By Full Contact News and Views
Full Contact clients played a key role in Bermuda’s 8-0 aggregate win over the Bahamas in the 2018 FIFA World Cup first round of the Concacaf qualifying pool.
Winning the first leg away on the 25th March 5-0 was an incredible achievement; clients Freddy Hall and Rai Simons started that fixture. Freddy’s calm experience provide the solid base from which Bermuda gradually overpowered their rivals, whereas Rai linked up effectively with Huddersfield’s Nakhi Wells and belied his non-league status.
Returning to Bermuda for the second leg on 29th March, a slight knock kept Rai out of the side although taking his place was fellow Full Contact client Reggie Lambe who had himself been sidelined from the first leg through injury. Easing to a 3-0 win in front of a sell out crowd, Freddy completed another 45 minutes without conceding a goal before he was replaced at half-time to give Stoke City keeper Dale Eve a run-out.
Bermuda will now progress to the second round of the Concacaf qualifying process in June, where they will face Guatemala – again over two legs. The three Full Contact clients are just a few of the Bermudian players that we represent, in a project which will be expanding over the coming year.
Dan Chapman, senior partner of Full Contact, commented “We are very proud that Freddy, Reggie and Rai all played a significant role in helping Bermuda progress to the next round and we wish them all the best against Guatemala. To win this tie by such a significant margin is another signal that Bermudian football is on the rise ; Bahamas had a higher FIFA ranking going in to the tie (131), although this result should see Bermuda climb up from their current 169 ranking. We have got a number of exciting young players from Bermuda on board and hope to see a few of them making the move to UK football in the summer and over the next year and we expect some of those to be involved in the national team soon, too. The talent pool is really very impressive.”
Guatemala – who are currently ranked at 82 by FIFA – will present a stern test for the Bermudians, but buoyed by such an emphatic win against Bahamas all at Full Contact hope they can make history and progress even further along the road to Russia.
With thanks to Bermuda’s national newspaper, the Royal Gazette, for the photos from the two fixtures.
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