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'Tuffy' Anderson speaks on exclusion from Reggae Boyz set-up

Published:Tuesday | June 4, 2013 | 4:38 PM

Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter

Despite demonstrations over his non-inclusion in the Reggae Boyz set-up for the ongoing 2014 World Cup campaign, Jermaine 'Tuffy' Anderson, intends to be the most vocal supporter of the Boyz in tonight's hexagonal-round match against Mexico inside the National Stadium.

"Even tonight mi nuh know if nobody a go cheer like mi," Anderson said. "Mi a go cheer fi dem (Reggae Boyz) same way; hard, hard, hard.

"It nuh matter if I am playing or not, mi want them fi win, because I would love to go World Cup too.

"So I just want them to do their best in every game.

Mi woulda really love fi dem gi wi a nice victory tonight, because a that alone can help wi," he said.

A small group of supporters from Waterhouse, Anderson's Red Stripe National Premier League club, demonstrated along Washington Boulevard earlier today before continuing on to the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) head office.

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A protest was also staged in Anderson's hometown of Granville, St James.

"I don't know what is going on; I am at my work and people been calling me," Anderson said.

"I have been at work from 7 a.m. this morning, but it is how the people feel and what they see happening, so I can't stop it.

Maybe they feel worse than me, but it is because I just hold my cool and easy, but the people feel upset wicked, wicked."

The 34-year-old striker has finished as the leading goalscorer in the country's top flight for the past two seasons.

He ended the just-concluded season with 21 goals to his credit.

"Mi know say mi can contribute to the programme, but it has been a hard fight for me," Anderson said.

"I am still keeping my head up and have a lot of hope no matter what.

"It is from a long time that I should have been in the programme doing a great job for the team, so mi just leave things and still hoping that when my time comes God just help me to do my best and just grab the opportunity."

Anderson had formed part of a second string Jamaica squad that got knocked out at the group stages of last December's Caribbean Cup, where he featured in two games, but failed to impress.

His supporters, however, feel that he should be given a chance to play with Jamaica's best players and that head coach, Theodore Whitmore, is excluding him due to personal reasons.

"It is just what the people are saying out in the streets, they really want to know what me and coach Whitmore have," Anderson reasoned.

"But we don't have nutten; wi good and when wi see each other wi hail each other same way."

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