National coach Kyle Lightbourne believes Bermuda can reach the quarter-finals as they prepare to make their debut in the CONCACAF Gold Cup against Haiti at the weekend.
But 50-year-old Lightbourne, currently enjoying his second stint at the helm after he led the team from 2005 to 2007. admits a positive result against Haiti is key if Bermuda is to achieve their goal of advancing to the quarter-finals.
Bermuda, who arrived here on Monday ahead of their opening game against Haiti on Sunday, must finish in the top two in Group B, which also includes Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
Although Lightbourne's side finished a lofty fifth in the CONCACAF Nations League qualifiers, ahead of Nicaragua, who they play in their final group game, Bermuda is the lowest ranked of the four teams.
Haiti finished top of the standings while Costa Rica qualified automatically as participants in the final round of the World Cup qualifiers in 2018.
'The boys are confident and we feel like we can match most teams,' Lightbourne told Bermuda's Royal Gazette newspaper.
'We want to try our best to get through to the next stage. We definitely want to make it hard for teams to play against us. We saw a lot of the things we've been working on in training against Guyana - on the ball in the first half and defensively in the second. It's on the day that we need to get it right.'
Bermuda beat Guyana, who are also making their Gold Cup debut, 1-0 at...