Prolific striker Roen Nelson will be part of Jamaica’s National Premier League team Portmore United Football coming to the Cayman Islands to play friendly games against the Cayman Islands national team on March 15 and 16.
These games are part of the final preparations instituted by Technical Director Carl Brown for the return leg between Bermuda in the road to South Africa World Cup 2010 Qualification games.
Cayman drew 1-1 with Bermuda in the first leg on their soil to place the island in a favorable position to advance to the next round. They need only a 0-0 result to fulfill their dreams of going on to the second leg of this qualifying round.
Nelson banged home 30 goals in the 2002-03 season, setting the standard for the competition for years to come.
That record still stands and Nelson not only dominated Jamaica’s premier league but went to Trinidad and Tobago’s Joe Public, where even after struggling with some weight issues, he was good enough to be the club’s top striker and the competition’s leading marksman as well.
Nelson does not understand what it means to quit as his dip in form when he returned to the premier league in 2006 never deterred him and he was soon off to Trinidad once again.
While there he once again struck form and on his return to the league in Jamaica this season, he has again looked awesome.
The burly striker played as a substitute for Jamaica against Costa Rica in the recent international at the National Stadium and from his few minutes on the pitch, his touches looked sharp, and he was moving off the ball well, opening gaps that provided the midfielders with opportunities to score.
This striker who has an extremely rare influence on the team will build up from the middle and attack with purpose his strength and ability.
Nelson made a mark on his return to the league by scoring four against August Town at the University of the West Indies play field in their game recently sending a message to state his return in full force.
Although, not fully back to his destructive form he did score against Reno recently and has been allowing other players on the pitch to benefit from the attention he requires of his markers. It is important to note though, that this diminutive striker is a goal poacher in every sense.
While Nelson was in Trinidad, completing a four-year stint with Joe Public, he scored somewhere in the region of 115 goals. It must be remembered that some of that time; Nelson was playing with Portmore United. That awesome record isn’t something new, as the striker has scored over 400 goals in his career.
At the Manning Cup level while donning the colours of Dunoon Technical High School in Kingston he achieved acclaim as a goal scorer as well, netting 31 goals in the 1998 season. His goalscoring feats have also come with titles.
The year he scored 30 goals in the Premier League, Portmore United were crowned champions and the year he scored 31 goals in the Manning Cup, Dunoon earned their only schoolboy title.
What is scary is that Nelson is now more mature and sensible about his football and seriously indicated in an interview that he saw the sport most people love as a serious job.
Nelson’s sole purpose without a doubt is to bring Portmore goals and with the team leading the league standings in the National Premier league at the moment is enough proof that it will not be a walkover when they land here.