Wells urges island to carry on winning run
Nahki Wells believes Bermuda are a much tougher proposition than their ranking for the Gold Cup suggests.
Bermuda are the lowest-ranked team in group B where they have been pitted against Costa Rica, Haiti and Nicaragua. However, Burnley striker Wells is confident that Bermuda will be competitive in all their matches.
“We are the smallest nation in the tournament and probably the lowest ranked with the least experience, but I think that doesn’t reflect how good we are as a country and how good we are as a collective group,” Wells said.
“We just have to defy the odds and we have nothing to lose.”
Bermuda qualified for the Gold Cup for the first time after finishing fifth in the Nations League qualifiers with three wins and one loss from their four matches.
Wells said they always backed themselves to qualify for the biennial competition for teams in North America, Central America and the Caribbean to be held in the United States and Caribbean from June 15 to July 7.
“We always believed it was possible, but the outside didn’t,” he added. “Now we just have to go out there and represent and put it all on the line like we did to get to this stage.”
Wells played a key role in Bermuda’s qualifying campaign, scoring in successive matches against El Salvador and Dominican Republic during his only two appearances in the competition.
He now hopes to continue his impressive scoring when Bermuda host Guyana in a friendly at the National Stadium tomorrow.
“I have scored two important goals in two important fixtures and so I would like to try and continue that run,” he said.
“Obviously, I am an experienced player and I know what I have to offer and hopefully I can emulate what I’ve done so far in the campaign and take that into what’s really important, which is the big stage [the Gold Cup].”
Wells also hopes Bermuda can build on their four-game winning streak to gain more momentum ahead of their opening Gold Cup fixture against Haiti at the Estadio Nacional in San José, Costa Rica, on June 16.
“We are off the back of four consecutive wins, so it’s important to keep that run going,” he said.
“[Guyana] is our last fixture until we play Haiti so from a preparation perspective it’s important for everyone to get minutes and important we put on a good show for our home fans.”
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