Nusum injured as Rams claim double
John Barry Nusum, the Bermuda assistant coach, was forced to withdraw from the national team party that travelled to Bahamas yesterday after dislocating his elbow in the Corona Cup final.
Nusum, the Robin Hood captain, was taken to hospital by ambulance after falling awkwardly in the second minute of the game against North Village Rams at Goose Gosling Field on Saturday.
The match was delayed for about ten minutes while Nusum was given medical attention on the pitch, with the 33-year-old slipping in and out of consciousness because of the pain.
Nusum had been appointed to the senior coaching staff in December for Bermuda’s World Cup qualifying campaign, which gets underway with a first-round tie against Bahamas in Nassau on Wednesday.
The Island’s all-time leading scorer returned to support his team from the sidelines wearing an arm sling late in the game. Hood lost the match 2-1 after extra time.
“This happens in football,” said Nusum of his injury. “I was looking forward to the trip with Bermuda, but I will now see the team when they get back on Thursday.
“There was a lot of pain and I’m still in pain. I go back to hospital on Tuesday to get it checked up at the fracture clinic.”
Village celebrated a league and cup double after defeating Hood in the final for the second season running.
The was an element of controversy about Aljame Zuill’s opener for Village midway through the second half, with the former Bermuda striker appearing to handle the ball as he rounded Hood goalkeeper Paul Fox.
Hood levelled late in the game when Fabio Divioule fired through a crowd of players to force the final into extra time.
Kaiwon Dill struck Village’s winner from the penalty spot midway through the second period after Tareek Jennings was adjudged to have been fouled in the box.
To compound Hood’s woes, midfielder Mat Clingerman was dismissed late on after picking up his second yellow card.
Randy Spence, the Village captain, believed that his side’s extra know-how had been the key to their victory.
“It was a hard-fought game and Robin Hood always give us a good challenge,” he said.
“We stuck together and kept our heads. Sometimes experience is what you need and Aljame showed today that he can still finish.”
Derek Stapley, the Hood coach, admitted that the defeat was hard to take, particularly after missing out on the league title after slipping up in their final match of the season, losing 3-1 to B&V United.
“It was a very disappointing result,” he said.
“We played hard but the result didn’t go our way. We have to pick our heads up, move on, and think about next season.”
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