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March 29
Jamaica slipped to fourth in the current CONCACAF World Cup qualifying standings as the Unites States and Costa Rica had impressive wins.The United States had a 2-1 win over Honduras in San Pedro Sula last night. Goals were from skipper Ernie Stewart and Clint Mathis They now have a maximum 6 points from two games. In the other game played last night in San Jose, Costa Rica defeated Trinidad and Tobago 3-0. Steven Bryce and substitute Paulo Wanchope (2) goals did the trick.

The next round of matches will see Jamaica hosting Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago hosting Mexico and the United States taking on Costa Rica, all on Wednesday, April 25.

Below are the current CONCACAF standing:

Team P W D L GF GA Pts
USA 2 2 0 0 4 1 6
Costa Rica 2 1 1 0 5 2


Mexico 2 1 0 1 4 2 3
Jamaica 2 1 0 1 1 4


Honduras 2 0 1 1 3 4


T&T 2 0 0 2 0 4 0

Mexico 4 Jamaica 0
March 25
Mexico soundly defeated Jamaica 4-0 in their World Cup CONCACAF final round qualifier in Mexico City today. Jamaica was lucky to survive a handball early in the game as Mexico pressed the early attack. The game was even for the first 10 minutes as both teams settled in. Mexico went ahead from a corner 15 minutes into the game as poor marking by the Jamaican defenders let the De Nigris head home pass Ricketts. Three minutes later Mexico got their second goal from a free kick that luckily deflected off De Nigris pass a flat footed Ricketts. Jamaica went on the attack and was almost reward in the 27 minute when a shot from Lowe was pushed by Sanchez for a corner. Lowe kept up the pressure and in the 31 minute evaded the last defender only to be brought down into the box for a penalty. Lowe hit the poorly taken penalty almost straight to the Mexican keeper who easily saved it. Jamaica continued to attack and in the 39 minute a splitting pass from Andy Williams found Burton who beat the last Mexican defender and hit a curling shot with his left foot just wide of the goal. Lowe again pushed forward as he took the ball from midfield and dribbled into the goal area and a took shot that the keeper again pushed for a corner. Three minutes later a shot from Marshall was parried over the the Mexican goal. The half ended 2-0 to Mexico.

Seven minutes into the second half, Ricketts was called upon to make a good save from a free kick. Both Gardner and Powell received yellow cards within minutes of each other. The Reggae Boyz started to show signs of fatigue and Clovis de Oliveira then substituted Ricardo Fuller for Deon Burton and Jermaine Johnson for Andy Williams. JAMAICA kept the pressure with two strong shots again coming from Lowe that were pushed outside for corners.In the 84th minute very poor defending from Marshall allowed Mexico to create an easy goal number three as Borgetti netted. Mexico struck again in the 87th minute when an exhausted Goodison could not contain Borgetti who put a header pass a stationary Ricketts for the final goal. Teams: Jamaica: 30-Donovan Ricketts; 3-Christopher Dawns (7-Barry Hayles 59), 4-Linval Dixon, 5-Ian Goodison, 14-Tyrone Marshall; 11-Theodore Whitmore, 20-Darryl Powell, 15-Ricardo Gardner, 9-Andrew Williams (12-Jermaine Johnson 73); 31-Onandi Lowe, 18-Deon Burton (10-Ricardo Fuller 73) Referee: Mauricio Navarro (Canada). Mexico: 24-Oswaldo Sanchez; 4-Rafael Marquez, 2-Claudio Suarez, 5-Duilio Davino, 13-Pavel Pardo; 14-German Villa, 20-Victor Ruiz, 6-Marco Antonio Ruiz, 19-Miguel Zepeda (10-Juan Pablo Rodriguez 76); 9-Antonio De Nigris (23-Jared Borgetti 67), 17-Francisco Palencia (11-Daniel Osorno 57) more in the forum

