ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Four players, to include USA based goalkeeper Corey Whisenhunt and Haitian defended Saurel Olrish, are scheduled to join Antigua Barrcuda FC ahead of Friday’s clash against Wilmington Hammerheads in the United Soccer Leagues’ (USL) Pro Division.
This is according to Barracuda FC Manager Fernando “Nando” Abraham, who said that a fifth player could also be joining the professional team who fell 2-0 to Charlotte Eagles in their opening match Saturday night.
The 24-year-old Whisenhunt is expected to join the team early this week, while Olrish should arrive in the US later in the week.
Also expected to arrive for the ‘Cudas is Jamaican Tarik Robinson along with Kittitian midfielder and regular to the privately owned club, Orlando Mitchum.
Abraham hopes the new players will add some strength to the squad.
“Mitchum is one of them who is on his way and there are another three or four guys that we have signed that should be eligible by the end of the week and once that is so the team will have a bit more depth and a bit more strength,” he said.
“It was tough, it was difficult, but we got here. It’s unfortunate we lost the first game but I think that with a little more preparation and a little more dedication from the guys, we should do well in the next two games coming up,” the manager added.
Barracuda went down to Eagles after conceding goals in minutes 27 and 85 when Nate Thornton and Christian Ramirez struck for the home team.
Barracuda opened the game well according to reports, coming close in the opening minutes through a Lloyd Jeremy shot that flew just wide of the mark.
Abraham said that under the circumstances, the players held their own pretty well.
“Losing a game is nothing to be proud about but I must say that I was proud with the effort the guys put in. I wasn’t surprised to be quite honest because most of those guys have been around one time or the other so they know the kind of system we are accustomed of playing and I am saying that it is just a matter of fitting in. If you are smart in football then you can fit in easy,” he said.
“I must say, though, there were some challenges because getting here was not an easy feat and with just a short period of time for preparation and so on some of the guys were getting cramps, which were from the long flight and not being fit enough,” Abraham added.
The former national player highlighted a number of areas in which the team has to improve ahead of its next fixture.
“The offence was not as strong or as dominant as we wanted it to be so there is a lot of work we have to put in there, not necessarily in personnel, but work in terms of getting more people forward in terms of shooting positions so that we have a better chance in scoring goals. The defence played relatively well but can do a little better. It was two, not silly mistakes, but two mistakes that caused the goals and we would have to work on that,” Abraham said.
“In the midfield itself, I think they need a little more co-ordination inside there. I believe with another couple of days’ practice, we should be able to get that right,” he added.
Following Friday’s clash against Wilmington, Barracuda will take on Charleston Battery one day later on April 20.