Football agent sees bright future for Jamaica's football
HOUSTON, Texas -- England-based agent Winston Clarke says based on the current profile of the Reggae Boyz, Jamaica's football is poised for great things.
Clarke, of International Sporting Connections, told the Jamaica Observer here that the Reggae Boyz brand got a massive boost following their historic participation at Copa America recently.
Notwithstanding that the Boyz lost all three games 0-1 to Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina in the Chile tournament, Clarke thinks the solid display of the team has gained the respect of the wider football world.
"Already players and agents are making tentative enquiries about getting an opportunity to showcase for the Jamaica team. With the FIFA World Cup qualifiers coming up and other interesting international friendlies and tournaments to come in 2015/16, the future of Jamaica's national team looks bright," Clarke said.
He noted that it appears the form in Chile seems to have followed the Boyz to the ongoing CONCACAF Gold Cup where the team showed character in their come-from-behind 2-2 tie with Costa Rica in a Group B encounter in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
"The coaching and playing staff were congratulated for the magnificent effort in what was a tough game against last year's FIFA World Cup contenders Costa Rica.
"It is very clear that the players are strong and determined. They have shown the professionalism required to maintain high standards on and off the pitch," Clarke noted.
He underlined that the work by the JFF, coaching staff and others in building the current team should not go unnoticed.
"President Captain Horace Burrell and the JFF staff, along with the technical team, have worked diligently to create a good vibe within the group here at the CONCACAF Gold Cup," said Clarke.
Jamaica defeated Canada 1-0 in the second game of the Gold Cup at the BBVA Compass Stadium here last evening.
Clarke, whose company was involved in organising a number of high-profile matches for the Boyz in the recent past, including friendlies against France, Switzerland, Egypt and Japan, to name a few, said it would make good business sense for corporate Jamaica to get on board the programme.
"I think it is a great time for the corporations of Jamaica to review their marketing objectives, and establish a link with the global success and interest in the Jamaica national team," Clarke expressed.
-- Sean Williams