March 24
The Reggae Boyz arrived in Mexico City on Friday night to take on Mexico in the 120,000-capacity Azteca Stadium on Sunday in their second game of Concacaf's final round of World Cup qualifiers. They were met by hundreds of media personel and newspaper headlines with stories about the Boyz. The last time Jamaica played the Mexicans in Mexico, Jamaica were soundly whipped 6-0 by the then CONCACAF kings. Now Mexico with their backs against the wall, needs a win against a colorful and confident Reggae Boyz team. Jamaica got off to a perfect start to the final round beating Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 at the National Stadium, while Mexico fell to a 2-0 loss to the United States. The Boyz were scheduled to train at the Azteca on Saturday at noon (1:00pm E). Jamaica will go into Sunday's game at full strength, with the return of goalkeeper, Donovan Ricketts and striker Onandi Lowe. Also included in the squad are Under-20 players Shavar Thomas, Omar Daley and Woolery Wolfe. The full squad is: Donovan Ricketts, Leon Gordon (goalkeepers); Ian Goodison, Linval Dixon, Chris Dawes, Claude Davis, Tyrone Marshall, Shavar Thomas, Marco McDonald, Ricardo Gardner, Fabian Davis, Woolery Wolfe (defenders); Theodore Whitmore, Andy Williams, Jermaine Johnson, Omar Daley, Darryl Powell, Fabian Taylor (midfielders); Onandi Lowe, Ricardo Fuller, Barry Hayles, Deon Burton (forwards). The party also included Captain Horace Burrell, JFF president; Horace Reid, general secretary; Clovis de Oliveira, technical director; Carl Brown, assistant coach; Peter Cargill, assistant coach; David Watt, head of delegation; Dr Glenton Smith, team doctor; Glydiston Ananias, trainer; Paul Campbell, goalkeeper coach; Jose Camargo, masseur; Howard Bell, team manager; Ian Hylton, equipment manager and the Reverend Al Miller, team chaplin. more in the forum

March 19
Submitted by Tman in the forum
Here is what the Sun newspaper in England had to say about the Boyz over the weekend. Under the headline "Going for a Burton" Steven Howard wrote in part:"No one deserved the congratulatory hug of his coach as the team left the pitch more than Deon Burton. The Jamaican's pace and aggression gave the Liverpool defence - and the supporters behind it - a collective seizure in the first half. his goal was just reward for Derby's brave insistence on taking the game to Liverpool despite only one away win this season. But it was his hold-up play, his tackling and his pursuit of balls that had "lost cause" written all over them after the break as Liverpool turned the screw, that was just as laudable. Not far behind him in the midfield was his fellow countryman Darryl Powell who also had a good game. Derby 1 Liverpool 1 (Owen, who is hoping for a pick for England v Finland on Saturday.) the report on Gardner said: Sun star rating 8 out of 10. He was voted Sun star man of the game "Too hot to handle". Notts Forest o, Bolton 2. Bolton are holding on to second place in Division one and gunning for automative promotion to the Premiership next season. Goodison played for Hull (7 rating) but Tappa was on the bench. Hull now in promotion battle for Div 2 next season. Hayles played (7) for Fulham (Div 1 leaders) as they beat Palace 1-0. Ricardo Fuller came on as a sub v Fulham and got a six(6) rating. No news on Jamie Lawrence. Boyd was on the bench for Swansea. more in the forum

The Reggae Boyz squad and the Mexican Squad
March 19
Jamaica Squad named for Mexico Linval Dixon (Capt.) - Hazard United, Donavan Ricketts - Galaxy, Donavan Thomas - Joe Public, Leon Gordon - Harbour View, Shawn Sawyers - Hazard United, Fabian Davis - Arnett Gardens, Ian Goodison - Hull City, Marco McDonald - Tivoli Gardens, Ricardo Gardener - Bolton Wanderers, Tyrone Marshall - Miami Fusion, Shavar Thomas - Hazard United,Claude Davis - Hazard United, Wolry Wolfe - Hazard United, Daryll Powell - Derby County, Jermaine Johnson - Tivoli Gardens, Omar Daley - Hazard United, Theodore Whitmore - Hull City, Christopher Dawes - Galaxy, Andy Williams - Miami Fusion, Onandi Lowe - Port Vale, Ricardo Fuller - Crystal Palace, Deon Burton - Derby, County Fabian Taylor - Harbour View, Barry Hayles - Fulham

Mexico has named there 22 man squad for the reggaeboyz. Included are De Nigris who scored against Brazil and Sanchez who kept in the same game. The roster Goalkeepers: Jorge Campos, Oscar Perez, Oswaldo Sanchez Defenders: Joaquin Beltran, Alberto Macias, Salvador Carmona, Claudio Suarez, Rafael Marquez, Duilio Davino, Pavel Pardo Midfielders: Juan Pablo Rodriguez, Marco Antonio "Chima" Ruiz, German Villa, Alberto Coyote, Victor Ruiz, Braulio Luna, David Rangel Forwards: Antonio De Nigris, Jesus Arellano, Jared Borgetti, Francisco Palencia, Miguel Zepeda, Daniel Osorno. more in the forum

Onandi Lowe Update
March 19
Recent reports from Sports indicate that Onandi Lowe will not return to Port Vale. "Onandi stills intends to play in England, but he is prepared to wait until a better opportunity arises," Patricia Garel told Sports. It was also reported that Lowe's United States club, Rochester Rhinos, have asked Port Vale to release the player from his contract.

