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Steede raring to go in World Cup qualifiers

Kwame Steede insists he will be fit and raring to go ahead of Bermuda’s World Cup qualifiers against Trinidad and Guyana at the National Sports Centre next month.

The veteran midfielder was ruled out of the opening qualifying losses against those two teams, having not fully recovered from knee surgery.

But with a pair of Cougars’ matches under his belt, the schemer is confident of being back to his best when Bermuda renew hostilities with the Soca Warriors on October 7.

“The knee is still a little tender but the physio says that’s normal and I’m just happy to be back playing,” said Steede.

“It wasn’t a serious injury, I just needed a little knee scope surgery to clean up the cartilage. I was a little rusty in my first game back (in the Charity Cup); a few people judged me on that and I got a bit of criticism, which was unfair because it was my first game back.

“My match fitness is getting there and I played better in our second game and I was able to free myself up a bit more.”

The 31-year-old admits it was frustrating to miss last month’s qualifiers in the Caribbean and can’t wait to pull on the national jersey for the first time in three years.

Coincidently, Steede’s last international match was against next month’s opponents Trinidad at home; a game Bermuda lost 2-1 to crash out of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.

“It’s always a pleasure to play for the national team jersey. I think guys should feel proud to play for the national team. Hopefully the younger guys out there will show the same ambition to play for their country; it’s something you dream for as a youngster,” said the Bermuda Hogges man.

“I was hoping to be ready for the two games just gone but I’m looking forward to these upcoming games.

“The coach had me in his plans but the injury held me back. I thought the team done well, though. There were a few little mishaps but we still have a chance there’s still a lot to play for.

Steede’s continues his comeback from injury against North Village this weekend in the opening weekend of the Premier Division.

Far from being daunted by a trip to the defending champions, Steede is relishing the opportunity of stealing a march on Shaun Goater’s title favourites.

“I’m happy to play Village first; I love to play in the big games and may the best team win,” he said.

“People talk about us and Village being the title favourites but Dandy Town have a good team while Robin Hood have a great coach in Andrew Bascome. I’m sure they will be no pushovers this season.”

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Published September 24, 2011 at 9:06 am (Updated September 24, 2011 at 9:05 am)

Steede raring to go in World Cup qualifiers

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