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Russell Banfield: A Bajan in Argentina

RACHELLE AGARD, rachelleagard@nationnews.com

Added 31 December 2018


Russell Banfield (right) meeting Barbados Football Association’s president Randy Harris during the week-long training session for the under-17 national team at Boca Juniors Athletic Club. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)

There is a saying you can find a Bajan anywhere in the world, and it was no different when EASY happened upon 29-year-old Russell Banfield in Buenos Aires, Argentina recently.

The born and bred Frere Pilgrim, Christ Church boy, said he always had a love affair with South America in general and had the opportunity to live and work in Brazil for six years from 2008 to 2014. During that time, he said he visited a close friend in Buenos Aires, and over those five days, told himself he needed to come back to the city at some point.

“Last year I got a job opportunity to work at a travel company down here and I arrived in July of 2017. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out with the company and we parted ways in November, but I really enjoyed living here. I liked the city, the culture and the vibe of the place, so I decided to stay and look for something else.

“Now I’m a head hunter in the advertising industry at a small recruitment firm. We work on a global level handling clients from Japan, Italy, Germany and the USA,” he explained at the Boca Juniors Athletic Club where the Barbados Football Association’s national under-17 team were on a week-long training session.

The former student of The St Michael School said he left Barbados when he was 16, lived in the United States for two years, spent six years in Brazil, and another two years in the Philippines before settling in Argentina. (RA)

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