March 16
The players expected to be called for the Mexico Games are Donovan Ricketts, Leon Gordon and Hubert Busby in goal, Christopher Dawes , Ian Goodison, Linval Dixon, Tyrone Marshall, Shavar Thomas, Ricardo Gardner, Thoedore Whitmore, Andy Williams, Darryl Powell, Barry Hayles, Deon Burton, Jermain Johnson, Marco McDonald, William Wilson, Griffiths, Omar Daley, Wollery Wolf. It was reported that Walter Boyd, Craig Zadie and Gregory Simmons were also invited to camp. The players are expected in the Island by Monday for final preparation before they depart for Mexico on March 23rd .
more in the forum

March 16
Jamaica's National Under-17 squad were soundly beaten 4-0 by Canada in the final game of their friendly international series held at the Goshen Sports Club yesterday. Both teams previously played to a 1-1draw on Tuesday. The two are set to meet next month in a four-nation qualification series in the United States. In the day's curtain raiser goals from Aaron Jackson and Leon Maduro gave the Clarendon Under-20 a 2-0 win over their St. Elizabeth counterparts. Canada will end their tour with a game against St. Elizabeth at the New Town Centre in Black River on Friday.

Telemundo TV World Cup Qualifying - CONCACAF
Mexico vs Jamaica Kickoff 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific
Sun Mar 25 09:30AM Pacific
Sun Mar 25 10:30AM Mountain
Sun Mar 25 11:30AM Central
Sun Mar 25 12:30PM Eastern
Length: 3 hr LIVE

March 14
Ricardo Gardner is reported fit for this weekend's crucial trip to Nottingham Forest with Bolton. The Jamaican winger missed the League games with Fulham and Gillingham after suffering a concussion playing for The Reggae Boyz in the World Cup qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago.He was given the all-clear to make his return at the City Ground. more in the forum

Trinidad and Tobago international Russell Latapy says he will quit Scottish premier league club Hibernian at the end of the season. The 31-year-old midfielder will exercise his free agent status when his contract ends and is keen to play in the English Premier League. "I have had two fantastic years at Hibernian but I have to be realistic and they cannot pay the type of money on offer in England," said Latapy. "Hibernian wanted to keep me but we could not get close and I have never denied I would love to play in the English Premier League."

March 10
Coach Clovis de Oliveira has invited ten Under-20 players join the squad in training for Jamaica's next World Cup game against Mexico. All ten players were instrumental in Jamaica's qualification to the World Youth Championships. The Under-20 invitees are sweeper Shavar Thomas, midfielder Omar Daley, Thomas Daley, Shane Stevens, Kevon Harris, Fabian Dawkins, Fabian Blake, Sean Fraser, Christopher Nicholas, Craig Gordon and Wolry Wolfe. Other players called to camp starting Monday are Donovan Ricketts, Leon Gordon, Linval Dixon, Christopher Dawes, Fabian Davis, Marco McDonald, Shane Crawford, Claude Davis, Jermaine Johnson, William Wilson, Ray Graham and Fabian Taylor.

March 8
Former Reggae Boy Marcus Gayle has secured a 1 million pound move to Rangers. The Jamaican international will undergo a medical before joining the team, and he admitted that he was stil in shock but delighted to be with Rangers. Manager Dick Advocaat has started his rebuilding programme for next season and clearly sees Gayle as the perfect foil for 12 million pound man Tore Andre Flo."

March 6
Jamaica's Ricardo Gardner will miss the next two games after suffering severe concussion while playing for Jamaica. The injury forced him to sit out the 1-1 draw against First Division leaders Fulham and he is also likely to miss the trip to Blackburn tomorrow night along with Saturday's match as well. Wanderers will play Arsenal at Highbury if they overturn Rovers and Gillingham in the league if they don't. "We've been told by the Jamaican officials that Ricky lost consciousness during the match," says concerned Bolton chief Sam Allardyce. "If that's the case then he can't play for another two weeks." Gardner, who has been in superb form this season after recovering from a career threatening knee ligament injury, is due to see a neurologist today to checkhis condition. Following on from last week's international Sam Allardyce has accused the Jamaican FA of neglect after Gardner's eventual arrival back in the UK. Allardyce claimed Jamaican officials had shown "complete neglect" for the way they've acted over the incident.

