How they qualified

Rewrote the history books after qualifying for the first time ever courtesy of a 3-1 away win over the Dominican Republic in a winner-takes-all showdown.

 

Star Man

Nakhi Wells

Wells is one of the few Bermuda players who play abroad, on loan at English Championship team Queen’s Park Rangers from Premier League Burnley. Wells was instrumental in Bermuda’s qualification for the tournament, not only scoring against the Dominican Republic but the only goal in a 1-0 win over El Salvador in his first international appearance for three years, keeping alive Bermuda’s hopes.

The coach

Kyle Lightbourne

It all started for Lightbourne in England when he arrived at lower-league Scarborough as a young striker in 1992. He then went on to play for eight other English clubs, some of them on loan. He returned to his native Bermuda in 2003 and has backed his team  to “surprise a few people” during their Gold Cup debut. He believes his attacking talents can cause opponents problems. “We’ve got some good forwards so that always gives us a chance. We’ve got some players that will excite the crowd and we will probably surprise a few people.”

 

What we can expect

As the lowest ranked team in group B and in a tough group with joint hosts costa rica,  the Gombey Warriors  are understandably rank underdogs having never qualified for a major tournament. But that could inspire the island nation who will certainly  be hoping to not make up the numbers.

Fixtures

June 16 v Haiti (costa Rica)

June 21 v Costa Rica (Frisco)

June 24 v Nicaragua (New Jersey)


Squad

Goalkeepers: Dale Eve, Jahquil Hill, Quinaceo Hunt

Defenders: Oliver Harvey, Calon Minors, Roger Lee, Jaylon Bather, Dante Leverock, Justin Donawa

Midfielders: Kacy Butterfield, Lejuan Simmons, Donte Brangman, Chikosi Basden, Zeiko Lewis, Willie Clemons, Osagi Bascome, Cecoy Robinson, Tre Ming, Reggie Lambe, Liam Evans, Marco Warren

Forwards: Jonte Smith, Nahki Wells

 

Grp AWDLFAPts
Mexico3001339
Canada2011236
Martinique102573
Cuba0030170
Grp BWDLFAPts
Haiti300629
Costa Rica201536
Bermuda102443
Nicaragua003080
Grp CWDLFAPts
Jamaica120435
Curaçao111224
El Salvador111174
Honduras102643
Grp DWDLFAPts
United States2001006
Panama200626
Guyana002280
Trinidad and Tobago002080

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