Hughtun Hector (pictured) is back with Trinidad & Tobago after a lengthy injury layoff. (Photo courtesy of TTFA Media)
MARABELLA, Trinidad & Tobago – Hughtun Hector is back.
He is back with his beloved DirecTV W Connection following a long stint in the Vietnamese Super League and he is back with Trinidad & Tobago.
It’s been a long road for Hector, who returned to action last month after being sidelined for nearly a year with a ruptured Achilles. His recovery was punctuated by earning a recall to the Soca Warriors for Saturday’s international friendly at Grenada.
“I feel very happy to come back and wear the national colors,” said the 33-time capped Hector. “It’s been a long while, a long wait. I’ve been on injury for 9-10 months. It was difficult for me. I come back fit and ready to represent the country at the highest level.”
Hector proved his abilities once again by playing in two of W Connection’s Caribbean Football Union Club Championship in February, scoring brilliantly from distance in a 3-1 win over Inter Moengotapoe.
“It’s a good feeling. It’s my club I used to play with since I was 17 years [old],” Hector expressed. “I spent five years outside, I come back to play and it’s a joy to play with a lot of the youths on the team. We try to work hard to win the league and reach the finals of the CONCACAF Champions League.”
His first full 90 minutes came against Guadeloupe’s CS Moulien on February 26, a 5-1 triumph.
“I was a little uneasy playing,” remarked Hector. “After I got into the rhythm and I realize everything is good, I thought everything was OK.”
T&T is using the meeting with Grenada as a tune-up for matches on March 25 and 29 with St. Vincent & the Grenadines in the fourth round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
“I know coming into this St. Vincent game everyone will be focused,” Hector finished. “We have our local squad here working hard and when the foreign based come back in against St. Vincent I think we can get the two victories and be in a good position to go forward.”