March 6
Onandi Lowe returned to Jamaica and is trying to regain some weight and full fitness that he has lost while on duty Port Vale. Lowe was injured in a game just over a week ago in England, is still nursing the injured area and is doing some light running. Lowe and his club Port Vale, are trying to come to an agreement about the player's return to the club as soon as possible."

Jamaica's Under-20 footballers advanced to the World Cup after playing to a 0-0 draw with hosts Canada in Victoria, Canada. The top two teams from the group qualified for a place in final to be held in Argentina. Canada leads the group with seven points while Jamaica finished second with five. Mexico were third with four points while Honduras finished pointless. The Jamaican players were leaders in the individual category as captain and sweeper Shavar Thomas was named the most outstanding player of the tournament and Keith Kelly shared the goalscoring award. Jamaica made history by being the first English speaking Caribbean country to qualify for the U17,U20 and senior team World Cup finals. The National team qualified for France in 1998 while the Under-17s qualified for New Zealand in 1999.

Jamaica defeats T&T 1-0
A beautiful long range shot from Tyrone Marshall 15 minutes into the first half gave Jamaica a hard fought victory over Trinidad and Tobago in their World Cup qualifying clash at the National Stadium in Jamaica. Both teams had good scoring opportunities with Trinidad having the better of midfield in the first half. Marshall was called on to clear a shot off the goal line mid-way in the first half. Trinidad kept pressing towards the end of the first half but was unable to score on the strong Jamaican defenders. The second half saw more organized and attacking Reggae Boyz pressing to extend their lead. Both Williams and Burton had good chances but were not able to put them away. T&T looked more frustrated as the game progressed and started to use the long ball in an attemp to connect with their forwards. At times, the officiating was very questionable as the Trinidians came with some vicious tackles but the Jamaicans were never given the calls as the ref insisted to "play on". Ricardo Fuller was broght in for Hayles in order to keep the pressure on the Soca Boys. Jamaica kept T&T at bay and held on for the victory. Starting Team was Leon Gordon in goal, Christopher Dawes , Ian Goodison, Linval Dixon, Tyrone Marshall, Ricardo Gardner, Thoedore Whitmore, Andy Williams, Darryl Powell, Barry Hayles and Deon Burton.

Feb 26
Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts irritated his pelvic injury in a practice match against a St Catherine Invitational team in Spanish Town. Ricketts had replaced new keeper Hubert Busby in the second half and tried to kick out a ball but went down in obvious pain. On two occasions during his short time on the field his clearance went only few yards upfield. The Boyz won the game 3-1 with two goals coming from Wolde Harris, and an own goal, created by Tyrone Marshall. Chris Howell scored for the St Catherine team. more in the forum

Feb 22
Theodore "Tappa" Whitmore, is amoung 12 overseas-based players named to face Trinidad and Tobago in next Wednesday's World Cup qualifying clash at the National Stadium. Whitmore, who plays for Hull City in the English division three, has been receiving treatment since the traffic accident which claimed the life of teammate, Stephen "Shorty" Malcolm. Also in the squad are Fulham's striker, Barry Hayles, recently acquired goalkeeper, Hubert Busby Jr., Tyrone Marshall, Andy Williams, Wolde Harris of the US MLS, Ricardo Gardner, Ian Goodison of Hull City, Darryl Powell and Deon Burton of Derby County, Jamie Lawrence of Bradford and Ricardo Fuller of Crystal Palace. The overseas based players are scheduled to arrive in Jamaica on Sunday. more in the forum

The Jamaica vs Trinidad match on Wednesday Feb. 28, will be shown live on close circuit starting at 1:00 p.m. in Miami. Venue will be the Miami Convention Center, 400 S.E. 2nd Ave. For ticketing information call 305-377-2680. Tickets will be on sale for $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the gate. The live broadcast will be aired from Kingston Jamaica all across North America. The commentator will be Ed Barnes, more in the forum

Swansea City's reserve side had a 3-0 win over South Wales rivals Cardiff in the South West League at Ninian Park. Swansea's goals came from Martin Thomas', Steve Watkin and a header from Jamaican international Walter Boyd. more in the forum

Posted by JT in the forum
Position: Striker Date of Birth: 17.5.1972 Height: 5'10 Weight: 11.5 Birthplace: Lambeth Nickname: Bazza / Harry Previous clubs: Bristol Rovers Fulham debut: Chesterfield (home) 22.11.98 Biography: At 2 million, Barry Hayles was Fulham's second most expensive signing after a shock move from Bristol Rovers in November 1998. A latecomer to the professional game, Barry is Londoner who began his career at Conference side Stevenage. Initially playing as a full-back, Barry switched to attack after a successful up-front outing as a substitute saw him poach two goals for the Conference side in a friendly against Luton. A Player of the Season award, 36 goals, and a Conference League winners medal (League status was denied by an inadequate ground) helped Barry into the professional ranks as he made the journey west to join Bristol Rovers as recently as June 1997. His 26 goals in his first season helped Rovers secure a play-off place and established Barry as one of the best strikers in the second division. Barry has continued scoring goals at a higher level with Fulham.

