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Andre Rampersad Thread
« on: June 19, 2019, 08:35:06 PM »
WATCH: Andre Rampersad scores his first goal for Halifax Wanderers FC with an emphatic volley during their 2-1 loss to league leaders Cavalry FC

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Wanderers midfielder Andre Rampersad coming back in 2020
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2019, 01:27:03 PM »
Wanderers midfielder Andre Rampersad coming back in 2020
By John Molinaro (canpl.ca
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First, HFX Wanderers re-signed their top scorer. Then they decided to bring back their starting goalkeeper.

On Thursday, Wanderers locked up one of their key midfield linchpins, announcing they have come to terms with Andre Rampersad on a contract for 2020.

“It’s an awesome feeling to be honest, I already miss Halifax. I miss the soccer too and the fans there are the love of my heart, so I’m excited to come back,” said Rampersad, who is currently back home in Arima, Trinidad and Tobago.

Rampersad, 24, was a regular starter  as HFX’s go-to box-to-box midfielder this season and was one of the club’s most consistent performers, scoring one goal and tallying an assist in 25 league appearances.

After playing for FC Santa Rosa in his native Trinidad and Tobago, Rampersad joined Wanderers last January, along with countrymen Jan-Michael Williams, Elton John and Akeem Garcia as the club’s first international signings.

“He showed promise every time he played but as the season went on and he started to become more comfortable, he showed the freedom to bring his qualities to the games,” HFX coach Stephen Hart said of Rampersad.

Rampersad admitted one of his goals next season is to improve his offensive production.

“With the team now, I have to play a leadership role and I feel like I can get better as far as goals are concerned,” he said.

Hart revealed there was interest in Rampersad from other clubs, but the Trinidadian had his heart on returning to Halifax next year.

“The first season was amazing at the Wanderers Grounds, they push us every time, so next season I can only imagine it will get better and we need to pay back the fans and the city of Halifax,” Rampersad said.

The new deal for Rampersad comes on the heels of Wanderers recently coming to terms with forward Akeem Garcia (the team’s top scorer in 2019, with seven goals) and goalkeeper Christian Oxner (six clean sheets, fourth-best in the league).

HFX also used the No. 1 pick in the recent CPL-U SPORTS Draft to select left winger Cory Bent from Cape Breton University. Wanderers used their second-round pick on Jake Ruby, a right fullback from Trinity Western University. Both prospects are expected to report to pre-season training camp next March when they’ll try to earn a spot on Wanderers’ roster for the 2020 CPL season.
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Re: Andre Rampersad Thread
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2019, 02:18:04 PM »
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Midfielder Andre Rampersad named captain of Halifax Wanderers
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2020, 01:47:59 PM »
Midfielder Andre Rampersad named captain  of Halifax Wanderers
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Wanderers head coach Stephen Hart has chosen three influential players from the team’s inaugural season to lead the squad into The Island Games.

Midfielder Andre Rampersad will wear the captain’s armband on the pitch, with centre-back Peter Schaale ready to take over should he not play.

Full-back Alex De Carolis has been named as the Wanderers club captain which comes with leadership duties off the pitch.

 All three players are popular with the fans and have shown themselves to be inspirational characters with their teammates.

“I have confidence in them and I know they will do the job,” said Coach Hart. “The reasoning for naming three is so it’s clear that if one is substituted who will be captain, so it just saves any confusion.”

Hart’s announcement represents a huge honour for all three players who have become integral members of his roster.

Rampersad established himself as one of the Canadian Premier League’s most dependable performers last season with his box-to-box midfield game.

The Trinidad and Tobago player was recognized for that by his teammates in the club’s last match of the 2019 season, when they handed him the captain’s armband in a spontaneous gesture just before the kick-off.

“That in itself speaks volumes,” said Hart. “He has always shown a leadership edge and the willingness to make demands of players and pull them up when things are not going well. I expect him to be my voice on the field.”

The Trini midfielder said he is thrilled to get the armband.

“It means a lot and I’m going to bring everything to the table. I know I have to lead by example and be there for my team and we owe our fans this season, so we will be doing the best we can,” he said.

Another player well respected by his teammates, Alex De Carolis became a leading member of the squad last season and demonstrated his commitment during the pandemic lockdown, helping players stay connected to each other, as well as the fans through social media.

Hart notes the veteran defender’s off the field dedication is a key reason for his selection.

De Carolis, who at 27 is the oldest member of a young squad, said he’s proud to be the Wanderers club captain.

