that's natural for every game.”

After Martinique Bermuda will face Jamaica in their final group match on Wednesday, with only the group winner advancing to the 2024 tournament, where they will be joined by the six pre-seeded top-ranked nations.

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Published February 26, 2024 at 8:00 am (Updated February 26, 2024 at 12:29 pm)

‘This team can definitely get better’ – Cecoy Robinson

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