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No timetable for soccer return

Bahamas Men’s Scoccer League play has been stopped since March 15 due to COVID-19. It is still without a restart date. UB ATHLETICS

May 15, 2020

Simba French


The Bahamas Football Association’s (BFA) Bahamas Men’s Soccer League (BMSL) is still without a definite restart date as play has been stopped due to the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, as is the case with many other sporting leagues around the country.

The last time the league was in action was on Sunday, March 15 with a triple-header on the schedule.

According to BFA Secretary General Fred Lunn, play is still postponed for now, but they remain hopeful.

“Football will get started once the relevant government agencies deem it is safe for us to do so. I am sure that there will be some protocols that will be established for that. Right now, it is postponed,” Lunn said.

As for the decision on whether or not the season will resume or be canceled altogether, Lunn said they will likely make a decision in a few weeks.

On March 15, the Western Warriors Gladiators team was the lone winner, with a 6-0 victory over the University of The Bahamas (UB) Mingoes. The other two games ended in draws as the defending champions Dynamos Football Club (FC) and the Western Warriors Titans played to a 2-2 tie, and the Future Stars and the Renegades also finished tied at two.

There is only one undefeated team in the league – the Insurance Management Bears. They sport a perfect 5-0 win-loss record to lead the league with 15 points. The Titans are in second place with 13 points. They have a 4-1-1 win-loss-draw record on the season. Rounding out the top three positions are the Dynamos, who have a 3-2-1 record and 11 points. Sporting a similar record to them are the Gladiators. However, the defending champions hold the edge on goal difference.

The new season got underway on January 12 with the Dynamos trouncing the Baha Juniors FC, 7-0. Peter Julmis netted four goals in that match.

In other soccer news, the women’s national beach soccer team was scheduled to play in the inaugural El Salvador Beach Soccer Cup, April 9-11. That has been postponed to a later date, said Lunn.

He said: “Hopefully, if the government can get the protocols in place, maybe the ladies will have a chance to play a little later this year.”

The team traveled to El Salvador for the World Beach Games 2019 Qualifier in August of 2019. They finished with a 2-1 win-loss record.

It has been a “wait-and-see” situation for all aspects of sports, and life in general, as governments around the world try to fight the pandemic. With The Bahamas in phase 1b of its economic re-opening plan, it is somewhat encouraging to the sports sector as professional athletes are now allowed to train. It is expected to get more inclusive as the weeks go on.

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