Hinds ready to lead Ja charge
Jamaica's Under-20 Reggae Boyz will go into the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) first-round qualifiers in the Dominica Republic from tomorrow through to the 19th full of confidence, and one of the key members of the Ricardo 'Bibi' Gardner-coached team is central defender Jahwani Hinds.
Hinds was a rock in defence and a leader on and off the pitch for the Under-17s last year, and now that the Wolmer's Boy has made the step up to the Under-20s, his defensive stability and his leadership qualities will be important.
He told The Gleaner before the team departed yesterday that they are prepared and he is ready to lead.
"Right now, my form is good because of the games we have played leading up to this tournament. The defence has not conceded many goals and I am expected to lead the charge from the back, being a senior player coming up from Under-17," he said.
"I think the team will put on a good showing in this round. The quality that we have here is very good. All we have to do is apply ourselves the right way and execute what we have learnt in training.
"We have been through some very good training, and we have two wonderful coaches who have provided us with the knowledge they have, so all we need to do is do our best."
The 18-year-old knows a good tournament can have a positive impact on their careers as young players and intends to bring his best game.
"With the aspiration to be a professional footballer, this is definitely a good stage to go out and do your best, both on and off the field, so scouts can see you as a person they would want in their team," he added.