Tuesday 11 August, 2020

Barbados footballer Nick Blackman an Isreali Premier League champion

Nick Blackman

Nick Blackman

Barbados' Nick Blackman has an Isreali Premier League win under his belt now.

"Frustrating, yet rewarding."

That is how Barbados senior national footballer Nick Blackman described his 2019/20 football season after helping his club Maccabi Tel Aviv clinch their second consecutive and 24th overall Israeli Premier League.

It was a rough ride for the 30-year-old forward who had experienced injury and being out of the starting team for quite some time, after some favourable displays in the early part of the season.

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“The season for me has been a mixture of frustration and good times as well.

"I started off the season fantastically well, then I got injured playing for the national team and by the time I came back the team was winning every week, so it was really difficult.

"We were only playing one game a week at the time, so for me to get in and get some playing time was really difficult”, Blackman explained.

The former Manchester United Academy player said the experience was most difficult for him as it was the first time he has encountered anything like it in his career, however, with maturity and professionalism he was able to get by this challenge,

Being back on the pitch and getting regular minutes meant a lot to Blackman, but clinching his first-ever career title left him on Cloud 9.

“It’s an amazing feeling.  It’s the first league title I’ve ever won in my career.

I’m just savoring the moment and enjoying the moment as much as possible because these things don’t happen too often throughout players’ careers”, said a jubilant Blackman.

Even though Blackman has achieved league success, he said there are some other achievements him and his club are aiming for.

One of those feats is to complete the season unbeaten.  In 35 matches, Maccabi Tel Aviv has won 26 matches and drew nine, scoring an impressive 65 goals and allowing just eight.

And the ultimate accomplishment will be to secure qualification into the UEFA Champions League main round.

As a result of their league success, Blackman and his teammates will enter the qualifying round of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League, which is scheduled for a time later this year.

Blackman will be hoping his return to form and good fortune will extend to the Barbados men’s team who are slated to face Guyana in Conceal Gold Cup qualifiers on a date to be determined by the organizers.

The Tridents’ frontman has recorded three goals in four appearances, which helped the national team win Group A of League C in the Concacaf Nations League, and according to Blackman, the best is yet to come.

“My international performances have been good, but there’s still a lot more to come from me as more time goes and I integrate more with the squad”.

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