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This moment will encourage me - James

Published:Friday | February 24, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Jorginho James ((second left) is hugged by family friend, Iris Barette, while his father, Thouzil (left) and mother, Mavis Francis (react), during post-match celebrations in the grandstand area at the National Stadium on Wednesday night. James, an 82nd-minute substitute, scored on debut to hand Jamaica a 1-0 win over Cuba. The teams meet in the second of a two-match series today at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Having marked his debut for the Reggae Boyz with a spectacular goal against Cuba, Kingston College's (KC) schoolboy Jorgihno James is hoping that his performance will kick-start his goal of cementing his place in the Jamaica senior football team.

The 17-year-old James, who netted nine goals for KC in last year's Manning Cup competition, entered the fray in the 82nd minute when he replaced overseas-based player Je-Vaughn Watson in midfield.

The powerfully built player, who looked very comfortable on the ball, soon sent the small stadium crowd into a frenzy when he volleyed home a right-sided cross by Ryan Johnson from inside the area in the 87th minute, to earn the Jamaicans only their eighth friendly victory over their closest neighbours.

"Before the game, I told myself that I needed to be in the squad not only for this game, but for the game against New Zealand and also for the World Cup qualifiers, and scoring the winning goal will certainly enhance my chances of achieving this goal," said James.

"This moment will encourage me a lot for the future because I am going to continue to work hard in training, as the sky is the limit for me," he said.

James, who plays centre forward for Harbour View in the youth leagues, began his career at theGordon Town All-Age School, before moving to Papine High, where he represented them in the Pepsi (Under-14) and Colts (Under-16) competitions.

He then moved to KC, where he has been developing his skills under head coach Trevor 'Jumpy' Harris for the past three years.

'Blacks', as he's affectionately called by his teammates and family members, was very overwhelmed by his goalscoring exploit on Wednesday night.

"Coming off the bench as a youngster and scoring the winning goal, it's just awesome for me and I am very happy," James admitted.

He added that has been adapting well with the rigours of the Reggae Boyz training methods and is also learning a lot from the senior players.

"It is not a very hard transition from high school football to playing for the national senior team because (I have been) listening to the coaches and the senior players and I have been learning a lot of new things from them," James stated.

Reggae Boyz head coach, Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore, also commended James on his performance.

"When I saw him for the first time he looked very confident and he does whatever he wants to do with the ball," said Whitmore.

"I think he is a very good player and I just hope that he can keep his head by remaining very focused and not getting too carried away," he stated.