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Nusum: I have plenty of football left in me

Veteran John Barry Nusum insists he has no plans to hang up his boots and wants to stay on for Bermuda’s Digicel Cup campaign next year.

Nusum played an integral part in Bermuda’s encouraging World Cup qualifying campaign and said he has been given a new lease of life by the team’s younger players.

Despite the disappointment of not advancing to the next round of competition, the Saltus schoolteacher still wants to win more caps and is enjoying his role as an elder statesman of the side.

“I have no thoughts of quitting international football, I want to be involved,” said Nusum, who coaches First Division Wolves.

“The younger players gave me a boost and I think that they gave the older guys a boost in general with their play and attitude towards the game and it was great to see it play out on the pitch.

“I was excited to be a part of the World Cup campaign and it was good to be a part of the set up again after being out of football for a little while playing wise. A lot of the younger guys got experience and it will hopefully help them as they move along.”

Prior to the qualifiers, Nusum trained with Bermuda Hogges to build up his fitness having played sparingly since sustaining a serious knee injury while turning out for Crystal Palace Baltimore more than two years ago.

The 30-year-old, Bermuda’s top scorer in World Cup football, was deployed as a centre half for the majority of the qualifiers but still managed to add to his tally with a goal against Guyana.

“People forget that I started my career playing as a centre back and moved around the pitch as I got older,” said Nusum, who was substituted early in the second half of Monday’s final qualifying game against Barbados due to a slight injury.

“I haven’t reinvented myself, I have simply gone back to where I started and it felt good to play down there.

“Khano hasn’t played down there before but he is a smart player and can adapt to situations and that’s what you look for in players this day and age. That is what was excellent about this team, one player can play many different positions.”

Reflecting on Bermuda’s campaign, Nusum believes the team could be proud of their performances, especially their home form which included a memorable win over group favourites Trinidad & Tobago.

“The performances were good, I thought the team was able to hold their own and progressed with each game and it is a sad thing to have the campaign come to an end because we were enjoying ourselves and in return the country was as well,” he said.

n Trinidad beat Guyana in last night’s final Group B qualifier at the Hasley Crawford Stadium.

Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones scored in the 59th minute and Lester Peltier found the net in the 69th minute.

Guyana had already reached the next stage of the competition, though, having beaten Trinidad 2-1 in Georgetown last Friday. They will be joined by Antigua and Barbuda, who also shocked Haiti, 1-0, in St John's to advance.

Guyana, known as the Golden Jaguars, will now meet El Salvador, Mexico and Costa Rica in a tough next round.

Going nowhere: John Barry Nusum (right), the Bermuda defender, celebrates Nahki Wells' goal against Barbados on Monday night.

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Published November 16, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated November 16, 2011 at 8:05 am)

Nusum: I have plenty of football left in me

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