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Khaleem HylandTrinidad and Tobago’s Belgium-based midfielder Khaleem Hyland says he’s hoping to bring some more good fortune to the “Soca Warriors” on home turf as he did against Honduras when they two teams drew 1-1 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in March.
Hyland came off the bench in the second half to sneak home a late equalizer which earned T&T a point against the Hondurans. Since returning to Belgium after the 3-0 loss to the United States Hyland has played six matches for his club SV Zulte Waregem . Now he's ready to take on Costa Rica on June 6 at the Dwight Yorke Stadium.

The former Jabloteh player is expected to arrive in Port of Spain on the weekend. He is among the overseas pros invited so far by head coach Russell Latapy so far include Sunderland trio Dwight Yorke, Carlos Edwards and Kenwyne Jones. Scottish-based duo Marvin Andrews and Collin Samuel Walsall goalie Clayton Ince and defender Dennis Lawrence.

“I’m really looking forward to coming back and joining the national team for the game against Costa Rica . My aim was to get back after the last two games and get myself as fit as possible and get as much playing time with the club and I think I’ve done that.  We are fifth on the table with one game left and now that the season is close to over, I’m really focusing on the Costa Rica game,” Hyland told TTFF Media.

“It was a big honour for me to come off the bench and help the team get the point against Honduras and now if I can make a contribution again and help us get the three points when we play Costa Rica it would a great accomplishment,” Hyland added.

“The league in Belgium has been tough but good for me because I’ve kept myself in good shape and training and playing every week has helped me Hopefully I can bring this over on to the national team and mesh well with the other teams. I think we still have a great chance of qualifying (for South Africa) and once we can get off to a good start again with a win over Costa Rica and then move on to Mexico, then we will be staying right up with the top two teams or so.”

With three more sessions carded for the Larry Gomes Stadium, Latapy will then take his squad over to the sister-isle for a live-in training camp from May 23 leading up to the June 6 clash.