Bermuda out to prove 2008 win was no fluke
Trinidad midfielder Khaleem Hyland believes Bermuda have nothing to lose and will be out to prove their victory over the Soca Warriors three years ago was no fluke,
writes Stephen Wright.
Hyland, among 11 overseas professionals included in Trinidad’s squad, has urged his team-mates to ward against complacency and ensure there’s no repeat of their 2-1 home defeat against Bermuda in 2008.
“They will come here with nothing to lose and prove that the win last time was no fluke,” said Hyland. “They will also try their best to ensure we don’t get to play the game at the pace which we would like.
“We went into the game with our hopes too high and it’s not always good to go into a match with too much confidence.
“These games will test us to see how far we have to go again to get to a level for the bigger teams in the Concacaf. Hopefully we can reach a level where we can come up against the likes of Mexico and win without having to struggle to get a result on home soil. It’s always good for a new bunch with a new coach to get a good start.”
Also making a return to the Soca Warriors’ squad for tomorrow’s game is midfielder Chris Birchall, who has spent the past few seasons alongside David Beckham and Landon Donovan at LA Galaxy.
Birchall, who played in the 2002 World Cup in Germany, is confident of Trinidad making a winning start to their new coach Otto Pfister’s reign.
“It’s obviously good to be back in the Trinidad and Tobago team. I haven’t been in the side for a while but I always look forward to playing again,” he said.
“This is another World Cup campaign for us. Obviously we were disappointed in not making it to South Africa, but I think this time around we have a good bunch of guys and we’re really looking forward to doing well and getting right out there on the pitch.
“Personally, for me, I’ve been enjoying my time out there in LA. Being among the likes of David (Beckham) and the other guys is always a lot to look forward to and the quality of football is quite good. I’m just pleased to be back in the set-up here and hoping to get off to a winning start against Bermuda.”