Fuller Gets Short Term Deal
Feb 19
Striker Ricardo Fuller was offered a three-month contract with First Division club, Crystal Palace. The 21 year old Jamaican could make his debut on Tuesday against Barnsley. more in the forum

Latapy Gets Offer
Feb 19
Trinidad and Tobago captain Russell Latapy was offered a three-year deal with a lucrative package by English Premiership club Bradford City.

Harris scores for New England on tour
Feb 19
Jamaica's striker Wolde Harris scored for his club, New England Revolution as they beat Costa Rican club San Lorenzo 2-1 on Saturday. New England are on a three-week training tour in Costa Rica.

Williams extends stay at Birmingham City
Feb 18
Midfielder Williams will spend a third week on trial with the Birmingham City as the club continues to show interest in the player. Williams is also scheduled to travel to Nottingham Forest for a tryout with that team. more in the forum

Feb 18
Jamaica's Ricardo Fuller has finally departed from Charlton Athletic and is now on trial at Crystal Palace. Ricardo Fuller played in a reserve team game adding an assiat in Palace's 3-2 win . It was reported that Fuller played very well in the second half, showing backheels, dribbling skills and excellent passing, never losing the ball and holding onto it in tight spaces.

New Keeper For Jamaica
Feb 17

Jamaica called up goalkeeper Hubert Busby,Jnr, as an emergency replacement for Aaron Lawrence who will be out with a fracture and Donovan Ricketts who is nursing a groin injury. more in the forum

Gardener Strong in Boltons' 1 - 1 tie with Blackburn
Feb 17
Submitted by Andrea in the forum
Gardner played really well today, he is definately the bright spark in the Bolton team. He set up Michael Ricketts for the boltons only goal and the crowd seemed to expect something good to happen everytime he got the ball, which shows how much the Bolton fans love him and how important he is to the team. This is also echoed in the fact that the crowd don't seem to slam him for his mistakes and seem to forget them quicker than they do for any other player, not that he makes that many! .

Young Reggae Boyz win 2-0
Feb 13

Jamaica's Under-17 continued their bid for a spot in the finals of the U-17 World Cup when they defeated the Netherlands Antilles 2-0 in their second round qualifying game at the National Sports Center in Bermuda. Goals from Vivian Malcolm in the 36th minute and Richard West in the 80th minute helped Jamaica to maintain a winning record following a perfect first round held last November in Grenada. Jamaica will meet hosts Bermuda at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow.

Barry Hayles for Jamaica
Feb 13 Sports has reported that Fulham striker Barry Hayles will join the Reggae Boyz for the upcoming qualifer against Trinidad and Tobago. Hayles was recently invited to the team along with Crystal Place striker, Clinton Morrison and Queens' Park Rangers midfielder, Richard Langley. It was also reported that the Jamaica Football Federation is also seeking a goal keeper as both Aaron Lawrence (broken ankle) and Donovan Ricketts (sore groin) are on the injured list.

Game Prices
Prices for tickets to the World Cup qualifying games in Jamaica are as follows: Bleachers- Ja$700, Grandstand-Ja$1500 and Ja$3000 for VIP section.

Seba coach quits, Constant Spring and Tivoli Gardens fined
Seba's coach, William Moravek, has resigned because of disciplinary and financial problems according to the Observer. Bill Moravek is the fourth National Premier League coach to quit this season. In other news National Premier League teams, Constant Spring and Tivoli Gardens, were fined $30,000 by the Jamaica Football Federation after their spectators were involved roudy behavior a recent match in Constant Spring.

Lawrence out for six weeks
Jamaica's goalkeeper Aaron Lawrence will be out for at least six weeks after after fracturing a bone in the lower part of his left foot. He was injured while training with his Premier League team, Reno on Thursday. Jamaica plays their first game in the six-nation CONCACAF final round World Cup qualifiers at the National Stadium on Wednesday, February 28 . Lawrence's injury adds another blow to the team following the recent death of Stephen "Shorty" Malcolm and the news that top striker Onandi Lowe will miss the match because of a two-match suspension from FIFA. Backup keeper Donovan Ricketts is nursing a groin injury.