“I love this team, the fans and the club and I’m honoured. The seven returning players, we all know where we finished last season, so we have something to prove as well and we want to show everyone what we’re made of,” De Carolis said.

Peter Schaale said the trio work well together with a strong mutual respect as well as confidence in the squad as a whole going into the Island Games.

“This is a natural role for me and the three of us are leaders but you don’t have to be wearing an armband to be a leader and we have a lot of strong characters and everybody knows their job,” Schaale said.

The big German, who was captain for the Cape Breton Capers during a tremendously successful spell for the University, said his main priority as a leader will be bringing security to the team’s defence.

“We are all buzzing to get going and to try our best to bring the championship back to Halifax because I think we’re capable of doing it.”

The Island Games kicks off August 13th with a repeat of last year’s final between Cavalry and champions Forge.

Remember, you can follow the Wanderers on PEI by joining The Collective which includes exclusive first-access to the Wanderers away jersey as one of many benefits when you sign up.

And stay tuned to our social media channels for all the latest Wanderers and league news in the run up to the games.

Come on you Wanderers!
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Re: Andre Rampersad Thread
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2020, 04:38:06 PM »
Andre Rampersad re-signs with Halifax Wanderers for another 2 years plus a club option in 2023
By Dylan Lawrence (hfxwanderersfc.canpl.ca)


Oh captain, my captain!

Wanderers supporters would agree that Andre Rampersad has proven to be a spice of positivity for Halifax’s professional soccer team. Steering the Wanderers from a last-place finish in 2019 to an impressive second-place finish in 2020, he has shown leadership through his actions both on and off the pitch.

Andre Rampersad returns to the HFX Wanderers under a new contract where the Trinidadian midfielder has committed for another two years with a club option in 2023.

Andre connected with Wanderers Brand Manager Dylan Lawrence to discuss the factors that impacted his decision, as well as what the city of Halifax now means to him.

Dylan Lawrence: You’ve signed a new contract with the Wanderers. What helped with that decision?

AR: Reaching the finals last season was a big thing for us. I know the majority of the guys are going to be back and we’re going to have our next chance to make the final. So it was an easy decision for me to make the decision to come back.

You’ve committed for a couple years. What was a key factor in that decision?

AR: Yeah, almost three years. I met my girlfriend here in Halifax and with everything going on, you don’t know what’s going to happen in the world tomorrow, right? So being in Halifax, feeling safe and feeling loved definitely helped me with my decision to (stay)… and for that long.

Since the inaugural year, how has it been having others on the team from Trinidad?

AR: It just makes it so much easier on you as a player. So much more comforting because if you have problems, it’s easy to go to these guys and they help you out, talk to you and especially Stephen and Jan as coaches. You can go to them and get a straight-up answer on what you can work on or what you can do to get better.

That’s really great that you have that here. I know you’re close with your Grandmother, how hard is it being away from her and the rest of your family?

AR: It’s pretty tough, but she wouldn’t want anything else than for me to be living my dream and doing it to the best that I can, as long as it takes. I definitely miss her a lot and I know she misses me, but she knows the cause and she knows the reason. She wouldn’t tell me anything different than to go out and live my dream.

You’ve mentioned how welcoming the people in Halifax are, but could you try to explain what is so special about the community here that makes you feel that way?

AR: Well, it goes back to the first season when I got here. Kind of like being a nobody, coming into a team where you want to win something, and the people don’t really know you but they welcome you (anyways). Last season we didn’t do as well and they stuck with us. Even now throughout the pandemic they’ve stuck with us, didn’t cause a riot about not getting to see games, they just continue to support us as much as they can. To see that amount of support… it’s impossible not to fall in love with people like that. It’s an amazing thing that this city has and the people here. They continue to be so genuine and so nice.

Interesting to hear you say you came here as a nobody. I actually don’t know much about this, but what is the story of how you started playing professional football?

AR: I started playing professionally – if you want to call it that – I was playing second division in Trinidad with my old team, FC Santa Rosa, Derek King came in as the coach for that final season before we got (to Halifax). Derek King was known for winning a lot and he’s been in championships before and worked with the Trinidad National Team and all that. So yeah, he saw my ability and said ‘you know what, I’m going to give this guy a shot’. He then brought Stephen Hart over to watch and he saw me and he was impressed and said he would give me a chance. That sums up what these guys are about; giving guys chances. If you want it, you take it. If you don’t then you made the mistake and you go back to where you started.

