GEORGETOWN, Guyana– Barbados FW Hallam Hope had a pretty good feeling that his Barbados National Team debut would go well.
Speaking with Concacaf.com the day after his two goals helped earn the Bajan Tridents a 2-2 draw at Guyana in their first 2019/20 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying match, Hope recounted how he called his shot of scoring not only Barbados’ first ever CNL goal, but the first brace in CNL history.
“As we were leaving the hotel to go to the match, my roommate [DF Nicoli Brathwaite] asked me how many goals I thought I would score. I said, ‘I’ll get two tonight’. He replied, ‘Not three? Not a hat trick?’ I said, “No, just two tonight,’” recalled Hope with a chuckle.
After spending time playing for several of England’s youth national teams, the 24-year-old Carlisle United man, whose father is from Barbados, accepted a call-up to represent the Bajan Tridents for the very first time against Guyana.
Needless to say, it is a night Hope will never forget.
“It means a lot to me, a hat trick would have been nice in my debut and I wish we could have won, but it’s a great feeling to contribute on my debut,” said Hope.
The Concacaf region is still unfamiliar territory to the Manchester-born Hope, but he is impressed by what he has observed so far.
“This is a good experience for us as a team. We are going to get better as a team and get to know each other. I’m impressed by what I’ve seen. There is good quality on this team,” said Hope.
On a personal level, Hope is looking forward to playing in all the different environments that are on offer in Concacaf.
“It will be nice to get to see different parts of the world, play against different styles of football. These are styles that are very different from what I see in England. I’m enjoying it and taking it game by game,” said Hope.
Hope is also optimistic that many of his Barbados teammates and other players around the region to take advantage of the CNL and move to bigger clubs.
“This is a great tournament for all the players around the Caribbean. They can show what they can do and get opportunities to play for a professional club,” concluded Hope.