Wells deserves his success, says former teammate

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  • Nahki Wells (third from right back row) and Tahj Bell (second from right back row) became good friends during their brief time together at Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy (RISA) in the UK

    Nahki Wells (third from right back row) and Tahj Bell (second from right back row) became good friends during their brief time together at Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy (RISA) in the UK

Nahki Wells is reaping the benefits for all the hard work he has put into perfecting his craft.

This according to the Bradford City striker’s former Bermuda Under-13, Bermuda Hogges and Richmond International Academic and School Academy (RIASA) team mate Tahj Bell.

Bell, son of late Hotels International and Bermuda defender Derek Bell, has described his former teammate as one of the busiest players on the training ground.

“We always trained together and one thing I can tell you is that Nahki is the hardest working person in training,” he said. “Even when I went to Bradford City on extended trials he was always out working with his fellow teammates in everything they did.

“I’m so glad everything is working out for him in football because he really deserves it. Unfortunately I didn’t play too many games with him in England because when we first came here he was injured with a sprained ankle and when he started playing we were playing on two different teams. He was playing for RIASA in the West Yorkshire League and I was playing for Eccleshill United.”

Bermuda Under-23 goalkeeper Bell also described Wells as generous individual who is always willing to give advice and assist his colleagues in any way he can.

“Nahki always helped me when it came to football,” he said. “If he saw me losing my head he would calm me down or when training criticise things that he thought I needed to change or work on and I would give a few tips as well.

“All in all Nahki is a good guy and a great footballer — he was born for it.”

Wells and Bell enrolled at the IASA in 2010 to develop their football skills while pursuing an American degree.

The two young men were separated in May 2011 after former Dandy Town man Wells signed with Carlisle United.

Even though Bell and Wells played together for Bermuda Under-13s and the Hogges their friendship only began to truly flourish during their brief time together in the UK.

“When Nahki and I first arrived at IASA we wasn’t really friends like that,” Bell recalled. “We played against each other in football a few times and played for the Hogges together but we never hung out. That clearly changed once in the UK because we were roommates.”

Bell, who now resides in the UK, had originally planned to travel to Wembley Stadium in the hope of watching Wells play for Bradford in their League Cup Final showdown with Swansea on February 24.

But the 21-year old goalkeeper now has doubts that he will be able to do so after encountering difficulty obtaining match tickets.

“I was trying to go to his game at Wembley,” he said. “But I don’t think I will make it because it took too long to try and get tickets.

“But I will definitely be watching the game on TV and I hope Bradford City win. This game is going to be epic and Nahki will turn it up.”

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Published Feb 16, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated Feb 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm)

Wells deserves his success, says former teammate

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