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Guyana match could be end of road for Nahki Wells

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Flying the flag: Nahki Wells will step back from international football after match against Guyana (Photo by Nicola Muirhead)

Bermuda’s Concacaf Nations League group B fixture against Guyana is potentially Nahki Wells’s last appearance for the national team.

The 32-year-old striker has revealed exclusively to The Royal Gazette that he is calling time on his international career after Saturday’s match at Flora Duffy Stadium to focus solely on his commitments in England with Bristol City.

“It may be my last time playing for the country,” Wells said. “I am not looking to announce retirement or anything, I don’t feel that it is necessary in that regard.

“Who knows what will happen in the future with fixtures and what opportunities present themselves, but I am happy to go out after this and just focus on my club career. I hope to have as long a career as possible, so international football will just be one less focus which may help that.

“It hasn’t been too big of a deterrence for me over my career because I haven’t always put myself forward, I haven’t always played, which I think I had to do for personal purposes.

“But when I have, I have come back and given my all and been a part of probably the best run the national team has had, in my generation at least, and had some good times.”

Bermuda captain Nahki Wells (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

Wells has scored 16 goals in 24 appearances for Bermuda since making his senior international debut in 2007, including scoring against Costa Rica and Nicaragua in the Gold Cup in 2019 after the national team finished fifth in the Nations League qualifiers.

If this is to be his final match, it could also be one of Wells’s most important as victory for Kyle Lightbourne’s team will keep their hopes alive of qualifying for the Gold Cup for a second time and also secure their League B status for the next instalment of the Nations League, which begins in September.

“I am looking forward to helping the team achieve our goal to stay in group B at a minimum,” Wells added. “So we need to beat Guyana at home and for me it’s always a joy, honour and pleasure to play in front of my people.

“I am looking forward to going out on a high and looking forward to a great performance and a great result and hopefully put on a good show for my people. That will be the intention.

“It may and well truly be my last game, but I will see. Like I said, I don’t have any intentions of making a retirement announcement or anything like that, I think I will just leave the national team alone.

“I have spoken with the gaffer and I would love to finish on a high, get a win and just help out in terms of future generations and the new young breed of players that are coming through, which gives them opportunities to play for their country as well.

“I may be of some assistance in some capacity for the national team in a different role in the future, but who knows?”

The national team will close out the group stage against leaders Haiti at the Estadio Panamericano in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, on Tuesday, but Wells will not be travelling with the team for that match.

Bermuda sit third in the Concacaf Nations League B group B on four points heading into their final two group fixtures. This month’s final round of group matches will determine the four group A winners that will advance to the finals being held in June and the 24 teams that will qualify for the Concacaf Gold Cup preliminary round and group stage to be played between June 16 and July 16.

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Published March 23, 2023 at 7:45 am (Updated March 24, 2023 at 7:46 am)

Guyana match could be end of road for Nahki Wells

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