Bermuda's Under-16s to represent C'bean in Mexico Cup
HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) — CONCACAF has chosen Bermuda's Under-16 side to play in next summer's third Copa Mexico de Naciones tournament, the Bermuda Football Association (BFA) has announced.
CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb said Bermuda's Under-16s were selected as reward for the team's impressive showing at the CONCACAF Under-15 competition in the Cayman Islands earlier this year, when they emerged as the leading country from the Caribbean region. That Under-15 team is now the Under-16 team.
Mexico will cover all expenses once the team arrives in the country, while the BFA will cover air fares for 20 players and five technical staff at an estimated cost of US$1,200 per person, the BFA said.
"We are absolutely pleased that CONCACAF and Mexico have seen fit to recognise the Bermuda Under-15 boys' national team as the best of the Caribbean countries," BFA president Larry Mussenden said.
"It will be a very proud moment for Bermuda to represent the Caribbean in the Mexico tournament. Everyone in Bermuda should be proud of the Under-15 boys' national team."
Mussenden says the BFA is looking for financial support from the Bermuda government and corporate sectors to make the trip a reality.
"Additionally, we anticipate that the team itself will undertake various activities to raise funds," Mussenden added.
BFA player development chairman Mark Wade says the Copa de Naciones tournament will serve as an ideal warm-up for other future international competitions.
"I anticipate the Mexico tournament to be before the Caribbean Football Union Under-17 World Cup qualifying rounds and this would be great preparation," he said. "This is a positive development."
The competition will consist of four groups of four teams that will play against each other in the group stage with the top two from each advancing to the knockout phase.