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Hand of God

Boyz 'keeper Dwayne Miller says faith in The Almighty guides his recovery from injuries

BY PAUL A REID
Observer writer

Thursday, June 13, 2019

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CATHERINE HALL, St James — Jamaican football fans could be excused if they had forgotten goalkeeper Dwayne Miller who has been out of action for the better part of the last three seasons due to two anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) operations.

The 31-year-old, who has played over 40 times in the national colours since making his debut with the Under-23 team in 2007 when he was 19 years-old, is one of three goalkeepers named by Reggae Boyz head coach Theodore Whitmore for the Concacaf Gold Cup, with Jamaica's campaign set to start on Monday against Honduras in a historic double-header at the National Stadium at 8:30 pm.

El Salvador and Curaxao will get things started at 6:00 pm.

It has been a difficult three years since his first injury in 2015 and the St Thomas-born player, who represents Syrianska Football Club in the Swedish Division 1, but says he will continue working hard.

“I have had two ACL injuries, the first in 2015,” he told the Jamaica Observer, following a training session at the Montego Bay Sports Complex Tuesday morning, “We have been 'rehabbing' after surgery and I tried to come back in 2017, but that was too early and I had a setback and sat out the 2018 season. I am doing much better now and I hope to get all the way back to 100 per cent,” he said

Miller's recall to the national set-up was somewhat of a surprise, he admitted, but believes it's his “hard work and...faith in God anything is possible” that is paying off.

“I just have to have faith, put in the work and leave the rest to God and that is what I have been doing... it has been working so I just have to continue working hard,” he told the Observer.

He is the oldest of the three goalkeepers, including captain Andre Blake and Amal Knight, but says they can all learn from each other.

“We have three good goalkeepers and all we can do is help each other... I can share my experience and I can also learn from them as they have qualities and we have to help each other and help each other grow, that's the objective in the goalkeeping department,” he said.

After watching from the bench for the first six games of the Swedish season that started in March, Miller regained his starting position at Syrianska FC for the last four games before joining the Reggae Boyz, and said while the team has struggled early, he has done well.


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