Flemmings hopes for change of fortune
Livingston Scott, Gleaner Writer
With captain Javaun Waugh sidelined and top striker Michael Seaton ruled out for the remainder of the tournament, Jamaica College's former national under-17 captain, Junior Flemmings, has been promoted to the captaincy of the Under-20 Reggae Boyz.
He is seeking a change of fortune when the team tackles Panama in the CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship football match at the National Stadium tonight at 8 p.m.
"This is nothing new, I was born a leader. But from day one I have been telling the guys (teammates) that we have one captain, but there are 11 leaders on the pitch, so everyone has to look up to everyone and that way teamwork makes the dream work," Flemmings reasoned.
"I think this is our turning point to really turn things around and really do what we came to do, we just have to deliver," he said.
"We the players had a meeting and we seriously discussed what needs to be done and everyone agreed and is saying the same thing ... and tomorrow we hope to give a much better performance and get three points," he continued.
Panama lead the group with maximum six points after their two games, while the Jamaicans are five points adrift and second-from-bottom.
"Last year at this point in time I was captain of the Under-17 team and we were playing the hosts Panama. We were leading up to the 87th minute and got two red cards in that match and went down to nine players and they scored a goal in the last minute.
"They were favourites and their crowd was behind them, but we came out and told ourselves we were going for the three points and we actually got one from that game and that was a great achievement," he reminisced.
"Now they are in our country and things are the other way around, but we have to go out and play our best, deliver and hope for the best, as this really and truly should be the turning point for us," he reiterated.