THE REGGAE BOYZ. Rebels With A Cause

CaribZone Commentary: Aubrey Campbell –Wednesday, March 23th

Comrades, Laborites, Jamaicans, gentle folks all, lend an ear and some heart, as we grieve with the families that lost loved ones in yet another act of terror on humankind, on Tuesday, in Brussels, Belgium.

Hard to believe that such an evil, elaborate scheme went undetected by today’s advanced technology in crime fighting, relied on so much by law enforcement practitioners in big and bigger cities, worldwide! I have no doubt that New Yorkers are paying very careful attention to this latest, unfolding and unfortunate development by this globally, growing terror network!

I leave its genesis and metamorphosis to the political scientists, foreign policy strategists and conspiracy theorists! To God be their glory, always.

Today, Hump Day, is usually reserved for something entertaining, something sports, and so as not to get my executive editor come screaming at me at the top of his aging lungs, for fear it might trigger something cardiac, I will yield to his better judgment.

So, for today’s conversation starter, let’s go back to the office complex at the National Stadium, Kingston, Jamaica, where on Friday evening, the national men’s senior soccer team will host Costa Rica, in a soccer meeting that has very serious implications for the controversial 2018 Soccer Summit in Red Square, Russia.

The national federation – JFF- beset by resource constraints, is limping along, hardly focused on the prize ahead. They are stumbling along and even when the coaching staff does its best to name a team, you have to wonder who will show up and in what frame of mind.

Going into this Easter weekend meeting at home, in their own backyard, they are starting with a minus dividend, as their star striker, Giles Barnes of the MLS Houston Dynamo, has been ruled unfit to play due to a leg injury. Barnes and Darren Mattocks have proven themselves to be the heart of the team’s offense in recent times.

Jamaica simply cannot afford to be bullied and beaten in their own backyard. As is the tradition of Easter, they need to serve the Costa Ricans some HTB bun without the cheese. This is one golden opportunity for the Boyz to proudly wear the ‘shottaz’ label on their sleeves and burn the net with every shot!

To think that all of last week the place was abuzz with excitement, fuelled by every color, imaginable under the sun, black green, sky blue, navy blue, purple, white, orange, light blue, red, gold, maroon, beige, it would be sad, teary eyed, if the Boyz (men), fail to build on the ‘champs’ camaraderie left behind by the youngsters (students).

So powerful were the performances yet again, of our student athletes, that in lending his voice to the occasion, my brother (from a different mother) and colleague (by profession), left his (voice) there, as well, enshrined in the oval structure, until next year.

Our up and coming Olympians and World Champions did not disappoint, as a matter of fact, that word has long been removed from their vocabulary.

And last weekend, in Oregon, some of our senior campaigners used the occasion of the World Indoor Championship to gauge their preparedness on their journey to Samba-land, Rio de Janeiro, in the summer.

So, after the excitement and the welcomed pregnancy of last weekend, comes the day of decision and the near two hours of delivery. Jamaica, it’s all on you and it’s all up to you. Stand up!

Costa Rica lead the four-team Group B on maximum six points, followed by Panama and Jamaica on three points, with Haiti yet to garner a point.

Happy Easter wishes to you from us here at ‘The Zone’.

That’s today’s conversation. You have the last word. Share your thoughts.


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