Jamaica U23 squad selected for late Aug. St. Vincent matches

By August 03, 2018
JFF President Michael Ricketts (right) JOA Business Development Manager Kirk Finnkin and JFF General Secretary Dalton Wint share in the announcement of a Jamaican U23 squad to plat two friendlies against St. Vincent and the Grenadines later this month. JFF President Michael Ricketts (right) JOA Business Development Manager Kirk Finnkin and JFF General Secretary Dalton Wint share in the announcement of a Jamaican U23 squad to plat two friendlies against St. Vincent and the Grenadines later this month.

The Jamaica Football Federation has named an 18-man U23 squad set to play two internationals against St Vincent and the Grenadines later this month.

The naming of the squad on Thursday is the second phase of the Jamaica Olympic Association-backed plan to qualify a Jamaican football team for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. If successful, it would be the first time Jamaica would have qualified a team for the Olympics.

The team departs Jamaica on August 21 and plays its first match against St. Vincent and the Grenadines on August 24 with the second match set for August 26. The team is scheduled to return to Jamaica on August 28.

“We’ve got 18 of the best that the coaches have seen and we take a sojourn down to St.Vincent to compete against them and of course be a part of our preparation process going into the Olympic qualifiers,” said JFF President Michael Ricketts.

The 18-man squad includes Deshorn Beckford, Javane Brown, Jamoi Topey, Daniel Green, Alex Marshall, Kaheem Parris, Tevin Shaw, Ajeanie Talbot, Ricardo Thomas, Peter Lee Vassell, Jeadine White, Eric Edwards, Chaveny Willis, Ricardo Dennis, Venton Evans, Ray Campbell, Clifton Woodbine, and Shandel Senior.

Head coach Donovan Duckie will be accompanied by Merron Gordon. Howard Bell has been appointed team manager.

The JOA is backing the Olympic qualification programme with J$ 8million over three years. Its Business Development Manager Kirk Finnikin says the signs are there that the investment is already bearing fruit.

“The support that we have provided to date, we are pleased to say, we’re seeing fruit bearing,” he said.

“We want you to continue in that vein. The objective for us is quite simple. It is to provide the JFF with the necessary fighting chance to have their team developed and ready for the necessary qualification and ultimately to allow the selected team to perform at their best, and that representation from the JFF will allow that team to perform at the highest level at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”

 

 

 

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