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Final hurrah for Nusum and Ming

Stalwarts John Barry Nusum and Damon Ming have both hinted the NatWest Island Games could be their final competition for Bermuda.

The experienced pair have more than a century of caps between them, have been Bermuda teammates for more than a decade, and have both had stints wearing the captain’s armband, with Nusum the current skipper.

But with both players now well into their thirties, they have conceded the Island Games could be their final hurrah in a national team jersey.

“This may be my final competition, I can’t say where I will be in the coming months or years but I just want to play in this tournament and take it from there,” said 32-year-old Nusum.

“If I’m feeling up to it and the body allows me, I would consider the Digicel Caribbean Cup, but for now this could be my final competitive tournament.”

Ming, 34, has featured in five World Cup qualifying campaigns, while Nusum has featured in four, and would both leave a huge void should they hang up their boots.

Ming echoed Nusum’s sentiments regarding making a final decision on his international future after the Games.

“You never know, a few of us are up there in age and with the future looking bright with the younger players it could be the final few games for me,” said Ming.

“Digicel is a long way away and we don’t know any details about that situation, but for now I’m focused on the Island Games and then I’ll go from there.”

Wolves defender Nusum, a former Major Indoor Soccer League professional, has faith in the young players coming through, many of whom are expected to be included in coach Andrew Bascome’s squad.

“I think we have a pretty decent team, a lot of young guys are coming into the fold which makes the older guys pick up their game, so it will be exciting to see the team that’s selected,” he said.

“We have been training for a while now, we are all familiar with each other so we should be clicking come the start of the tournament.

“The Digicel Cup is the most important thing we have in front of us after this so this will be a good test to see how far we have come and blood the younger players in games where there’s pressure on them.

“For the senior players it’s imperative that we set the benchmark and examples for the new guys, a lot of them have been involved in youth tournaments so they have the experience of playing against quality opposition so it’s now up to them to show their worth.”

Bermuda skipper John Barry Nusum

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Published July 10, 2013 at 9:26 am (Updated July 10, 2013 at 9:26 am)

Final hurrah for Nusum and Ming

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