National call up for Wakefield footballers

TWO players from newly formed Wakefield AFC were called up recently to play for their home country in one of Bermuda’s biggest games in its footballing history. 

Midfielder Jakhari Furbert and goalkeeper Quinaceo Hunt flew back to represent Bermuda against Dominican Republic securing a 3-1 victory into the bargain. 

The two 20-year-old footballers have been training with the former FBT International Football Academy, now Wakefield AFC, for the last two years and are regularly called up to join the Bermuda squad during international breaks.

“Both Jakhari and Quinaceo played for their country at junior level and are now strong contenders for a regular place in Bermuda’s national first team. The game against Dominican Republic saw Jakhari making his first start which is a tremendous achievement,” said Wakefield AFC Chairman, Chris Turner.

“The lads came to us as part of the partnership the Academy had with the Bermuda FA which we look forward to developing further under Wakefield AFC.  

“They were already technically very good players and have continued to develop tremendously well. Their time in the UK is helping to strengthen them as players and broaden their outlook on football. The culture here is very different from in Bermuda.” 

Chris added: “We hope to have both Jakhari and Quinaceo with us at Wakefield AFC for the foreseeable future.” 

Quinaceo said: “Playing for my country was both a great honour and fantastic experience.  I wasn’t nervous and was able to use the skills I have developed at the FBT Academy during the game.”

Jakhari added: “It was brilliant playing alongside other experienced footballers.  I was one of the youngest there, but really loved it.”