Nusum not planing on playing comeback
Wolves coach John Barry Nusum insists his goalscoring appearance in his team's penalty shootout win over X'Roads in the Shield competition was a one off
.Nusum, Bermuda's record goalscorer in World Cup qualifying football, scored a last ditch equaliser to send the game to penalties which Wolves won 4-1 on Sunday at Wellington Oval.
The 29-year-old carved out a name for himself as a formidable striker at his boyhood club Wolves before embarking on a professional career in the US in both the indoor and outdoor versions of the game.
Although he has recovered from the serious knee injury which forced him to quit the pro game, Nusum intends on channeling all his energy into coaching and does not plan to play for Wolves too many times this term.
“It was a one off thing, I didn't want the players to be playing three games in six days so I suited up along with a few of the older guys and played,” said the ex-Crystal Palace Baltimore professional.
“It felt good to be out there, but I would be lying if I said I was fit enough to be out there and playing the full game.
“I didn't want the game to go 120 minutes but in the end we got the result and I'm happy with the result.”
The ex-Philadelphia Kixx man said he was enjoying his first debut season in the dugout and had been pleased with his team's overall performance so far.
“The coaching's coming along as well and that in itself is a process, it's a big difference from playing and I'm just trying to fit into that mold,” he said.
“That's one of the main reasons I don't want to play that much this year. I want to look at the game form the outside and help that way.
“We have some good young players and I want to help them develop and make the jump to the higher league.”
Nusum has switched from player to coach sooner than he would have liked as he had hoped to recover from a serious knee injury in time for Crystal Palace Baltimore's 2010 summer season.
But despite undergoing months of rehabilitation and clocking endless hours in the gym, Nusum admits that playing again at a high level is not his top priority at the moment.
Next up for the Wolves boss is a FA Cup showdown with fellow First Division promotion –challengers Robin Hood on –December 19 and a Shield semi-final against Prospect in the new year.
With the Prospect clash still some weeks away, Nusum said he has not decided on whether he will feature in that crucial game.
“I'm taking my coaching courses at the moment to better myself and in return help the players,” he said.
“Obviously I haven't played in a while with my injuries, but the return was a one off thing and I'm not planning on restarting my career or anything like that.
“The game against Prospect is some way away and I can't say who will play in that game, so we will see.
“Things can happen such as injuries and so forth, but before that we have Robin Hood in the FA Cup and Andrew Bascome always puts out a strong team so you never know what can happen.”