Wed, Aug


#13 - Lester Peltier vs BermudaSlovak-based winger Lester Peltier believes the current squad of players possesses the right talent to secure maximum six points in their upcoming two 2014 World Cup qualifiers despite the absence of five key starting players from the line -up.

Peltier played a full 90 minutes  and hit the post twice for AS Trencin in their 3-0 loss to Zlate Moravce on Saturday. He scored a double the previous weekend in a 4-0 win over FC Tatran Presov. “It’s been a positive vibe in the camp so far.

The guys gave a hundred per cent in the session today and they’re really trying to play a brand of football and at a pace that can get us results,” Peltier said.

“I don’t think there is too much pressure on us, well at least the players who play abroad, because we are accustomed to playing games where there is always pressure to get results so going into the Bermuda without some of the experienced guys is not too much of a worry.

Obviously we know we have to lift our game because we are playing on the road and Bermuda will not make it easy for us. But I think once we work hard and play to our potential then we should be able to win the next two matches,” Peltier added.

“I’m back to the top of my game after the recent surgery and my confidence is good at the moment. Hopefully I can score or make an assist on Friday to ensure we get the three points.”

Belgium-based duo Khaleem Hyland and Radanfah Abu Bakr were scheduled to join the team in Hamilton yesterday along with Columbus Crew defender Julius James, while Puerto Rico Islanders’ Osei Telesford was part of yesterday’s training session at the Ste George’s ground.

Orlando City attacking midfielder Kevin Molino is also one of the players in the squad for the first time since Otto Pfister took over as head coach. And he is settling in more with every session.

“I think it’s been a good period for us. Since I came back into the team last month I’ve felt good with each session and I’m understanding what the coach wants to achieve with the squad.

My experience with Orlando City has made me a better player in that I can adapt better to certain things especially when it comes to playing away from home.

So I’m looking forward to bring some of that experience to the national team and making a contribution to our effort to get winning results in international football,” said Molino.

Jones scored in the 1-0 win for T&T in Port of Spain last month and Bermuda head coach Devarr Boyles said he would have preferred if the Stoke City striker was involved in Friday’s encounter.

“If you’re a sporting purist you want the best players on the field for both teams so you have a good game.It would have been nice for the local public to see how we manage that sort of player that Kenwyne Jones presents,” said Boyles.

“We know this is a game we need a result from and I think we can get that on Friday against Trinidad.” T&T will train again on Tuesday morning at St George’s.