Digicel hot shots intend to impress

(Jamaica Observer) The top goalscorers in Jamaica’s Digicel Premier League, Roland Dean of Tivoli Gardens; Jermaine Anderson of Waterhouse and Denzil Watson of Boys’ Town have been rewarded with call-ups to the national team for the weeklong training camp in the Cayman Islands.

Anderson and Dean, who have netted six goals each for their respective DPL teams, returned to the national set-up after receiving their last caps in 2002 and 2006, respectively, while Watson is being summoned for the first time after netting five of Boys’ Town’s 12 goals this season.

Former National Under-23 captain, Desmond Breakenridge, who last represented Jamaica in 2005, as well as Nicholy Finlayson, also returns to the national squad.

The largely locally based 20-man Reggae Boyz unit play Cayman in two friendly internationals at the Truman Bodden Complex tonight and Sunday night.

Rodolph Austin of FC Brann in Norway and Omar Cummings, who plies his trade with the Colorado Rapids in the Unites States, are the only overseas-based players in the side that new national coach John Barnes is preparing for the Digicel Caribbean Championship.

The finals of that tournament will be staged in Jamaica from December 1-15.

Second string goalkeeper Shawn Sawyers is also among the players who has been involved with the current ‘Road to South Africa’ World Cup campaign.

The others are Jermaine Taylor, Keniel Moodie, Jermaine Hue and Evan Taylor

Peter Reid is heading the delegation which includes a seven-member management team consisting of Barnes, assistant coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore, manager Vin Blaine, press officer Nodley Wright, goalkeeper coach Aaron Lawrence, masseur Pablo Camargo and equipment manager, Norman Stone.

SQUAD: Shawn Sawyers (Portmore), Dwayne Miller (Harbour View), Jermaine Taylor (Harbour View), Keniel Moodie (Reno), Lance Laing (Harbour View), Adrian Reid (Portmore), Desmond Breakenridge (Arnett Gardens), Andre Darby (Portmore), Andre Campbell (Portmore), Rodolph Austin (FC Brann, Norway), Eric Vernan (Portmore), Nicholy Finlayson (Reno), Evan Taylor (Reno), Ricardo Cousins (Portmore), Jermaine Hue (Harbour View), Roland Dean (Tivoli Gardens), Jermaine Anderson (Waterhouse), Omar Cummings (Colorado Rapids), Denzil Watson (Boys’ Town), Marcelino Blackburn (Harbour View).

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