UK-born footballers

UK-born footballers

by Michael Bascombe in Grenada

ST GEORGE’S, September 11, 2015 – Wycombe Wanderers’ defender Aaron Pierre wants to continue representing Grenada in international football.

Pierre, who made his debut for Grenada last week, has expressed a commitment to play more football for Grenada in the future.

Despite not winning both games played against Haiti in the CONCACAF qualifying round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, Pierre played an important and leading role in defence for Grenada against Haiti at the National Stadium in St George’s and Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince.

“I’m a Grenadian, so whenever I’m needed I will be there,” Pierre told GrenadaSports prior to his departure to rejoin Wycombe Wanderers.

“It was always nice to meet up with the guys and see family and friends come to the stadium to support Grenada. Some of them I haven’t seen for more than 10 years. It was nice to see everyone.”

Pierre was one of five overseas-based players who joined the Spice Boyz for the third round qualifiers against Haiti.

UK’s York City midfielder Anthony Straker, Perth SC defender David Cyrus of Australia, Jamal Charles of

Overseas-based footballers

Overseas-based footballers

W Connection in Trinidad and goalkeeper Shemel Louison of San Juan Jabloteh of Trinidad are the other overseas players.

There was general satisfaction about the overseas players who combined with the local players despite being eliminated from the qualifying tournament.

“Yes, I think they could help our football. If they could train a little longer with the local players they could blend and make a good team,” said Don Coutain, a football fan.

I’m happy with what I saw today (Friday) even though I wanted a win but I’m happy because Haiti is a good team.”

“That guy wearing the number six jersey (Aaron Pierre) is my player of the game. He knows what he’s doing. He reminds me of watching Steve Mark in the 80’s,” said New York-based Grenadian Trevor Registe, who flew to Grenada for the first leg game.

“That English guy is a good player. I like the spirit of the foreign players. They were playing for their lives. We probably need to expose some of local players to more competitive matches. We gave this game away but I am proud of our boys. Many expected Haiti to win big but that was a good result knowing that they just came from Gold Cup.”

Grenada was eliminated from the qualifying tournament after losing 6-1 on aggregate to Haiti. The Haitians will join Costa Rica, Panama and Jamaica in Group B for the fourth-round group stages which will be played from November 2015 to September 2016.


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