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XDFIX 2024-02-20 23:18:48 

Wall names 10 overseas-based players in final squad for U-20 Champs

Squad -Akeem Bernard (Phoenix Academy), Joshua Grant (Real Salt Lake), Taywane Lynch (Mount Pleasant FA), Romain Blake (Chicago Fire), Michael Forbes (Cavalier), Adrian Reid Jr (Cavalier), Ronaldo Barrett (Cavalier), Ahir Dixon (Woodstock Academy), George Grant Jr (Middlesbrough FC), Kyron Horsley McKay (Millwall FC), Alexander Bicknell (Leixoes SC), Malachi Welch (Leyton Orient), Christopher Ainsworth (Cavalier), Brian Burkett (Dunbeholden FC), Dunsting Cohen (Vere United FC), Denzel McKenzie (Phoenix Academy), Robino Gordon (Phoenix Academy), Fabian Reynolds (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Ashton Gordon (Atlanta United), Nick Simmonds (Richmond Kickers), Tyrese Gowe (Dunbeholden FC)

Kaheim Dixon is that unlucky - hmm

Butler should be a happy hunter!

nitro 2024-02-21 02:13:23 

In reply to XDFIX

Dixon is too old for this. Only 7 overseas born players in keeping with Jamaica's quota system.

JoeGrine 2024-02-21 09:52:18 

In reply to nitro

Yes and Yes!

nitro 2024-02-21 10:50:26 

In reply to JoeGrine

I can understand a quota system up to U17 however U20 players are now professional players and a feeder team for your Senior National Team. Even then limiting the team to 6 outfield overseas born players is ridiculous.

Maybe I am being biased as I wanted to see the following players in Jamaica's program as they look like quality youngsters. They are not available in February as it is not a FIFA window but hopefully we qualify for the next round in June 2024 and they are included. Most of them are in England's youth set up but I understand they have their Jamaican papers.

True Grant (Manchester City), Bailey Cadamarteri (Sheffield Wednesday), Omari Benjamin (Arsenal), Nico O'Reilly (Manchester City), Michael Golding (Chelsea), Ishé Samuels-Smith (Chelsea), Ethan Williams (Manchester United), Tyrese Hall (Tottenham Hotspur), Zak Lovelace (Rangers)

JoeGrine 2024-02-21 11:22:56 

In reply to nitro

Your wish will in all likelihood not happen. Please remember the National teams are there to showcase local talents to scouts.

JahJah 2024-02-21 15:57:38 

In reply to JoeGrine

local talents

Are there (m)any?big grin

nitro 2024-02-21 16:10:06 

In reply to JahJah

There are a couple local talents I expect good things from. Christopher Ainsworth who is in the U20, Malachi Douglas and Kaheim Dixon who are too old now for this U20.

XDFIX 2024-02-21 22:04:27 

In reply to nitro

Malachi Douglas and Kaheim Dixon

I thought those guys were in the same age group as Akeem Bernard et. al.

nitro 2024-02-21 22:10:26 

In reply to XDFIX

No, must be born 2005 or later.

XDFIX 2024-02-22 02:16:38 

In reply to nitro

So, dem guys have to link up with Butler to find a real path going forward! Butler got tha mouth and di links!

nitro 2024-02-22 02:34:43 

In reply to XDFIX

If it was a local coach the JFF would find away to ignore Butler's players. John Wall stuck to his guns and chose 4 Phoenix players. Remember how the one Fuzzy said Dujuan Whisper Richards was not good enough for U20?

JoeGrine 2024-02-22 12:56:39 

In reply to nitro

He pretty much refused to play the overseas Jamaicans as well and if my recall is any good, he deemed Lembakisa not good enough to make the squad.

nitro 2024-02-24 11:05:41 

Canada 8 Dominica 0
El Salvador 7 Turks 0
Nicaragua 8 BVI 0
Haiti 4 Cayman 1
Trinidad 3 Vincy 2
Puerto Rico 5 St. Kitts 0

FanAttick 2024-02-24 11:40:42 

In reply to nitro

Is it true that Dennis Chung labeled the Phoenix players as ‘unattached’?

nitro 2024-02-24 12:16:26 

In reply to FanAttick

That is what I understand, stating that Phoenix was an unregistered academy but apparently they are registered with St. Ann. Why St. Ann I don't understand but maybe Butler and KASAFA are at odds as well.

