19 year old Boys’ Town FC striker Shamar Nicholson says he is humbled and honoured to be called up to a local camp for the Jamaica National team. Nicholson is presently the leading goal scorer in the league with 9 goals in 16 appearances. The former Jamaica U-20 player says he is hoping to secure a regular spot in the team.
“It is an absolute honour and privilege to be called up to a local camp with the national team. Not many players get this opportunity so I am delighted to get this chance and hopefully I can make a good impression, impress the coaching staff and hopefully be back in February for the international matches ahead vs USA and Honduras.”
The former Charlie Smith High School player was a member of Jamaica’s U-20 squad at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in 2015 which was hosted in Jamaica when he was 17 years of age. A year later in 2016, he scored 3 goals for Jamaica U-20 in 3 games in the CFU Qualifiers however Jamaica did not advance to the CFU Final round or advance to the 2017 edition of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
Nicholson who had a trial with Philadelphia Union in 2015 says he wants to make amends for lost chances at youth level.
“At youth levels for Jamaica, there has been some disappointment. However at senior level I feel I am now geared and ready to make a good name for my country. I have been working on my finishing and I believe that I can do well when given the opportunity. My goal is to make my debut this year. Once I do that, I work on my next goal.”
The last teenager to score at the senior level for Jamaica was Jorginho James and he was 17 when he scored in a 1-0 win over Cuba in a friendly international on February 22nd, 2012.