Feb 8
Crowds estimated to be about 30,000, said good-bye to national footballer, Stephen 'Shorty' Malcolm. Thousands of mourners gathered from early morning in their green and gold colors for the 1:00 pm funeral service at Jarrett Park. Malcolm's coffin was carried by Hector Wright, Andrew Edwards, Christopher McNish, Bryan Hill and Venton Evans to the field on which Malcolm had played so many times. Outside the venue vendors sold flags, t-shirts and anything in the national colors or relating to Malcolm. Tribute to the footballer was paid by Edward Seaga, Captain Horace Burrell, Gregory Messam, Warren Barrett , Portia Simpson Miller, the minister of tourism and sports, and by Reggae Boyz team chaplain, Rev Al Miller, who preached the sermon. Malcolm was remembered for his roles as a bread winner, brother, friend, teammate, and as a footballer that gave all of himself to his game. Stephen 'Shorty' Malcolm, a son of Jamaica, will be greatly missed by all.

Feb 7
Large crowds forced Madden's Funeral Home in Montego Bay, to extend the hours for the viewing of Stephen "Shorty" Malcolm, the Reggae Boyz player, who was recently killed in a car crash. Mourners started turning up at the funeral home on Union Street, well before the scheduled 10 a.m. start of the three-hour viewing period. The funeral home extended the viewing by two hours in respect to the late footballing hero. Malcolm's body was dressed in a black jacket and a black Reggae Boyz jersey with a Jamaican flag emblazoned on the front. His white casket was draped with thin strips of black, green and gold. Malcolm died of head injuries suffered in a car accident on Sunday, January 28 at Spring Hill, Trelawny just after playing for the national team in a friendly international against Bulgaria at the National Stadium. more the FORUM

Vale-4 Darlington-0
Feb 7
Jamaica's top striker, Onandi Lowe scored his first goal for Port Vale when he powered home a deadly header to give Vale a lead in the 26 minutes against Darlington. Vale went on to defeat Darlington 4-0. Lowe, Port Vale's recent acquisition got his first full start for the team when Stephen Brooker did not fully recover from a recent injury.The starting lineup for Port Vale: Goodlad , Carragher , Tankard , Walsh , Brammer , Cummins , Widdrington , Smith , Bridge-Wilk'son , Lowe , Naylor . more the FORUM

Feb 7
Four Jamaicans, Craig Ziadie, Oneil Peart and Gregory Simmonds and Cory Gibbs were drafted to play for the Major League Soccer (MLS) in the USA. Zadie is the son on the late football coach Dennis Ziadie,and will play for DC United. Oneil Peart will play for NY/New Jersey Metrostars and Gregory Simmonds and Gibbs for the Miami Fusion. Ziadie, a defender, played at the University of Richmond and was the 2000 Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year. Dennis, the former coach of St George's College, was killed in an accident in Mexico City in 1986 along with a Jamaica football coach, Jackie Bell while attending the World Cup finals. more the FORUM

JFF to take care of funeral expenses
The funeral of Steve Malcolm, who was killed in a car crash last Sunday night, is scheduled for next Wednesday in Montego Bay. JFF president, captain Horace Burrell, visited Malcolm's family and announced that he would try to get the funeral to be held at Jarrett Park, Montego Bay and also that the Jamaica Football Federation will take care of the funeral expenses.It was reported that Malcolm died on the spot, while another Reggae Boyz, Theodore Whitmore suffered injuries to his chest and is now recuperating, but is not serious. Whitmore was scheduled to return to his club, Hull City in England on Tuesday. Some current and former Reggae Boyz confirmed that they will attend the funeral including Robbie Earle, Deon Burton, Darryl Powell and Marcus Gayle.more the FORUM

Lowe out of T&T Game
Jamaica's striker Onandi Lowe picked up a two games ban, ruling him out of the February 28 World Cup qualifying game between Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Lowe received a red card in the semi-final game against Honduras after head-butting a player, Reanaldo Clavasquin, who had kicked him. According to the FIFA release, the Disciplinary Committee of the FIFA found both players sancionable under Chapter 111, section 2.3 of the FIFA procedure. Onandi Lowe is suspended for the next two matches of this competition. (The match, El Salvador vs. Jamaica on November counted as one of the two) and fined CHF 2000, payable within 30 days of receiving this notification. Lowe, was Jamaica's leading goalscorer in the semifinal round of the competition with four goals, will be available for Jamaica's second World Cup qualifying game against Mexico in March. more the FORUM

