Overseas based English players Hallam Hope (left) and Nick Blackman (right) are eager to help lead the Tridents to victory.
Overseas-based players set to make their debut with the Barbados Football Association’s Senior Men’s National team, in their first outing in this year’s Concacaf Nations League group phase, are eager to get the job done.
Head coach Russell “The Little Magician” Latapy announced the 20-man squad on Tuesday, which includes the likes of English professional players Nick Blackman and Carlisle United forward Hallam Hope.
Blackman, a striker with Maccabi Tel Aviv, who arrived on island yesterday, said his appearance with the team was a long time coming.
“I feel very excited and very proud to be coming in to be a part of the team. It’s something I have looked forward to for a long time and something me and my family are very proud about. I think there is a lot of talent on the island and having seen the team train last evening there are a lot of talented players.
“If I can benefit in any way and help in any way I am all for it. To work with Russell is fantastic obviously with his pedigree as a player and now as a coach. I am really excited and ready to get going. I can’t wait,” he said jubilantly.
Meanwhile, Hope, who led the team to a 2-2 draw against Guyana at the Leonara Stadium last September, in the team’s first Nations League outing, and who scored a record 21 goals last season for his home side, said he was looking forward to play on home soil for the first time.
“All my family are coming to watch so that would be nice. I’m excited and I am confident we will get a victory. The team look good, the coach looks good. He has good tactics for us and we’re gonna do our best to apply them in the game,” he said.
Barbados was placed at the top of League C, out of 13 teams and would be vying for promotion to League B.
The Bajan Tridents come up against (French) Saint Martin tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the BFA’s Wildey Turf, and would be looking for the win to set them on a straight trajectory to promotion.