City boss is happy for Wells to play
Bradford City manager Peter Jackson has given Nahki Wells his blessing to play for Bermuda in their World Cup qualifiers describing it as a “great opportunity” for the striker.
Wells has been named in Bermuda’s squad for their opening two matches against Trinidad and Guyana, and Jackson is delighted to see a City player called up for his country.
“It’s a great opportunity for Nahki. I’m delighted for him and it will be great to see a City striker on the international stage,” said Jackson.
Although City’s game against Sheffield Wednesday is –scheduled before Bermuda’s –September 2 clash with Trinidad, Wells will miss the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie as well as the league match against –Morecambe four days later –because of the travelling –involved.
With the Gombey Warriors also set for further qualifiers against Trinidad and Guyana in October and Barbados in November, Wells is likely to be absent for several more City games this year.
The 21-year-old has been restricted to one appearance for the Bantams this season, at home against Aldershot, although he was on target from the penalty spot in the reserves’ 2-1 win over Rotherham on Monday.
And with hopefully two full international matches under his belt, Wells believes he will return to Bradford in better condition and with greater confidence to push for a first team place.
“In the last few games I haven’t been involved and that may be due to my upcoming participation in the qualifiers,” said Wells.
“At the moment we haven’t got a set starting side so hopefully I can get into the team with some good performances. It’s hard to know how things will be going but when I get back I will be looking to push for a first team place.”
Wells, who missed Bermuda previous World Cup campaign through injury, is ready to play a major role for his country and believes their underdog status will work in their favour against Trinidad next week.
“It’s always a pleasure and honour to be called up by your country and I feel all of the overseas-based players will have a big part to play.
“Obviously it’s a big competition and we will be the underdogs, but this will relieve the pressure on us and place it on the bigger countries. The onus won’t be on us, so we can go out there and play our game and do our best.”
Concerns have been raised in the past week that Bermuda’s UK-based players could harm their careers by missing club matches while on international duty. However, national team coach Devarr Boyles differs and believes the qualifiers will benefit those players not playing regularly.
“Sometimes these players are not playing for their teams so they will get some games during these qualifiers and that could help them when they go back to their clubs,” he said.
“For every player off Island there’s a greater consideration; they have to leave their climes whether we’re playing home or away. (Club v country) is not a new issue and it’s up to us to work out how best to harness it.”