The Soca Warriors hope of participating in the 2022 Qatar World Cup was shattered yesterday after falling to a disappointing 0-0 draw with Bahamas at the Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas, on Saturday.
Spotting their new BOL outfit, T&T needing a victory on Saturday to keep in the loop of Group F squandered several chances against the 201 world-ranked Bahamas who were on the receiving end of 15 goals in their last three matches in the campaign.
Coach Terry Fenwick made changes to his starting team from the last game including a new 3-5-2 formation. Adrian Foncette in goal, captain of the match Sheldon Bateau, Neveal hackshaw and Aubrey David in the defence. Keston Julien, Shannon Gomez, Duane Muckette, Joevin Jones, Andre Fortune in the midfield whilst Levi Garcia and Ryan Telfer were the strikers. Despite the changes of formation and personnel it was a timorous performance throughout the entire match.
A dejected Fenwick said after the match, “First and foremost, I’ve got to hand it to Bahamas. They had a game plan, they dug in deep. They wore their hearts on their sleeves, they fought for every ball, and they’ve grinded out a result. It’s very disappointing for us at Trinidad & Tobago.”
Fenwick added, “We didn’t give any chances away ourselves, created possibly six, seven, eight chances and didn’t convert. “If you don’t score at this level teams can come back and bite you, and I thought that’s what they did. Bahamas showed a lot of pride and passion, played for their country. The chances that we missed I think were glaring.”
Soca Warriors have amassed five points from three matches with one win and two draws which allowed St Kitts & Nevis to advance as the group winner with a perfect 9 points from three matches, qualifying easily with a game to spare. Therefore, the match between T&T and the “Sugar Boyz” on Tuesday which was supposed to be a decider will now be a virtual friendly match.