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September 20, 2013
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Young players have a chance - Schäfer

Romario Campbell - File

Young local footballers could soon have another hero to look up to if one of their own makes use of the opportunity offered.

Twenty-three-year-old former Jamaica Under-20 and Under-23 representative, Romario Campbell impressed national coach Winfried Schäfer with his performance for Waterhouse in his debut game on Sunday last. The former Harbour View player "showed creativity, vision, an eye for the pass, scored a wonderful goal and showed a willingness to fight for his team running back to tackle and defend when his team went a man down" against Boys' Town in Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) action.

Campbell, following a meeting with Schäfer, is now on a training schedule that was set up in consultation with Waterhouse Football Club, with fitness trainer Andre Waugh.

"We have to give the talent the opportunity to improve now, but the talent must also have the self-discipline and ambition to develop," Schafer said of his decision to invite Campbell to the squad.

talented youngster

Campbell he said was not the only talented youngster that he has seen in the matches that he has watched locally. He added that young players have a real chance of getting into the national squad, but they must have the right attitude.

"The young players should know that their time is coming but they have to work hard and be prepared. They have to operate like a professional, be inspired and self-motivated. They could learn from Tuffy's attitude and approach. He works hard at his day job and then goes to training and works just as hard. That is the kind of dedication that is needed.

"In my career I have seen many talent go down because of attitude. Good players work harder that the average players and they need to understand that," added Schäfer who presided over the development of former Germany internationals Oliver Khan, Mehmet Scholl, Jens Novotny and others at Karlsruher before selling them to Bayern Munich and other big clubs.

Scouring the island for talent such as Campbell, Schäfer said is a deliberate plan.

"Captain (Horace) Burrell and I have decided that we need to cooperate with all club coaches. In order to take football in Jamaica to a higher level, we need to develop talents and make use of international training methods. All national coaches profit from the work done by good coaches. With good coaches we have good coaching from which good players will come to the national squad. Players in the national squad improve by competing with the best talents available. When they return to their clubs, they will be better players and will continue to improve. That way the club and the country benefit," said Schäfer who plans to work out a system where the best players are called to a camp for a few days each month.

Schäfer said it was the coaches' job to improve players by individual training.

National coach Winfried Schäfer.

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