Confident Manchioneal star eyes Reggae Boyz spot
Manchioneal star striker Rondee Smith is confident that he will be selected for the national senior men's football team after being invited to the Jamaica Football Federation training camp for a second time.
Smith had a standout season in the Portland-Western Union Major League and scored 32 goals in all competitions.
He was given a chance to impress head coach Theodore Whitmore and his coaching staff.
"This is my second time getting a call-up to the national team. I was given a call-up last year under coach Winfried Schaefer., but did not make the team for a game against Costa Rica," Smith told STAR Sports yesterday on his way back home following the end of the week's camp in preparation for upcoming friendly games and tournaments.
"I believe I will be there, getting selected for the team. I never stopped believing. Now I have been given another opportunity. My focus is to play professionally in England or anywhere else," he stated confidently.
He said that coach Whitmore had been giving him advice and he was following instructions.
"The coach has spoken to me and giving encouragement. The players treat each other as a family," the 25-year-old former Happy Grove daCosta Cup star added.
His entire community is also supporting him.
"They have given me full support. I am also getting support from my mother and uncle Omar James, who is also my coach at Manchioneal," he concluded.
Manchioneal won the Major League Western Union end-of-round trophy and the Portland-Credit Union knockout title.