Tivoli's Shaw eyes Reggae Boyz cap
Tivoli Gardens central midfielder Tevin Shaw is confident of making his debut for the Reggae Boyz in next Tuesday's friendly against South Korea in Turkey.
Shaw is among 14 local players named in a 20-man squad scheduled to depart the island this afternoon. He had travelled to Peru for a friendly against that country last June but was benched for the entire game.
Now, he has another opportunity to get his first cap for the Reggae Boyz.
"I feel overwhelmed. It is a great achievement to represent the country at any level. I am 21 and believe that I have a lot more to offer. I am really happy and working hard to play against South Korea."
Shaw praised his club coach, Omar Edwards, for helping his development on and off the field. Edwards coached Shaw from the Under-13 level to senior team at Boys' Town. Both coach and player left Boys' Town for neighbouring Tivoli in 2016.
"I think my qualities have revealed themselves in my games for my club, Tivoli Gardens. My coach at Tivoli is brilliant and like a father to me. He does not only coach me, he has taught me a lot about life, on a whole, and I would love to have more people like that around me," he said.
Shaw, who only had one goal last season, was selected to be part of local camps last year. He has been improving in his midfield role, scoring two goals in the Premier League this season.
The Tivoli Gardens standout is also eyeing a professional career overseas, saying his desires are not restricted to any particular country, ready to go wherever his talent might take him.
"I see myself overseas at the highest level, though I don't have a special place to go, as long as I am playing quality football with quality players," he said.
Edwards said that he is proud of Shaw's achievement so far.
"I am very proud of him. His hard work is paying off. In my opinion, he is one of the best central midfielders in the country," the coach said.
The majority of the local delegation will leave the island today at 1:30 p.m. and 2:52 p.m. The team plays a Romanian club, Csgaz Metan Medias, on January 27, and South Korea three days later in Turkey.