Portmore players to miss national duty

August 15, 2018
Maalique Foster (centre) with his Portmore United teammates.
Reggae Boy Maalique Foster.
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The Reggae Boyz departed the country without four players originally named in the squad because they will instead represent Portmore United in the CONCACAF League first-leg quarter-final.

Jamaica is scheduled to play Grenada in an international friendly game on Friday at 7 p.m. (local time) at the Kirani James Athletic Stadium in St Georges.

The delegation will then travel to Barbados to play that nation on August 20.

Jamaica is using both games to prepare for the Nations League, where Jamaica will take on the Cayman Islands on September 9 at the National Stadium.

Portmore United national players Maalique Foster, Javon East, Ricardo Morris and Damano Solomon will depart with their club for Honduras for the game against FC Motagua on August 23.

Roy Simpson, manager of the Reggae Boyz, explained that the players will not make the trip to Grenada as originally planned.

"They (Portmore players) won't be travelling with the national team. The players were selected for the first game against Grenada alone and then would travel to represent Portmore United in the CONCACAF League. However, that has changed and the players are set to represent their club," Simpson told STAR Sports yesterday before the team's departure.

"For every squad that is named there are always other players on stand by. Absolutely, there will be other players coming in for the ones who will not make the trip. However, we won't release the names because of the short time," he added.

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