28 Mar 2011
- Written by Ian Prescott (T&T Express)
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The first question people would ask is where is Kazakhstan? Well, it's the place where Trinidad and Tobago defender Robert Primus is currently playing his football.
Actually, Kazakhstan is a former Soviet Socialist Republic which became an independent country in 1991. The country is located in both Central Asia and Eastern Europe, and is the ninth largest country in the world.
After representing T&T at the FIFA Under-17 (2007) and Under-20 (2009) World Cups, Primus won his first overseas professional contract when he signed a three-year deal with Kazakhstan Premier League club FC Aktobe. So, why would Primus want to play in Kazakhstan?
"Well we had a series of trials in Europe, but they (FC Aktobe) wanted him from day one." says Primus' local agent Dion Sosa. "And based on what they say, he has been exceeding expectations.
He has played the full 90 minutes in three games so far. They won all three of them. They first one was 3-0, then they won 3-2 and 2-1.
He is one of the top performers at the club and is doing extremely well despite playing in cold conditions. He was originally signed as a player for the future, but his improvement has been such that they have started him all three matches."
Sosa feels that the experience with FC Aktobe will be a launching point for the 20-year-old defender to get into a major league in the future.
His club FC Aktobe have won the Kazakhstan Premier League four times between 2005 and 2009. They have also qualified for the UEFA Champions League, but are yet to make the breakthrough to the main draw.
In the 2010-2011 season, FC Aktobe again qualified for the Champions League where they went out 3-2 on aggregate to Hapoel Tel Aviv F.C. of Israel in their first round qualifier.
Sosa feels that Primus' performances may be paving the way for other T&T players to get contracts in Kazakhstan, and that there is the possibility that Caledonia AIA defender Daniel Cyrus could also be headed there.