Trinidad and Tobago national footballer Khaleem Hyland, 24, is in faraway Russia today as a member of Belgium club Racing Genk who face Russian side An-zee Mack-hatch-kalaar (Anzhi Makhachkala) in a UEFA’s Europa League round of 32 first leg tie.
The Carenage-born Hyland who played for San Juan Jabloteh before settling on pro play abroad is one of Genk’s midfielders.
Hyland has been a member of Trinidad and Tobago’s senior national team and may be one of the overseas-based players invited for TT’s friendly internationals against Argentina in Argentina on June 4th and against Iran in Brazil on June 8, four days before the FIFA World Cup finals get underway.
Hyland played in all five Genk’s European League qualifying matches between August and November last year.
Genk are currently in sixth place on the 16-team Belgian Premier League.
Meanwhile Hyland’s former TT pro league club Jabloteh are in action tomorrow against Defence Force in the 8pm-kick-off match at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
St Ann’s Rangers face Central FC in the first from 6 pm.
And with no homecoming for Hyland for this year’s Carnival, there’s also seemingly sparing Carnival focus for players of the nine local pro clubs as between today and Saturday, eight of them have key matches.
Leaders W Connection tackle the improving Caledonia AIA of Morvant-Laventille in today’s lone match at the Ato Boldon Stadium starting at 7 pm.
And on Saturday it’s a 3.30pm start for the North East Stars versus Police at the Larry Gomes Stadium.
On Monday another Trinidad and Tobago international Anthony Wolfe was highlighted for his play in the Indian League for his Churchill Brothers team who drew goalless with East Bengal.