You used to play cricket growing up, didn’t you?

AR: Yeah, I was actually in the primary school that I went to, I was the captain. The excitement behind it wasn’t as much growing up as the football, right? So I stuck with the (football) and I was doing pretty well at that age, so I eventually fell in love with it and said, you know what, I’m going to stick with this.

What age were you when you decided football was the path for you?

AR: I was probably 12 years old, just leaving the primary school to go to secondary school. It wasn’t long before I joined (FC Santa Rosa) and it became serious after that.

With the sad news of Diego Maradona’s passing, can you talk about the influence he had on you personally as a footballer?

AR: Just going back to when I was younger, my uncle was a big Pele and Maradona fan. He used to have tapes of them on the VCR and even sit me down and show me how they train and all that. For me, it was complete motivation that came from that. I never got to see him play but I see the clips from YouTube and whatever but these guys mastered the game and motivated the young ones coming up. As you can see now he’s passed away and the world is going crazy. That’s the influence these guys have on not just the sport but the world as a whole and kids growing up.

I couldn’t agree more. What do you hope to inspire in the next generation of football players that come up in the city of Halifax?

AR: What comes with the [responsibility] is that grit and the winning mentality that every day you’re not going to be second, you’re going to be first every day. It might not happen every day but just thinking about it and wanting to come first every day makes it so much better. You just keep fighting and regardless of what comes your way, you can overcome the hurdles and look to improve every day. What I try to do to inspire the kids coming up is to remind them that you’ve got to work hard – it’s not going to come easy. The world of football shows us this every day, whether you’re the best or not, if you’re willing to work harder than your opponent, you’re going to get the result.
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Raised on cricket, Wanderers captain Rampersad has become soccer standout
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2021, 03:37:00 PM »
Raised on cricket, Wanderers captain Rampersad has become soccer standout
By Glenn MacDonald (The Chronicle Herald)


It is said that cricket as a passion is distinctly contagious.

But even the gentleman’s sport couldn’t eclipse the lure of the beautiful game for Andre Rampersad.

“When I was going to school, I was more into cricket and it was cricket that I really liked,” the HFX Wanderers captain and midfielder from Trinidad and Tobago said in a recent interview.

“I thought it was exciting at the time. But then I found soccer and it took me away. I was probably 12 years old and heading to secondary school. The excitement of football was what caught me and I fell in love with it. I was so good at the time, I figured I better switch and just stick to one. So, I chose soccer.

“I still enjoy cricket. Sometimes when I’m home, I’ll play it in the streets.”

Before long, Rampersad’s rapid accession brought him to the National Super League, a semi-professional association of football clubs in Trinidad. He joined his first pro team – FC Santa Rosa – when he was 18 years old.

“It became serious after that,” said Rampersad, who turned 26 on Feb. 2.

His manager during his final season (2018) with Santa Rosa was Derek King, who assisted Stephen Hart on the Trinidad and Tobago national team and would eventually join Hart’s coaching staff for the Wanderers’ inaugural season.

King invited Hart to a camp in the Caribbean island nation to scout some potential players for the Canadian Premier League club’s first-year roster. From that camp, Hart found his captain (Rampersad) leading scorer (Akeem Garcia) and veteran goalkeeper turned coach (Jan-Michael Williams).

“He came down for a bit to see what we could bring to the Wanderers,” Rampersad recalled. “I guess he thought we could work with his system and the way he wants us to play. He gave us a shot and brought us over and now here we are.”

Hart – the reigning CPL coach of the year after steering his club from a last-place finish in its inaugural season to one victory short of capturing the championship banner in 2020 – has been influential on the Trinidadian trio.

Rampersad said Hart, who hails from the Trinidadian city of San Fernando on the Gulf of Paria, “has definitely changed my life around.”

“Stephen has showed me how to be a professional soccer player,” Rampersad said. “As a coach he always wants you to get better and do better. He’ll say, ‘yeah, you did good today, but can you be better tomorrow?’

“You can always go to him if there are things that are bothering you. Any day, you can go to him and he’s there to give you advice, what to do, how to get better, what to work on. He’s always a positive guy with the team and with the players. He’ll tell us to go out and express yourself, the football belongs to us. When you have that kind of coaching behind you, you’re just free to do what you do best.”

Training and playing alongside his fellow countrymen have also made the transition to a new league in a foreign land a little easier.

