Reggae Boy Damion Lowe hurt by ‘disrespectful’ Bolt

By March 11, 2018
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Jamaica international Damion Lowe has expressed dismay with statements made by retired sprint king Usain Bolt who recently claimed Bayer Leverkusen star Leon Bailey should reject calls to represent the national team as it was not up to his level.

The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has struggled to convince the Bundesliga talent, who was born and lived in the country for several years, to suit up for the national team following a protracted dispute with his father and manager Craig Butler.

Butler, who threatens the 21-year-old will have the option of representing either Belgium or England, has insisted Bailey will not represent the country unless a number of changes are made to the JFF national program.

One of Butler’s demands was believed to be a call-up for his biological son Kyle Butler, who currently plays in Malta and was previously not on the national team’s radar.  Both players, however, recently rejected a call-up to represent Jamaica in the upcoming friendly against Antigua and Barbuda at Sabina Park. 

The situation has caused a backlash from some fans, but Lowe, son of former national player Onandi Lowe, has insisted the criticism is unwarranted and particularly Bolt’s dismissal of its efforts. 

“You’re basically degrading all the work your fellow Jamaicans have put to get us into the top 50, to have only lost 5 games out of 18,” Lowe said via a Facebook post.

“You guys should stop seeing Jamaica football as it was in the past.  We are rising and it’s evident with our results and rankings.”

Since June 2016 the national team has risen 27 points in the FIFA World Rankings.

“I guess Mr. Bolt u would rather go represent another country because u think they aren’t good enough for your talents.  Look what you did for Jamaica it opened so many doors it shined a light on us,” Lowe wrote.

“Imagine if u had taken that talent to another country, who would be breaking records for us? who would be winning back to back golds?

“Just like the young man you are talking about if he plays for Jamaica he will be seen as a Jamaican creating wonders in world football and it will give other young players chances, it will open doors for many.  If he plays for another country he won’t be seen as an ambassador for Jamaica.  Be proud no matter what the situation.  Yes I’m not playing for the big leagues, but I’m gonna get there one day and I won’t and will never regret playing for Jamaica.  U know why? Because when I do brand Jamaica will be next to my name.  Not Belgium, not Germany not Spain not Norway.

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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