Kyrstian Pearce (left) and Hallam Hope are suiting up for the Tridents for the first time ever in a bid to help Barbados get past Guyana in tomorrow's CONCACAF Nation's League fixture.
Although they were not born here, Krystian Pearce and Hallam Hope are ready to bleed blue, yellow and black as Barbados begins its foray into the Concacaf Nations League this week. The pair, who hail from the United Kingdom and play professionally in England, came in ahead of tomorrow's match against Guyana at the National Track and Field Centre at Leonora.
With Barbados Football Association Technical Director Ahmed Mohamed using every resource at his disposal, both players, who are of Barbadian parentage, are welcome additions to the team and it is hoped that what they bring to the table pays dividends for the Bajan Tridents.
Pearce, who plays for the Stags at Mansfield Town FC, said that he was excited about his prospects as he has dreamed about playing for Barbados for some time. “I'm excited! I've been trying to get called up for a while so I'm pleased that it has finally come to fruition.” he said.
Having represented England in the Under-17s and Under-19s during his youth career at Birmingham City, Pearce has played for a few clubs in League 1 and League 2 before moving to Mansfield Town in 2015. Going on to say that he expects to bring some experience, pace and power to the fold, the 28 year-old defender said that it meant a lot to him to play for the Tridents. “It's very important for me to represent Barbados! My dad's from Barbados and I have come here a lot growing up. So it's always been a place close to my heart. It's a major honour.” he said before mentioning that he was ready to do his part to take Barbados to the next level. “First and foremost, I want us to beat Guyana. Hopefully build on that and try to qualify for the Gold Cup and help Barbados get as high as we can on the rankings.” he said.
Hope, who spent his youth career at Manchester City and Everton before ending up at Carlisle United last year, said that he was looking forward to the Tridents call-up for some time. “It feels good! I've been wanting to get called for a while as well. So I'm just looking forward to getting started.” he said.
Playing at almost every level up to Under-20 for England, Hope also noted that he was looking to bring some goals, more of an attacking threat and some experience to the local side before going on to say that he was more than proud to suit up for Barbados. “Of course I feel proud. I lived here for five years. My dad was born here and I've come back many times. I'm really proud.” he said.
He finished off by saying that he hoped to gain some international experience at the senior level from the competition and to and Barbados higher up the rankings. “I really want us to beat Guyana and see where it takes us. And hopefully we can qualify for the Gold Cup.” he said.