Bailey: 'I am excited to be playing in front of my home crowd'

Friday, June 14, 2019

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TUCKER, St James — Leon Bailey seems eager to make his first appearance for Jamaica's senior football team and is looking forward to help give the Reggae Boyz a winning start to the Concacaf Gold Cup on Monday when they host Honduras in a Group C game at the National Stadium.

Game time is 8:00 pm.

The other match of the group's double-header will see El Salvador taking on Curacao in the 6:00 pm curtain-raiser.

Bailey, who has played more than 60 times for Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga over the last two seasons and is touted to be on the move to the English Premier League, has been in training with the Reggae Boyz in Montego Bay all week and told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that he was raring to go.

“I am very excited to be here first and foremost, and I am excited to be playing in front of my home crowd and my people who I hope will turn out to support us on Monday,” he said after the team's one-hour training session at WesPow Park in Tucker.

Bailey, who watched Jamaica beat the USA 1-0 in a friendly international in Washington, DC, last week, said he was “expecting good performances from both teams”.

The exciting young player, who is expected to significantly add to the Reggae Boyz team, said he has been gelling well with his teammates.

“I have been fitting in well, the players have given me a lot of support since I arrived and I have known a lot of these players from a long time, we respect each other and I think we have a long way to go as a group,” said the 21-year-old Bailey.

– Paul Reid

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