Three key returnees will form the leadership group for HFX Wanderers FC at the upcoming Island Games in Charlottetown.
Midfielder Andre Rampersad will be the on-field captain and defender Alex De Carolis will handle the duties off the pitch as club captain. Centre back Peter Schaale will wear the armband in games when Rampersad is unavailable.
“I have confidence in them and I know they will do the job,” Wanderers coach Stephen Hart said in a news release. “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.”
Rampersad is always around the ball and controls the play in the middle. The native of Trinidad and Tobago emerged as the Wanderers’ leader during the course of the team’s inaugural campaign in 2019.
“It means a lot and I’m going to bring everything to the table,” Rampersad said in a news release. “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.”
Schaale is a rock in the middle of Halifax’s back line and wore the armband for several games last season before returning to Cape Breton University for his final season of university soccer. The German defender was also the captain for the Capers.
“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 in a news release.
“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 27-year-old De Carolis is the senior member of the young team and helped keep the group connected through the challenges of the pandemic.
“I love this team, the fans and the club and I’m honoured,” De Carolis said in a news release. “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.”
The opener of the Island Games is on Thursday when Cavalry FC and Forge FC face each other.