Barbados’ exciting teenage forward Thierry Gale registered yet another milestone as he scored on debut recently for Budapest Honved Football Club in the Hungarian Premier League.
Even though it was a bittersweet moment for the 18-year-old Barbadian as his team lost 2-1 to Mezokovesd Football Club, Gale was however elated about his goal scored in the 86th minute.
Speaking with Barbados TODAY, Gale said: “I am very excited about scoring on debut but we lost the game so I wasn’t thinking about it too much. We have a lot of matches in hand so hopefully, we will bounce back.”
Budapest Honved is currently tenth in the 12-team standings and are facing relegation. But Gale is confident that his team has what it takes to revive themselves.
“It is a very strong team. It is a very talented team also and I am the youngest in the team. There are very nice people but right now we are in a difficult situation and everybody’s under pressure. Everybody is very scared but I think we can come back because we are a very strong team,” he explained.
Gale admitted that he does feel a bit of pressure upfront because his team is facing relegation. However, since playing in Hungary for the past two years he has gotten acclimatized and is confident of doing well.
“I have acclimatized well in the first year, to be honest. It was very difficult for me. But after that, it was very easy. When I first came here, I was training with the team but I was unable to play because I did not have a contract. So, basically I was already gelling with them even before I had my contract,” Gale said.
He added: “Yes I do feel the pressure a little bit because we are in the regulation zone and when I come on everyone expects me to score and do something good. So, there is a little pressure but I am not worried about it too much.”
Gale has one main goal in mind and that is to bring the team out of relegation and win the cup. Compared to Barbados the style of play in Hungary is very different and involves a lot of running, Gale noted, but said physically he was up for the challenge.
“I am feeling good physically but the first time after the Christmas break in Barbados I was struggling a little bit. So, I had to go to the fitness coach for two weeks and I had to miss like two matches but then I got fit and strong again,” said Gale a former St. Leonard Boys’ student.