The Jamaica All-Schools football team left the island yesterday in hunt of their fourth straight title at the Caribbean American Soccer Association (CASA) Tournament in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, in the United States.
"We will be playing in the tournament for the fourth time and have won on the three previous occasions," George Forbes, the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) competitions officer and head of delegation, told The Gleaner.
He added: "The squad has not trained together, but some of the top players from the Manning Cup and daCosta Cup competitions have been selected for the tournament that ends next week."
Among the players selected are two of the top strikers in the recently concluded schoolboy competitions. They are Junior Flemmings of Manning Cup champions Jamaica College and Khesanio Hall of daCosta Cup winners St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS).
The full squad reads: Akheim Forbes (Munro College), Enrique Rochester (STETHS), Kevin Blackwood (Jamaica College), Romario Maxwell (St George's College), Hishrock Francis (Excelsior High), Hakeem Wilson (Glenmuir High), Romario Atkinson (Wolmer's Boys), Ramario Thompson (STETHS), Kemo Wallace (Wolmer's), Carl Campbell (STETHS), Cardel Benbow (St George's), Isamnia Cohen (Manchester High), Ramone Howell (JC), Steffan Logan (JC), Iishmale Currie (Garvey Maceo), Cardel Kennedy (Port Antonio High), Javon James (STETHS), Khesanio Hall (STETHS), Junior Flemmings (JC) and Ryan Scott (Garvey Maceo High).
The officials are: Dr Walton Small, ISSA president; George Forbes, head of delegation; Aston Messam, ISSA-Manning Cup football chairman; Patrick 'Jackie' Walters, technical leader; Omar Wedderburn, coach, and Miguel Coley, coach.
The team is set to return on December 18.