Wells set for key role against El Salvador
Nahki Wells has answered the call to national duty and says he is looking forward to playing a “pivotal role” in Bermuda’s Concacaf Nations League qualifier against El Salvador at the National Stadium.
The 28-year-old said he is committed to what he regards as a “very important” game for Bermuda, who will look to build on their 12-0 drubbing of Sint Maarten at home last month.
“I’m excited to be coming back to play again for Bermuda after a break from international football,” Wells told The Royal Gazette.
“I’m excited with what the country has going on and excited to be a part of what’s anticipated to be a very important game for us.”
Wells has not played for Bermuda since March 2015, when he captained the island in two World Cup qualifying fixtures against Bahamas, scoring three goals in the island’s 8-0 aggregate win.
He is the island’s most prominent player and, as such, will carry a heavy burden of expectation when Bermuda renew rivalries with El Salvador on November 16.
“Naturally, I know there’s going to be expectations on my shoulders as one of the most experienced players,” he said.
“However, that comes with football ... just going out there and performing as well as you’re expected and hopefully I can prove a pivotal role in the team.”
Bermuda will have their work cut out against El Salvador who are 110 places above them in the Fifa world rankings and are unbeaten in the Nations League qualifiers.
“El Salvador are probably favourites going into the match in terms of their world ranking,” Wells said. “But that’s football and it’s 11 v 11. It’s about going out there and using home field to our advantage and having the entire country come out and support us.
“These fixtures are important, so hopefully we can beat El Salvador and have the whole island out supporting us in a packed stadium to try and get the three points we know we need.”
Wells was unavailable for Bermuda’s opening two qualifiers against Aruba, a 3-1 defeat in Curaçao in September, and their win over Sint Maarten, the island’s second-biggest victory in an international.
The striker is on loan at Sky Bet Championship side Queens Park Rangers from Premier League side Burnley. He opened his account in his tenth appearance for the West London club in a 3-0 home win over Sheffield Wednesday last week.