Playing For His Father

Like most young men, Shamar Nicholson’s father meant the world to him, and every day, especially Father’s Day, is like a tribute to him.

The 20-year-old, a new member of the national team, lost his father at a football game close to four years ago.

“My father played a big role in my life. If he was here now, I am confident that I would have reached much further. He would have given me more motivation.

“He loved football and he died at a football game,” Nicholson said of his late father, Wayne.


“At that time, I was a youth player for Boys’ Town, waiting to break into the senior team. I was watching one of the senior team’s matches one day, and while sitting in the stands, my father came in. When he came in, I just started watching him and couldn’t take my eyes off him.

“It was a strange feeling. I just didn’t know what was happening and couldn’t explain the feeling, but I stopped watching the game and started watching him,” Nicholson said of his father, who was shot dead at that football match.

It was the start of a very difficult period for Nicholson as his father was a constant source of inspiration.

“My father always spoke to me about the game and asked me if I really wanted it and told me the stuff that I had to do to make it as a successful player.

“When I used to give trouble, he would say to me that I cannot want to be footballer and have people saying bad things about me. He also watched a lot of interviews with players talking about what they had to do to make it, and told me I should follow in their footsteps,” the former Trench Town player said. Read more

Source: Jamaica Gleaner