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Jemison sets targets

Published:Wednesday | January 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMShayne Fairman

Outstanding Wolmer's Boys goalkeeper Shamar Jemison is hoping to successfully complete his ongoing trial with Florida Memorial University, while looking forward to a future with Jamaica's senior Reggae Boyz team.

The 19-year-old goalie's one-week trial began Monday. It will run to Saturday at the Florida-based institution in the United States. The team is coached by Edil Pavon.

Jemison's talent caught that coach's eyes at the 8th Annual Casa Youth Classic, held at Lauderhill Hill Sports Complex, in Florida, last December.

"I feel good in myself to be on trial, as I get to meet players from all over, like Brazil and Argentina," Jemison told The Gleaner.

The Jamaican will have to compete with 35 other possible recruits, noting he knows a few other Jamaicans at the Florida campus.

"It's always my first choice to be a professional goalkeeper, and after training every day, the coach tells me this is my team," an optimistic Jemison reasoned.

The player represented FLOW Super Cup champions and beaten Manning Cup finalists Wolmer's in 20 matches last season, keeping a sterling 18 clean sheets.




He was awarded the Dominic James MVP Award for his brilliant season.

"I would leave (Jamaica) if I got the offer from this college; I think it is the best choice," he pointed out.

Jemison is expecting to leave high school this Summer, noting also that he wants to earn a place in the national senior team. In spite of his professional ambitions, he is, however, keen to continue his education.

"I want the education and football, and then take it on from there. I trained with the national team, and it's a different feeling from schoolboy football, but I know I will be ready for it, once I get more time playing with the older guys, and just keep working harder," he added.