Too much politics in Jamaica's football and the young players suffer. Can you imagine, you as a 17 year old is called to play for your country and the JFF post on social media shows you as unattached? It should have been a proud moment for you and your family instead it is all cass cass and passa passa.
When you are a part of an academy that produced Leon Bailey and Dujuan Richards? That was cruel to the young men.

FanAttick 2024-02-24 13:46:28 

In reply to nitro

Yeah..this JFF reeks of corruption….
Look for John Wall and even Grimmy to be fired soon…if you dont play their game you’re on a short fuse

XDFIX 2024-02-24 15:25:28 

In reply to FanAttick

I am awaiting the outcome of the election for a reset, either way!

XDFIX 2024-02-24 23:52:17 

Jamaica vs. MTQ - nil all

nitro 2024-02-25 01:31:38 

In reply to XDFIX

Jamaica got lucky. I have to say these coaches are good at recruitment but they make Tappa Whitmore looks like Pep Guardiola

Jamaica 1 Martinique 0
Bermuda 2 Grenada 1

Bermuda leads the group. Only the group winner progresses to the next round.

XDFIX 2024-02-25 09:37:46 

In reply to nitro

Game lacked excitement but good win for yard!

FanAttick 2024-02-25 09:56:14 

In reply to nitro

They had their moments but were sloppy and lacked quality in the final third

XDFIX 2024-02-27 02:12:50 

Jamaica 2 Grenada 0

nitro 2024-02-27 10:44:34 

In reply to FanAttick

Agree. We need to improve significantly for the 2nd round.

XDFIX 2024-02-27 12:37:11 

In reply to nitro

Yard on a winning roll thus far! Chelsea should have given Whisper a run, but those guys seek to protect their investment at all cost!

nitro 2024-02-27 13:58:17 

In reply to XDFIX

Whisper will be in the Senior Team. We need to cut the quota for June. There are at least 13 players ready to take Jamaica to glory.

hubert 2024-02-27 13:58:45 

Thanks for update and comments ,Guys.
Have not been with the programme and goings on of late..

Yes hope CHelsea gives Whisper a run in this should JA advance to next round.

My biggest wish is that the current JFF admin is ousted at the coming election.
The game ,from bottom to top inclusive of the Girls competitions and the Girlz need a huge
reset in outlook and support.

Other folks need to take over and bring some new perspective to the game. Ricketts and his
team are past their used by date and while I had hopes that the addition of Chung would make
a difference, its the same old same old.sad

JoeGrine 2024-02-27 14:13:32 

In reply to hubert

The game ,from bottom to top inclusive of the Girls competitions and the Girlz need a huge
reset in outlook and support.

What is your idea of a reset? Before you answer, imagine an U-20 boys team with just local Jamaicans. I will stop there and await your answer.

hubert 2024-02-28 01:35:06 

In reply to JoeGrine

Simply put we can';t get far without overseas players. standard and quality has to raise immensely
on local level. But that is long term. Judicious and good decisions must be at the forefront of
any plan and all should be grateful that there is talent abroad to ensure continued hug ranking
on the International level.
The local scene must see professionalism and solid investment from age group development in both
Girls and Boys. Things being done but much much more has to be done as Jamaica does not lack
talent on the home front not only in terms of players but very good facilities to play on at all levels
throughout the country. Gonna take investments and government has to play a bigger role in this regard.
I rest for now as i still aghast at the ongoing saga of bad relationship within the fraternity
with players from administration.
Have the Girlz and admin mended fences yet ?


sgtdjones 2024-02-28 04:41:02 

In reply to Hubert

Mature Hubert

Mail Canada your yardies two

JoeGrine 2024-02-28 08:26:46 

In reply to hubert

1. As of today, the girls' issue has not gotten to the point where the top girls will take the field.

2. Note that Carvel Stewart (exec member of the opposing slate) is on record as saying (paraphrase) he wants a Jamaican team that is made up of locals that they can identify with. That statement did not get much push back!

XDFIX 2024-02-29 12:37:55 

KINGSTON, Jamaica— Jamaica shook off a spirited Bermuda 3-2 at the St Kitts Technical Centre in Basseterre on Wednesday to top Group F in the Concacaf Under-20 World Cup qualifying with a maximum nine points from three games.

A crazy display of footballing but at least Yard was in the zone!