Coach Morris Mark, according to a press release from the BVI Football Association (BVIFA) today, March 21, 2021, also got to put in some work with the three goalkeepers, Phillip Jules, Daniel Gilford, and William Butler, and given the levels of performance shown by all three there could well be a healthy competition brewing to see who gets the starts.
Each goalkeeper brings a vast array of talents and individual qualities that will stand the team in good stead between the sticks and bring credence to the defensive confidence and cohesion, BVIFA said.
Phillip Jules has been involved with the National set up a while now despite his young age and is full of excitement for what lies ahead.
“The step up to this level is surprising and to be honest I never thought I would make it, but it is a dream come true. I cannot wait for the games and believe we will cause some upsets. The atmosphere in the squad is good, we have known each other for a long time now and we are full of energy and there’s a good vibe about the place,” Jules said.
Coach Mark is equally impressed with what he has seen so far within his keeping group. “They are very young, athletic and full of determination.” he said, adding that “they are good listeners a little inexperienced, but you can see they are eager to improve and very driven to help each other.”
Jules is currently in pole position out of the three keepers and thoroughly deserving of such given his talent and how much he has had to battle through to reach this accolade.
“He has a lot of talent and I’ve been around him since we went to Trinidad and Tobago with the u17 team, when he was just eleven,” said Mark. “He has pushed himself and had some good people supporting him on this journey. He is levelheaded and determined to make his country proud.”
Training resumes today with more strategy sessions ahead of on field time practicing Transitions, Recovery and of course the dreaded ‘Spin the Wheel’, which has been introduced by the Coaches to act as a light-hearted end of the day activity with players getting punishment challenges like singing, dancing, clearing tables, fines and other penalties put together by the squad members.
The VI will play Guatemala on Saturday, March 27, 2021, behind closed doors, due to local COVID-19 protocols and then St Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, also behind closed doors.
Both games kick-off at 6:00 pm and will be shown live of JTV Channel 55.
The team is expected to come up against the Division One Champions of Curacao on Monday, March 22, 2021, in a warm-up game.