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McKenzie-Lyle: "I'm really proud to be called up"

6 October 2016

Kai McKenzie-Lyle speaks from Guyana's training camp ahead after earning his first international call-up....

Barnet keeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle has joined up with his Guyana teammates after earning his first full international call-up.

The young goalkeeper, who qualifies through his grandparents on his dad's side, was named in a 55-man preliminary squad last month. He has since been included in a 22-strong squad to face Suriname and Jamaica.

McKenzie-Lyle, who made his full debut for Barnet at Portsmouth last season, is one of three keepers in Jamaal Shabazz's squad along with Andrew Nestor and Alex Murray.

"I'm really proud to have been called up and it is a really good opportunity for me to play for my country," McKenzie-Lyle said from the team's training base in Georgetown.

"I was originally approached in pre-season and they watched me in games against Enfield Town and Gillingham. Then I was told I would get a call-up when the season started.

"When I got the call-up I spoke to the club and it has gone from there.

"This is my first time coming to Guyana," he continued. "It has been great. We have not been anywhere other than the capital – Georgetown – yet but we are going to a few places while we're here.

"I've got uncles over here who I speak to so hopefully they will come to the home game against Jamaica next week.

"My teammates have been really good. There are quite a few from abroad and the local players are quite good. Their league has not started yet though, so they have not played any games."

Guyana, who have also called up ex-Bee Sam Cox, face Suriname in the Scotia Bank 2016 CFU Caribbean Men’s Cup Championship on Saturday before facing Jamaica in the same competition on October 11.

Good luck, Kai, from everyone at Barnet Football Club!

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