Internationals | Anderson makes Jamaica debut


Friday was a day to remember for academy graduate Karoy Anderson, who made his Jamaica debut against Grenada.

The 19-year-old was introduced as a half-time substitute as the Reggae Boyz earned a 4-1 victory against Grenada, with Charlton teammate Michael Hector playing the full 90 minutes.


The duo also featured in Jamaica’s 3-2 win over Haiti in the early hours of Monday morning, coming on as second-half substitutes as Heimir Hallgrímsson’s men extended their unbeaten CONCACAF Nations League run to 14 games.

Reflecting on his first senior call-up, Anderson told the Jamaica Football Federation: “This camp's been everything that I expected; it was tough but obviously it was good to get two wins and six points.

“It’s been a great experience and I still haven’t taken it in fully. Looking back at it, even after the games sitting in the changing room, it’s just unbelievable. It’s been a joy and an honour to be here - it’s one of the biggest achievements you can have to play for your country.

“I called my mum after I made my debut and she was ecstatic,” he beamed. “There aren’t many words to describe her reaction, but it was good!”

Elsewhere in the CONCACAF Nations League, Terell Thomas captained Saint Lucia to a 2-1 triumph against Guadeloupe on Friday, but Guadeloupe ran out 2-0 victors in the reverse fixture just two days later thanks to an Ange-Freddy Plumain brace.

That means Thomas’ side sit second in Group A going into the final two fixtures in November, beneath Guadeloupe on goal difference.

Meanwhile, James Abankwah was an unused substitute in Ireland U21s’ 2-1 success against Latvia on Friday. Jim Crawford’s men sit top of Group A having enjoyed a 100% start to their U21 UEFA European qualifying campaign.

(Photos: Jamaica Football Federation)

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