Thu, May


Trinidad and Tobago Senior Men’s Team Captain Khaleem Hyland is keeping busy and maintaining high hopes of wearing the national colours in the future again at whatever time that may be.

With the Saudi Arabian Premier League currently on hold as well as all upcoming CONCACAF competitions including the CONCACAF Gold Cup playoff scheduled for June now postponed, Hyland is simply staying safe but remaining eager for what the future holds.

“It’s been difficult for everyone as not being able to play football is very hard to endure. I see everyone posting all this time without football and life is not normal. The supporters and players both here and at home have a challenging time to get through,” Hyland told TTFA Media.

The former Belgium-based midfielder spoke about recently appointed Men’s Senior Team head coach Terry Fenwick and his period working under him at San Juan Jabloteh during his teenaged days.

“Now we have a new coach. It’s been a while now Terry Fenwick has been aiming and hoping that he would get the job. Congratulations to him. I worked with him at a young age at Jabloteh and I know he is a very good person. He knows what he wants and he knows how to get information to players and get quality out of them. He tends to have his ideas and plans on board,” Hyland said.

“Hopefully we can all work for the best for our country and for our football to move onto the right track and hopefully we can move on to better ways, winning ways or to even a better structure that the past. The past is gone. Unfortunately things didn’t go as planned with Dennis (Lawrence). I wish him the best of luck. He is a great person also.

Hyland said it was imperative that all concerned moved in the same direction to take T&T’s football back to a form of respectability . 

“We just have to look forward to the future and work hard as a team. Everyone needs to do their own homework also. It’s a new coach in charge now and everyone has a chance to show what they can do and bring forward the best towards the national team. We are representing the Red, White and Black and we need to do our best for our country. It is an honour to always wear the colours of Trinidad and Tobago.”

While football is out, Hyland has ensured his fitness remains intact.

“I’ve been going through my paces everyday, working hard, training hard The last couple months paid off with me getting on the scoresheet and the team doing great before Covid 19 took over.

“Right now here in Saudi Arabia and in the world everything is at a standstill and the league has been postponed. It is hard for me to be here with days off and I cannot leave the country and cannot fly to go and be with my loved ones. I have a couple friends here in Saudi Arabia and they make me feel at home away from home. The atmosphere in Saudi Arabia is still good and they are dealing with it well and taking the precautionary measures to ensure we are safe.

“I wish everyone the best of health and best of luck. We know the procedures we need to follow  to be clean and be healthy. We need to rally together as a country to get it all back on track. Hopefully we can live as one again as a country and as people in this world,” Hyland ended.