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Young baller spurned as Under-20 pick

Published:Tuesday | December 23, 2014 | 12:00 AM


There is some serious reason for debate about the recent Jamaica Under-20 football team that has left the island. The big question on everyone's mind is how it was possible that 17-year-old Shamar Nicholson could have been excluded from the squad.

The country has long been asking for a striker with some quality and talent. Shamar stands at approximately 5'11" and plays in the Red Stripe Premier League weekly. Before that, he was the leading goal scorer in the KSAFA Under-17, top-three leading goalscorer in KSAFA Under-20, and scored four goals in the RSPL, one In Flow KO, and two in the Jackie Bell KO.

Now with all that, how could this boy not be named in the Under-20 team?

While it is a pre-warm-up for the real qualifiers come January, doesn't the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) think that he would have wanted that level of exposure before the big dance? Then for the JFF to allege that he was nursing an injury, as an excuse for his non-inclusion, is total nonsense.

Last Wednesday night, one day after the Under-20 squad left, I saw him play in the Jackie Bell tournament against Arnett, where he was brilliant in scoring two beauties in a 4-2 win.

I am not saying this boy is a Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, but he has been working hard. Why deny him the opportunity of exposure and experience? Come on, JFF. It's unjust.