Make your mark - Fisher lauds Whitmore's approach, revels in MLS opportunities

August 21, 2018
New York Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence (foreground) is sent flying under a challenge from fellow Jamaican international defender Oniel Fisher of DC United during the first half of a MLS match in July in Washington.

Jamaican right back Oniel Fisher says head coach Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore's focus on local talent at this stage is not an issue and believes the island's footballers, who still ply their trade in Jamaica, deserve to get their opportunities to impress the coaching staff.

Fisher encouraged local-based players to make the most of their chances while stating that they have the full support of their countrymen based overseas.

"I don't think any of the (overseas) players are looking at it that we are not getting called up. It's just a matter of giving everyone a fair chance. It wasn't like this (before). (Back then) There were less local players getting called, so I don't have any problem with it and Tappa is running a good show," Fisher told STAR Sports.

"Whenever we (overseas players) get our call, we just need to go out and do a good job. Nobody is permanent (in national team), so when you get called, embrace it and try to make the best of it."

Fisher, who made the switch from Seattle Sounders to fellow MLS campaigners DC United in the off season, scored a wonder goal on the weekend - his first MLS career goal - and with improved playing time, the former St George's College star says he feels more at home and has grown in confidence.

"I have been doing exceptionally well, due to the fact that I am getting my opportunities to prove myself. Right now I am in a good place with football because I am getting my minutes and I'm playing well. This is my first MLS goal but I never got much opportunities (before). When in Seattle it was on and off, sometimes you play a game or two and then you don't play for a while.




"But once you play consecutively, you develop form and you get confident towards what you want to do. So the more games you play, it is better. Now I get more and more in the attack, so I am looking to score more goals and get assists. We want to push for the play-offs and get in that spot that gives us a chance to compete for the title; and personally, I want to keep doing what I'm doing, show that I deserve to be here and leave my mark," he reasoned.

Fisher, 26, is also hoping to add to his nine international caps and secure a consistent place in the national team.

"I am looking towards a call-up for the next camp, we will see what the boss (Whitmore) decides. Once I'm called, I always give 100 per cent and you can look for that from me. I will continue working hard for the best, and everything else I leave to God."

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