Minute’s silence to be observed for Burrell

LIMA, Peru — Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz go into today’s friendly international against Peru, with heavy hearts.

When they kick off at the Estadio de La Unsa at 7:30 pm in Arequipa, 500 miles south of here, they are expected to pay tribute to Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Captain Horace Burrell, who passed away last week Tuesday in the USA after a year-long battle with cancer.

Burrell was 67.

According to team manager Roy Simpson, the visionary leader will be honoured during this evening’s game.

“Everybody, including staff, will wear black armbands and I know Winston Clarke, who coordinates these games on behalf of the federation, has reached out to our counterparts in Peru that the players would gather in the centre circle and would ask everybody in the stadium to stand and observe a minute of silence to acknowledge Captain before the kick-off,” he told the Jamaica Observer in the Peruvian capital yesterday.

Simpson admitted that an air of gloom hover over the players and staff as everybody tries to come to grips with the death of Burrell, the man many has credited for almost single-handedly driving a dream of qualifying Jamaica to their historic France 1998 World Cup Finals.

“I think everybody is feeling melancholic at this time. When we gathered in Miami, the first question from the players was, ‘manager how are you doing?’ because we had lost our president Captain Horace Burrell. Read more

Source: Jamaica Observer