Lambe, Eve returns to boost Gombey Warriors’ World Cup hopes.

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United Kingdom-based forward Reggie Lambe.

BROOKLYN, NY – Former captain Reggie Lambe and goalkeeper Dale Eve have given national coach Kyle Lightbourne a boost by making themselves available for Bermuda’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers after their respective UK leagues ended early because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Lambe, 30, a forward with Eastern Counties League Premier Division club Stowmarket Town, and Eve, 26, who plays for Spennymoor Town in the National League North, are keen to meet up with their Gombey Warrior team-mates ahead of their opening qualifying match against Canada at the Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida on March 25.

United Kingdom-based forward Reggie Lambe.

“I have to quarantine for a couple of days, but it’s good to be back here,” Lambe told the Royal Gazette newspaper.

“I’ll start training (with my team-mates) when I can. I’ll do some stuff in my room since I’m not allowed to leave. Things are different since the pandemic.”

Lambe and Eve flew home last week, but the pair have been ruled out of Bermuda’s training camp in Bradenton, Florida, because of travel restrictions.

The squad is set to depart on Tuesday for the IMG Academy, where they will also play two friendly matches against the Bahamas during the training camp from March 2-8.

Lambe reckons the Gombey Warriors have a good chance of World Cup success against Canada, who switched their home game to Florida because of COVID-19 restrictions.

“I’m excited about the game,” he said. “I think that we have a good chance as long as everyone is fit.”

Lightbourne has been forced to rely on a largely Bermuda-based squad as COVID-19 restrictions continue to dictate preparations amid growing doubts over the availability of overseas players such as Nahki Wells, Milan Butterfield, and Jonté Smith.

The trio is still in action in England. Striker Justin Donawa, who plays for Solihull Moors in the National League, has already said he will stay with his club.

However, Lambe remains confident the local contingent of players who are called on to fill the void will be up to the task, even though football leagues in Bermuda are currently suspended because of COVID-19.

“I think the local boys are going to play a big part, especially with all of the regulations around people traveling,” he said. 

“I think they are very capable of it, and I think they are going to step up and help us drive forward in the next match.”

Bermuda will follow up the Canada game by hosting Aruba at the National Stadium on March 30, with Group B matches to follow at home to Suriname on June 4 and a way to the Cayman Islands on June 8.

Lambe, 30, a forward with Eastern Counties League Premier Division club Stowmarket Town, and Eve, 26, who plays for Spennymoor Town in the National League North, are keen to meet up with their Gombey Warrior team-mates ahead of their opening qualifying match against Canada at the Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida on March 25.

“I have to quarantine for a couple of days, but it’s good to be back here,” Lambe told the Royal Gazette newspaper.

“I’ll start training (with my team-mates) when I can. I’ll do some stuff in my room since I’m not allowed to leave. Things are different since the pandemic.”

Lambe and Eve flew home last week, but the pair have been ruled out of Bermuda’s training camp in Bradenton, Florida, because of travel restrictions.

The squad is set to depart on Tuesday for the IMG Academy, where they will also play two friendly matches against the Bahamas during the training camp from March 2-8.

Lambe reckons the Gombey Warriors have a good chance of World Cup success against Canada, who switched their home game to Florida because of COVID-19 restrictions.

“I’m excited about the game,” he said. “I think that we have a good chance as long as everyone is fit.”

Lightbourne has been forced to rely on a largely Bermuda-based squad as COVID-19 restrictions continue to dictate preparations amid growing doubts over the availability of overseas players such as Nahki Wells, Milan Butterfield, and Jonté Smith.

The trio is still in action in England. Striker Justin Donawa, who plays for Solihull Moors in the National League, has already said he will stay with his club.

However, Lambe remains confident the local contingent of players who are called on to fill the void will be up to the task, even though football leagues in Bermuda are currently suspended because of COVID-19.

“I think the local boys are going to play a big part, especially with all of the regulations around people traveling,” he said. 

“I think they are very capable of it, and I think they are going to step up and help us drive forward in the next match.”

Bermuda will follow up the Canada game by hosting Aruba at the National Stadium on March 30, with Group B matches to follow at home to Suriname on June 4 and a way to the Cayman Islands on June 8.

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