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As the Reggae Boyz get set to face Venezuela and Cuba at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Friday 27th and Monday 30th there will be a few faces who have not donned the Reggae Boyz shirt in a number of months but who are now ready show positive intent ahead of a busy upcoming period for the Boyz.
Those players are Adrian Mariappa and Garath McCleary. They will be a part of the squad which will also include Alvas Powell who was part of Jamaica’s 2014 Caribbean Cup success in Montego Bay.
Twenty –eight year old defender Adrian Mariappa made his debut for Jamaica in May 2012 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in a 1-0 victory over Guyana. The Crystal Palace player will be looking to bring back the pleasant memories of his debut to help Jamaica develop some momentum ahead of a busy summer period. The former Watford F.C. and Reading F.C. player has proved to be an assiduous defender with his quick feet and his never give up attitude.
Reading F.C. winger Garath McCleary is back for Jamaica since he last played for the country in a 5-0 victory over St. Lucia in March last year. He scored his first international goal for Jamaica in this match. McCleary has been in solid form of late helping his club Reading F.C. to qualify for the semi-finals of the F.A. Cup where they will play Arsenal in April. His pace on the wing and his guile when attacking gives Jamaica a cutting edge in its attacking force.
Alvas Powell is a player who has grown leaps and bounds for Jamaica. Since helping Jamaica to qualify for the U-17 World Cup in 2011 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, his growth as a professional has been positive. The twenty year old has become even more versatile since joining Portland Timbers in the MLS . The former Paul Bogle High School student brings a special pride to the hearts of Jamaicans who have seen his consistent progress since the Under 17 Qualification.
The full Jamaica squad will be announced on Sunday and will include Hughan Gray of Waterhouse FC , Dino Williams of Montego Bay United and newly signed recruit to New York Red Bulls in the MLS, Kemar ‘Taxi’ Lawrence, both of whom also sparkled at the Caribbean Cup.
The full squad trains in Montego Bay beginning Tuesday.
PLAYERS CALLED TO CAMP FOR INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES – MARCH 27, 30, 2015