Dream come true - Amal Knight treasures first international cap
The University of the West Indies Red Stripe Premier League captain and goalkeeper, Amal Knight, said that it was an emotional feeling when he took the field against World Cup bound Korea Republic in a friendly international in Turkey two weeks ago.
"It was an excellent feeling taking the pitch against Korea in Turkey for my first senior cap, a few tears fell from my eyes to represent my country," the 24-year-old who attends UWI told STAR Sports during the RSPL weekly press conference at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) offices in New Kingston yesterday.
"It was a dream come through for me to represent the country for the first time at the senior level. From a young age, I always wanted to wear the national colours. It is indeed an honour to get my first senior cap," Knight added.
"I also played at the Under-23 level and was called up for Under-20 in a training camp, but now it is a dream come through to get my first senior cap against Korea Republic, a team that is heading for the World Cup in June," he said.
"I played for the first 80 minutes of the game and that experience was good, and I must say it was my first time travelling to Europe. I have seen these pitches on TV and to be out there playing was tremendous," Knight shared.
"I saved a penalty in my first match, the warm-up against the club team (CS Gaz Metan Medias). Locally, I have been doing that, and now I have saved a penalty for Jamaica," he added.
"It boosted my confidence to be going up against footballers who play in Europe, and I am just a domestic player, and I did so well. It was a Korea team that did not have some of their top players, but they are World Cup bound and I feel ecstatic about the moment. I will continue to showcase my talent and be happy to do well for Jamaica," Knight concluded.