Boyz call-up not my focus, says 'Teddy'

March 11, 2017
Johnson (right) during a Reggae Boyz game against the United States in 2013.
Jermaine Johnson (left) from Tivoli Gardens holds off Jamalco's Ajuran Brown during a Red Stripe Premier League football match at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex on Thursday. Tivoli Gardens defeated Jamalco 2-0.


Former Reggae Boy midfielder Jermaine 'Teddy' Johnson who is lighting up the Red Stripe Premier League with his goals for Tivoli Gardens is not focussed on a return to the national senior team.

His desire is to guide the West Kingston-based club to the national club title.

"To be honest, getting back in the Reggae Boyz squad is not on my mind, but if I get the call, I will not turn my back on the country. It is always an honour to represent Jamaica," Johnson told STAR Sports after he guided Tivoli to a 2-0 win against Jamalco last Thursday at the Edward Seaga Complex.

Johnson scored a first half penalty to move his tally to a league leading 13 goals.

"My aim is to help Tivoli win silverware this season. We struggled last season, so the goal is to win things. I want to leave on a high," the 36-year-old said.


Look safe


With their 15th win of the season, Tivoli moved to 48 points in third position and look safe for a spot in the top six qualification round.

"It was good to get a win as the vibes is still high in the camp. The fans are behind the team. We will take it one step at a time. Our next game is against Maverley-Hughenden on Sunday, so we will prepare for that," he also added.

Johnson started his career with Tivoli Gardens in 1999 and spent eight seasons. He then gained a professional contract in England where he played for Bolton Wanderers, Oldham Athletic, Bradford City and Sheffield Wednesday. Johnson returned to Tivoli in 2015.

He won 75 caps with the Jamaica national senior men's team and scored nine times.

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