Under-20 football squad returns to camp
Jamaica's Under-20 football squad returned to the Players' Residence, 102 Shortwood Road, Kingston 8. The list of players include Allien Whittaker, Wolry Wolfe, Damion Crooks, Sheldon Battiste, Omar Daley, Omar Dallas, and Ryan Maxwell from Clarendon; Allan Reid, Shane Stephens, Kevin King, Sean Fraser, Kevon Harris, Chris Nicholas, Ryan Reid, Ezra Prendergast and Shavar Thomas, Dave Leung, Fabian Blake, Craig Gordon, Robert Haughton, Andrew Stewart, Garfield Edmondson, Fabian Dawkins, and Marion Fletcher. more the FORUM

Players returns from trials overseas
Sweeper Shavar Thomas returned to the island last Saturday night following his try out with English Division Two club, Reading.Thomas played one practice match against Barnett FC. Jermaine Johnson, who plays for Tivoli Gardens also returned home on the weekend after his trial stint with English premiership club, Ipswitch. Jermaine Hue of Harbour View, was on a one-week trial with the Columbus Crew of the US Major League Soccer, returned home on Monday.

Malcolm dead, Whitmore hospitalized
Jan 29
Radio reports late last evening states that Shorty Malcolm died in a fatal car accident at about 9:35pm . Theodore Whitmore is reported to be in serious condition. The accident happened at Spring Hill, just outside of Falmouth in Trelawny. Malcolm died on the spot, There were 4 people in the car believed to be driven by Whitmore just after a game with Bulgaria. Unconfirmed reports state that the car blew a rear tire, loss control, climbed an embankment and overturned. Malcolm made his debut for Jamaica in 1991 and has had 91 caps scoring four goals. . more the FORUM

Jamaica 0 vs Bulgaria 0
Jan 28
In an evenly contested game, the Reggae Boyz and Bulgaria played to a 0-0 draw at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday. Great goalkeeping from Jamaica's Aaron Lawrence kept Jamaican from falling behind from the quick counter attacking Bulgarians. A strong second half display by Jamaica, showing strong fight they played a tactical game and managed to keep a strong Bulgaria on the run. The Boyz penetrated a few times but was unable to score. One red card was issued to a Bulgaria player after a second yellow card for a rough challenge on Onandi Lowe. Coach Carl Brown said the "It was a good game and he was pleased with the performance of the Jamaican Team". Jamaica's starting line up:Aaron Lawrence,Chris Dawes,Tyrone Marshall,Ian Goodison,Linval Dixon,Bibi Gardner,Andy Williams,Deon Burton,Daryl Powell,William Wilson and Onandi Lowe more the FORUM

Jamaica Got A Fish and Fried It!
Jan. 27
Jamaica defeated a weak Bolivia team 3-0 at the Orange Bowl Stadium in Miami on Friday night. In a lopsided game, the Reggae Boyz had possession for about 80% of play. A goal in the 31st minute from Onandi Lowe gave the Boyz the half-time lead. In the second half Burton and Andy Williams seal the game for Jamaica as unimpressive Bolivia had very little chances to score. Jamaica put some good passes together on occasions but the overall game was of a low standard and at times boring. Outstanding players were Ricardo Gardner showing a very high workrate and Ricardo Fuller looking like he is getting back to his best form.
The crowd was estimated to be about 9,000, mostly Jamaicans in attendance.more the FORUM

Jan 14
Jamaica qualified for the final round of the CONCACAF Under-20 World Cup football after a goaless draw with Cuba at the National Stadium last night. Jamaica will travel to Vancouver, Canada, late next month for that tournament in which the winner will advance to the World Cup finals later this year in Argentina. In the opener, the Dominican Republic had a 2-0 win over Suriname.

BOYZ In The News
Jan 12

Reports from England indicates that Newcastle United may close a 1.5 million deal for 30-year-old Marcus Gayle. Gale's club, Wimbledon is said to be asking 3.5m for the Jamaica international but, because of his age and shortage of funds, Newcastle is unwilling to pay the asking price.
Another Jamaica Ricardo Bibi Gardner of Bolton Wanderers, is said to be the target of Premier side Manchester City. Nottingham Forest have offered to try out 23-year-old Jamaican international Andy Williams of the MLS Miami Fusions.Nottingham Forest recently signed Jamaican David Johnson. Another Jamaican Jermain Johnson is now set to depart for Premiership club Ipswich Town for a two week trial stint.