“I’ve learned a lot from Akeem and Jan. They have pushed me and really helped me express who I am and what I can do on the football pitch,” Rampersad said.

“It has been easier when you have guys you know around you. We have that chemistry. Even if you have a bad day of training or a bad game, they are around to keep you up and keep pushing you as well.”

After the team struggled through a mediocre first season, only a handful players were welcomed back in 2020. One of them, of course, was Rampersad who Hart rewarded with the captaincy for the leadership he had shown both on the pitch and off.

He was an instrumental force in the Wanderers’ success at the Island Games last summer, when they reached the CPL Final championship.

“Everyone has their own way of being a leader, off the pitch, on the pitch, wherever it may be,” Rampersad said. “For me, playing and keeping the guys intact, motivating them and helping them with their confidence, it all comes naturally to me without even thinking about it.”

His importance to the club was noted in the fall when the Wanderers signed him to a two-year contract with a club option in 2023. Rampersad is among a slew of players who have been inked to new deals.

“We did really well in the league last summer, making the final. But so close, yet so far,” Rampersad said.

“They chose to bring me back because they want to keep together what we have right now. For me, it was an easy decision. This is a team that has accepted me for who I am. I love playing for them and I love playing at the Wanderers Grounds.

“We were all chatting in the off-season saying we need to work harder and be ready for next season because teams are going to be coming after us and we have to be ready for it and not be surprised. Those key players who’ve been brought back will only help with our success.”

Rampersad admits coming from the tropical backdrop of the southern Caribbean Sea to the cooler temperate climes of Nova Scotia was an adjustment.

But it didn’t take long for him to appreciate his new home.

In fact, he has remained in Halifax during this off-season. Rampersad can be found training and working out with teammate and Halifax resident Christian Oxner on a daily basis.

“They have welcomed me here in Halifax. I feel safe, I feel loved,” Rampersad said.

“It goes back to the first year when we had fans at the stadium. I know everyone says it but they are true fans. They are one of the main things that attracted me and made me want to stay here. The people here are really nice. It’s not just the fans but the people in general. It’s nice to live in a city like this.

“Yeah, the snow is a little crazy. But it’s fun ... for a while,” he added with a laugh.
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Re: Andre Rampersad Thread
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2021, 07:27:10 AM »
Halifax Wanderers midfielder and captain, Andre Rampersad named to the Canadian Premier League's Team of the Week (#14)

Another central midfielder who played two excellent games at the base of his team’s midfield and showed real leadership qualities for his manager on the pitch. Rampersad was very good in a tough match against CF Montreal in midweek and didn’t show many signs of fatigue just three days later as he led his team to an important clean sheet against FC Edmonton at the Wanderers Grounds. Rampersad is almost as important to Stephen Hart as Joao Morelli. On a team that is not efficient in front of goal and plays a lot of close games it is the 26-year-old native of Trinidad and Tobago that recognizes key moments to step up, winning the ball and starting transitions. Rampersad gained possession a remarkable 14 times against the Eddies.

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Re: Andre Rampersad Thread
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2022, 03:45:42 PM »
Andre Rampersad has now amassed 75 appearances for Halifax Wanderers.

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Re: Andre Rampersad Thread
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2022, 03:46:46 PM »
HFX Wanderers’ Andre Rampersad named to Canadian Premier League Team of the Week (#3).
It was a somewhat disjointed game from both sides in Langford, but Rampersad was a major bright spot for Halifax. He had a clear desire to push the ball forward with his own ability on the run, and to win it back when the Wanderers were out of possession — which he did a staggering 15 times.

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Re: Andre Rampersad Thread
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2022, 11:34:57 AM »
Looing like Tallman ' pimping ' this Rampersad  player :rotfl: :rotfl: for national duties?  ;D ;D

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« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2022, 12:07:20 PM »
Looing like Tallman ' pimping ' this Rampersad  player :rotfl: :rotfl: for national duties?  ;D ;D
LOL. I does just showcase de players and dem accomplishments to make sure the info is out there. Is up to de technical staff to show interest or not. They cyah claim dat dey eh know.
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« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2022, 12:15:38 PM »
Looing like Tallman ' pimping ' this Rampersad  player :rotfl: :rotfl: for national duties?  ;D ;D
LOL. I does just showcase de players and dem accomplishments to make sure the info is out there. Is up to de technical staff to show interest or not. They cyah claim dat dey eh know.
Tallman I watching him play every time dey come out to Calgary. I think players like this hungry for an opportunity and they ought to be considered.
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