Veteran Pepe’s still on song

The Reggae Boyz will be here for a week long camp and two matches next week and one of the biggest names in the name will be veteran defender Ian ‘Pepe’ Goodison.

The games will be to aid the Centre For Excellence, new home of the Cayman Islands Football Association.

Jamaica will play a Cayman Select team on Thursday June 25 at the TE McField Sports Centre (the Annex) while the Cayman Islands National Football team will face the visitors on Sunday June 28 at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. Both games are scheduled for 7pm.

Goodison was born in Montego Bay, St James. He made his international debut against Guatemala in 1996 in a friendly and scored his first international goal for Jamaica on his debut.

Before that he played for Tivoli High School, Olympic Gardens Football Club, Tivoli Gardens Football Club and Seba.

He was a vital member of the Reggae Boyz 1998 World Cup team.

Pepe is viewed as the best man-marker on the Reggae Boyz team. He is a strong tackler with a great understanding of the game and a team player that covers well for fellow defenders, with the ability to score goals particularly from set plays.

Goodison, 36, currently plays for Tranmere Rovers which he joined in February 2004 after a stint at Hull City.

He recently signed a two year contract with the club which he captains and this week welcomed John Barnes as the new manager.

In November 2008 he earned an all-time record of 113 caps 45 of which were in World Cup Qualifications.