Soccer

Denkins to lead Under-17s

  • Man in charge: Aaron Denkins will coach the Bermuda Under-17 team in Haiti

Aaron Denkins will take over the coaching duties of the Bermuda Under-17 women’s team for the Concacaf Caribbean final round in Haiti next week.

Denkins, who coached Bermuda in the Concacaf Caribbean Women’s Under-20 qualifiers held on the island in July, has replaced Naquita Robinson, who is unavailable for the trip.

Bermuda have been grouped with Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica in Haiti. The two group winners will advance to the Concacaf round of qualifiers in Nicaragua in April next year, along with the winners of the play-off match between the two second-placed teams.

The third-placed teams will contest a plate final. The United States, Canada and Mexico will be among the teams looking to reach the 2018 Under-17 World Cup in Nicaragua.

Denkins, whose side topped their qualifying group in St Lucia in August, where they won all three of their matches, has made four changes to his squad with Adaia Gibbons, Jazae Smith, Delia Ebbin and Zekiah Lewis included in the 20-member travelling party.

The team, captained again by Danni Watson, will leave Bermuda on Saturday, ahead of their first match against Trinidad on Monday. Their second match is against Jamaica on Wednesday.

The other qualifying group includes Haiti, Puerto Rico and Cuba. Also in the Bermuda team is LeiLanni Nesbeth, who was the top scorer in the qualifiers in St Lucia with nine goals. Nesbeth, who studies at Bedes School in Sussex, will join up with the team after leaving England tomorrow.