Jamaica turn to local players
Theodore Whitmore, the Jamaica coach, has confirmed his entirely local-based 20-man squad to face Bermuda in an international friendly at the Montego Bay Sports Complex tomorrow.
With the match falling outside of the international break, meaning professional clubs will not be obligated to release their players, both sides were expected to be without a number of key players.
Among the absentees from the squad are United States-based goalkeeper Andre Blake, of Philadelphia Union, centre halves Alvas Powell, of Inter Miami and Watford's Adrian Mariappa, as well as Bobby Decordova-Reid, of Fulham and most notably Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey.
Michael Ricketts, the Jamaica Football Federation president, had previously eluded that their squad would comprise local-based players and so it has proved.
Harbour View midfielder Jahshaun Anglin is one of three previously uncapped players called up, while a host of players are also being afforded another shot at making Jamaica's provisional squad for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, including Renaldo Wellington, Lamar Walker and Peter Lee Vassell, who was recently released by Los Angeles FC in the MLS.
Team manger Roy Simpson highlighted Wellington, of former Premier League club Montego Bay United as one such player that has an opportunity to impress in the absence of the established squad members.
“The coaches have seen something in him that they feel they can build on,” said Simpson speaking to the SportsMax website.
“Lamar Walker has been recalled after recovering from injury, while under-23 player Andre Fletcher, is being given an opportunity at the senior level.”
Jamaica are ranked 48th in the world, 120 positions above Bermuda in 168th. Bermuda lost 3-2 to Jamaica in Kingston in a Caribbean Cup qualifier in the previous meeting between the two nations in 1997.
Andre Fletcher (Waterhouse FC), Ricardo Thomas (Waterhouse FC), Shawn Lawes (Waterhouse FC), Akeem Chambers (Waterhouse FC), Colorado Murray (Waterhouse FC), Dennis Taylor (Humble Lion FC), Andre Clennon (Humble Lion FC), Ladale Richie (Mt. Pleasant FC), Kevaughn Isaacs (Mt. Pleasant FC), Kemar Beckford (Mt. Pleasant FC), Jourdaine Fletcher (Mt. Pleasant FC), Ajeanie Talbott (Harbour View FC), Jahshaun Anglin (Harbour View FC), Fabion McCarthy (UWI FC), Javoy Belnavis (UWI FC), Renaldo Wellington (Montego Bay United), Peter Vassel (Unattached), Chevone Marsh (Cavalier SC), Kemal Malcolm (Arnett Gardens) and Lamar Walker (Portmore United FC)