In form striker Onandi Lowe will take up duties with second division team Port Vale after his end-of-round Craven A Premier League final for Arnett Gardens. Lowe was eyed by a number of clubs recently but Port Vale has secured his services to help boost their goal scoring power. Lowe also turned down an offer to appear as a guest player for MLS LA Galaxy in the Champions Cup later this month, because of national duty. Youngster Shavar Thomas is also set to go to England for trial with an undisclosed club. more the FORUM

Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Under-20
Jan 11
JAMAICA moved to the top of the standings in the final leg of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Under-20 qualifying tournament when they soundly defeated Suriname 6-1 at the National Stadium. A very impressive looking Jamaica had goals from striker Christopher Nicholas who got a hat-trick, substitute Craig Gordon, who scored twice, and Khari Stephenson added the other. The result puts Jamaica and Cuba at the top of the standings with maximum six points, with Jamaica ahead on goal average (seven goals with one against). Jamaica now needs only a draw against Cuba to advance to the next round in Vancouver, Canada next month.

New Invitees for upcoming Jamaica friendlies
Jan 11
Technical director Clovis de Oliveira has invited Micah Hyde, Paul Williams & Michael Ricketts to the squad for the two friendly matches January 26 vs Bolivia & 28 Vs Bulgaria

Williams and Lowe Nominated for Award
Reggae Boyz Onandi Lowe and Andy Williams were both nominated for the prestigious Carreras Sportman of the year award.

Jamaica/Bolivia Game for Orange Bowl
The venue of the friendly international between Jamaica and Bolivia on January 26th, is to be played at the Orange Bowl in Miami, a shift from the earlier venue of the Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. The game is scheduled to start at 8:00pm.The highly anticipated return of young striker Ricardo Fuller, who is now in England playing with Charlton Athletic reserves is expected for the game. Read more the FORUM

Burton Scores for Derby
Reggae Boy Deon Burton scored in the 20th minute for Derby County as they defeated Everton 1-0 on Monday. Burton's goal came by way of took the lead when Stefano Eranio cleverly stepped over the ball leaving it to Burton who smartly clipped it over Thomas Myhre. Derby have now moved up three places clear of the bottom teams.Read more the FORUM

Brazilian Team Interested in Lowe and Dawes
Reggae Boyz striker Onandi Lowe and defender Christopher Dawes are the players that were reported to be on the list of former Technical director Rene Simoes for inclusion in his new club, Portuguesa FC. Lowe, who recently concluded trial stint with Premiership team Arsenal, is also said to have caught the interest of another Brazilian team, Botafogo and also the MLS club, Kansas City Wizard. Read more the FORUM


CONCACAF Final Round qualifying draw for the 2002 FIFA World Cup
The draw for the Final Round of Football Confederation qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Cup was held 19 November at the Westin Camino Real in Guatemala City. Teams will play each other twice, home and away, in a round-robin format. The first set Final Round games will be played on 27- 28 February 2001, with the final set to be played 10- 11 November 2001. All matches in both the ninth round (6-7 October 2001) and the tenth and final round must be played simultaneously. The schedule is still incomplete as the specific dates still have to be determined. Home teams listed first: Teams: 1 JAMAICA (JAM) 2 HONDURAS (HON) 3 TRINIDAD & TOBAGO (TRI) 4 MEXICO (MEX) 5 USA (USA) 6 GUATEMALA/COSTA RICA (GUA/CRC) MATCH 1 27-28 February 2001 (Tue/Wed) JAM v TRI, USA v MEX, GUA/CRC v HON. MATCH 2 24-28 March 2001 (Sat-Wed) HON v USA, MEX v JAM, GUA/CRC v TRI. MATCH 3 24-25 April 2001 (Tue/Wed) JAM v HON, TRI v MEX, USA v GUA/CRC. MATCH 4 16-17 June 2001 (Sat/Sun) JAM v USA, TRI v HON, MEX v GUA/CRC. MATCH 5 19-20 June 2001 (Tue/Wed) HON v MEX, USA v TRI, GUA/CRC v JAM. MATCH 6 30 June 4 July 2001 (Sat-Wed) HON v GUA/CRC, TRI v JAM, MEX v USA, MATCH 7 1-2 September 2001 (Sat/Sun) JAM v MEX, TRI v GUA/CRC, USA v HON. MATCH 8 4-5 September 2001 (Tue/Wed) HON v JAM, MEX v TRI, GUA/CRC v USA. MATCH 9 6-7 October 2001 (Sat/Sun) HON v TRI, USA v JAM, GUA/CRC v MEX. MATCH 10 10-11 November 2001 (Sat/Sun) JAM v GUA/CRC, TRI v USA, MEX v HON.
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