Twenty-three-year-old former Jamaica Under-20 and Under-23 representative, Romario Campbell, has been put on a special fitness programme by national head coach, Winfried Schäfer, after an impressive display in his debut for Waterhouse against Boys' Town in the Red Stripe Premier League on Sunday.
Schäfer was impressed by Campbell's "creativity, vision, an eye for the pass, scored a wonderful goal and showed a willingness to fight for his team, running back to tackle and defend when his team went a man down."
Following the game, Schäfer spoke with Campbell and invited him to a meeting at the Federation's office on Monday. Campbell was quizzed about his fitness and advised that with improved fitness he stood a chance of being a part of the Reggae Boyz squad for the country's upcoming World Cup qualifiers against the United States and Honduras on October 11 and 15. A training schedule was then set up, in consultation with Waterhouse Football Club, with fitness trainer Andre Waugh.
Campbell is the second player that the national coach has put on a fitness programme ahead of the country's next set of World Cup qualifiers, with his clubmate, Jermaine 'Tuffy' Anderson having been placed on a similar programme.
"We have to give the talent the opportunity to improve now, but the talent must also have the self-discipline and ambition to develop," Schäfer said of his decision to invite Campbell to the squad.
Campbell, he said, was not the only talented youngster that he has seen in the matches that he has watched locally, but in order for young players to get into the national squad they must have the right attitude.
Schäfer, who presided over the development of former Germany internationals Oliver Khan, Mehmet Scholl, Jens Novotny and others at Karlsruher Soccer Club, is working closely with the Jamaica Football Federation and local clubs to identify and develop young talent across the island.