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Nahki Wells hails young players as he pulls out of Haiti match

Notable omission: Nahki Wells, right, in action during Bermuda’s 2-0 defeat against Guyana, has ruled himself out of the national squad for the final Nations League match against Haiti (Phptograph by Blaire Simmons)

Nahki Wells has confirmed he will not be part of the Bermuda squad for the final Nations League encounter away to Haiti on Tuesday.

Speaking exclusively to The Royal Gazette after Bermuda’s disappointing 2-0 League B group B defeat to Guyana at the Flora Duffy Stadium on Saturday, the captain confirmed he will not be among the travelling party as he continues to reassess his international future.

Speculation had been rife regarding the possibility of him hanging up his boots after the Guyana match, but while the 32-year-old could not give a definitive answer on his immediate future, he reaffirmed his intention to step back from the national side.

“I won’t be travelling with the team to play against Haiti, so I wish the boys well in that fixture,” he said. “I’ll be reassessing things as time goes on but I don’t think I have a definitive answer right now on my future.

“I’m just looking to perhaps step back from international football for a little while and just see where it takes me. There is no official retirement as yet, but I also can’t promise I will be playing again.

“My thought process right now is that if there is a really important game and the team really need me then perhaps I’ll be available. My focus is really on the final stages of my career and making sure I do what is best for my family.

“I love international football but you have to weigh everything up and what really matters is prolonging my career for as long as possible and making sure I’m at my very best and perform as well as I can.

“Who knows what the future may hold, this may end up being my last game, it may not, like I said I don’t have a definitive answer on anything like my official retirement.”

Reflecting on the defeat to Guyana, Wells conceded the collective performance was well below-par, but hailed the emergence of young players Harry Twite, Jai Bean, Ahria Simmons, Sincere Hall and Deniche Hill, who proved the real positive on a disappointing day.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game and when you compare the squads, there was a lot more experience in the Guyana team,” he added. “We hoped being at home we could show our ability but in my opinion we weren’t at our best.

“However, what is crazy about the game, is that the young lads who came in were our better players. It just goes to show that they have taken on a lot of responsibility and showed what they are about.

“That’s really encouraging for Bermuda football because the team is going through a transitional period at the moment and a lot of those young players stood up and that’s all credit to them.

“The manager is determined to give some young players a chance, regardless of age, and none of them looked out of place. Hopefully they can all go on and have a successful career with the national team.”

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Published March 27, 2023 at 6:46 am (Updated March 27, 2023 at 6:46 am)

Nahki Wells hails young players as he pulls out of Haiti match

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