Vassell at ease ahead of hometown international debut

Vassell at ease ahead of hometown international debut

Saturday, November 17, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Peter-Lee Vassell is expected to make his first appearance for the national senior team, the Reggae Boyz, in front of his hometown crowd in their Concacaf Nations League game against Suriname today but says he is not nervous or feeling pressured.

If anything, he says the expected presence of his father Samuel “Sonny” Vassell, who has been an invited guest of the Jamaica Football Federation to see him play live for the first time, will be added impetus to do well.

Young Vassell, who starred for Catherine Hall Primary and Cornwall College before playing for Faulkland United in the St James Leagues then transferring to Harbour View in the Red Stripe Premier League last season, has made an instant impact on the Reggae Boyz team and has earned a starting spot in the midfield.

“No, I will not be nervous,” he told the Jamaica Observer after a training session at Jarrett Park Thursday morning.

“This is my hometown and I know what the fans are like so I have no problems.”

The 20-year-old was not aware of his father's planned attendance at the game but said if that was the case “this will motivate me even more to go out there and try harder”.

Vassell, who scored his first goal for Harbour View last year in a game against Montego Bay United at Montego Bay Sports Complex, hopes to get on the scoresheet again today.

“That would be great for me, but it's football. I have to just go out there and play my best and then see what happens.”

— Paul Reid

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