‘I Know What I Can Do’ – Byers Defends Selection Amidst Public Debate

Veteran players Peter Byers (left) and Tamorley Thomas get ready for action against the USVI (Photo courtesy ABFA)
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By Neto Baptiste

Amidst public debate over a move by coaches to select some of the country’s more seasoned players for ongoing CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers, veteran striker Peter Byers is backing himself to deliver when called upon to do so.

“I know what I can do, I know other people know what I could do and I know there are questions about my injury but all I know is that I am just going out there and try to get myself as fit as I can and try to balance my injury and I have no doubt in myself that I can go out there, perform to my best and score more goals,” he said.

“I leave the coaches to do what they have to do but I just have to go out there and work extra hard to get myself more time on the pitch, get fitter than what I am now and I know I will get my time. I just need to go out there and score more goals,” he added. 

The senior training squad included a number of other seasoned players to include Tamorley Thomas and Gason Gregory, a move which sparked public debate over the rationale for their inclusion and more so Byers who has struggled over the years with injuries.

The 36-year-old SAP player however scored the opening goal in Antigua and Barbuda’s 3-0 triumph over the USVI two weekends ago and promises there is more to come. 

“Well, I feel very happy to be back out here playing football again and I am very proud of myself to be able to go out there and get the first goal for the national team [against USVI] so I am very proud of myself for going out there and do what I know I could do by getting myself on the score sheet and I am very happy for that,” he said.

Byers played professionally for the Montreal Impacts in the United Soccer League (USL) from 2008 to 2010 after leaving Trinidad and Tobago where he represented San Juan Jabloteh from 2007 to 2008. He also played for the Antigua Barracuda FC in 2011 before representing the Los Angeles Blues from 2011 to 12, and then Central FC in T&T from 2013 to 2014.

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