McAnuff delighted with role
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
At 33 years old, Jobi McAnuff is the oldest player in the current Reggae Boyz squad. But his outstanding performance in the CFU Men's Caribbean Cup would have one believe otherwise.
He is arguably the best Jamaican player on show, with his mazy dribbles and deft touches, coupled with a superb passing accuracy, easily turning him into the darling of the supporters and the fan's favourite.
The Jamaican playmaker is like a general in midfield, marshalling his troops in attack and at times taking up a good defensive position when under pressure.
He has played a part in the Reggae Boyz's six goals in three matches in group play, with his grit and determination also paying off handsomely for his team.
McAnuff, who plays in England for Leyton Orient in the third division, has an eye for flair, something local football fans adore about their footballers. He is making a ball of it and the experience of his first Caribbean Cup.
"It's been very enjoyable; my first time playing in the Caribbean Cup. It's a very important thing for the whole of Jamaica and I am happy to play my part, especially in the last two games," he said.
The Reggae Boyz ticked off impressive back-to-back wins over Antigua and Barbuda and Haiti on their way to this evening's final against arch-rivals Trinidad and Tobago.
McAnuff feels his contribution will continue to be impressive in the green, gold and black of the Jamaica team, hoping to contribute some more against the Soca Warriors.
"We have picked up wins in our last two matches and have looked better with each game to get us into the final. We are there to win. So we know we need to step up and know how important this is for the country."
McAnuff told The Gleaner that he has received lots of kudos from the supporters and that he has a great feeling about playing for Jamaica.
"It is just a great feeling from the crowd. It's a great feeling; and the support from the fans is just amazing. Of course, it's a little different from England, but it is still a nice bit of feeling knowing your country appreciates what you do on the field," he said.
"The end result must be that we win the Caribbean Cup, go to the Gold Cup in the United States and perform even better there is what, as a team, we are trying to do. And personally, as a member of this team, I want to win titles, too," he stated.