Bailey too good for Jamaica's Reggae Boyz claims Bolt

By March 11, 2018
Usain Bolt and Leon Bailey Usain Bolt and Leon Bailey

Decorated Jamaica Olympic champions Usain Bolt insists he will not encourage Bundesliga star and compatriot Leon Bailey to represent the national team as it is currently below his level.

The 21-year-old Bayer Leverkusen winger has been one of the German league’s hottest property’s this season, scoring 9 goals in 17 appearances and being an all-around thorn in the flesh of defenders.  The player’s talent has garnered attention from some of Europe’s biggest clubs, but recently so have some countries.

Despite, being born and raised in Jamaica until a few years ago Bailey has refused, so far, to represent the national team.  A part of the issue seems to stem from the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) and the player’s stepfather and agent Craig Butler being involved in a tense standoff.  Butler has insisted that the player will not represent the national team until changes are made within the JFF.  With England and Belgium reportedly interested in the player Butler insists the player is ready to listen to other options and Bolt would not advise otherwise.

“When things get better,” the athlete said on a Jamaican television programme recently.

 “I am not going to tell him oh you need to play for Jamaica.  It’s all well and good to do it for your country. Jamaica is not at that level and you are going to stifle the young footballer and he is going to look like a regular footballer I don’t want that,” he added.

The Jamaica national team is currently ranked 50th in the FIFA world rankings and have made the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the region’s top tournament in back-to-back years.  The team made its only appearance in the FIFA World Cup in 1998.


Kwesi Mugisa

Kwesi has been a sports journalist with more than 10-years’ experience in the field. First as a Sports Reporter with The Gleaner in the early 2000s before he made the almost natural transition to becoming an editor. Since then he has led the revamp of The Star’s sports offering, making it a more engaging and forward-thinking component of the most popular tabloid newspaper in the Caribbean.

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