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Agent: Nicholson dealing with personal matter

Published:Saturday | January 15, 2022 | 12:10 AMLivingston Scott/Gleaner Writer
Shamar Nicholson
Shamar Nicholson

Kevin Cowan, the agent for national forward Shamar Nicholson, says the player has turned down the Jamaica Football Federation’s (JFF) invitation for the country’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers because of a “complicated personal matter”. In an exclusive report yesterday, The Gleaner revealed that Nicholson and Kaheem Parris, who is also a client of Cowan, had pulled out of national call-ups. Parris has turned down the JFF’s invitation to represent the country in a friendly international against Peru on January 20. “Shamar asked to be excused because of a complicated personal matter. It’s okay for people to speculate as to why, but Shamar is a really professional guy and throughout his tenure with the national team, he has shown tremendous commitment and remains fully committed to his country, “ Cowan told The Gleaner yesterday.

Nicholson, who recently left Belgian club Charleroi for Russian Premier League club Spartak Moscow, is Jamaica’s joint top scorer in World Cup qualifiers with Mikhail Antonio. Both players have scored two goals.

Parris, Cowan said, is forced to miss the Peru friendly because he recently contracted COVID-19.

Parris, who was in Jamaica for the Christmas holidays, tested positive for COVID-19 on his return to Slovenia last week and was isolated, the agent said.

“He returned a negative test a few days ago, but has only resumed individual training with his club, FC Koper,” Cowan pointed out.

He added also that they were making efforts to get the player fully vaccinated.

“There are some small details that we’re working on in order for him to become fully vaccinated. But Kaheem has been ruled out due to COVID-19-related issues,” he said.

“At this time, I do not necessarily believe there was any bad intent (from either player). However, I just wanted to add some context,” he told The Gleaner.

Parris, who has been in great form for FC Koper in Slovenia, scoring five goals in 14 matches, would have given new Reggae Boyz coach Paul Hall an opportunity to see him in action first-hand. He has already made four appearances for the Reggae Boyz.