The Bermuda Football Association and Vasco da Gama Club are pleased to announce an exhibition football match between the Bermuda National Team and a Select Team from the Azores. The match will take place on Saturday, 25 May 2019 at the National Stadium. The Azorean Select Team will be put together by the Ponta Delgada Football Association.
This exhibition match is being organized as part of the celebrations of the 170th anniversary of the first arrival of Portuguese immigrants to Bermuda. A public holiday was announced for 4 November 2019, and there will be various events throughout the year in the lead up to it.
Vasco was asked by the Government of Bermuda to take the lead in this specific initiative. It was immediately sanctioned by the BFA, and it has gotten the blessing of our international footballing partners, including the Federation of Portuguese Football and CONCACAF.
President of Vasco da Gama Club, Mr Paul Franco, stated:
“We are very excited about the prospects for this match. We want to thank the Government for announcing the holiday in November and for approaching Vasco to help with organizing and preparing for the event. We then reached out to the BFA who were immediately supportive and enthusiastic about the opportunity, and we thank them also
“The Portuguese community is very passionate about football. We’re very much looking forward to supporting Bermuda in the Gold Cup in just a few months’ time.
“With Vasco now having a senior football team again, we also hope that we as a Club can help play our part in developing local football.”
President of the Bermuda Football Association, Mr. Mark Wade, added:
“We are delighted to be included in the celebration of the170th anniversary of the first arrival of Portuguese immigrants to Bermuda. Vasco da Gama have hit the ground running. Re-entering the BFA leagues and facilitating a great opportunity for our Senior Men to continue their preparation for the Gold Cup.”
Senior Men’s team Head Coach, Kyle Lightbourne
“This is a great opportunity for us to have a match right after such a successful occasion, particularly against an Azores select coming to Bermuda. Our U20's played against an Azores select just over a year ago and it was an interesting game so it definitely gives us something to look forward to.”
Both organizations hope that this encounter between the Bermudian and Azorean teams can symbolize the partnership that has long existed between the Portuguese community and the rest of the Bermuda family.