THE EDITOR, Sir:
I was always impressed with Jermaine 'Tuffy' Anderson, our leading goalscorer for two consecutive Jamaican Premier League football seasons.
I am sure some amount of hard work and dedication to training must have been a contributory factor to his success .
Coupled with his new-found fame, I suspect he is now a strong role model for youngsters in his neighbourhood and beyond.
Yet this home-grown son of Jamaica, an awardee of numerous accolades and trophies for his outstanding ability for scoring goals on the football field, was completely ignored for a place on the bench of the Reggae Boyz.
The Jamaica Football Federation, the technical director, the coach, all found no practical use for the skills of Tuffy Anderson.
Not even the emotional pleas from the vast following of Tuffy's fans could persuade the men with all the power to give him a chance to display his skill the only way he knows how to.
This son of Jamaica is, indeed, special, because a lesser man would have shown bitterness from the uncaring treatment displayed towards him.
This son is special because he continued to support our national team from the stands, with no word of protest towards those who chose to keep him out of the national football programme.
This son is special, because when called on by Coach Winfried Schäfer to join the national team, he did so with humility and without fanfare.
This son is special because, given 22 closing minutes on the field of play, he scored Jamaica's only goal to draw the match with Costa Rica.
This son is special because he says all he knows how to do is to score goals!
So let us encourage this Tuff son of Jamaica, as the real work has just begun. We wish him continued success.