The nation's top young players are being challenged to improve their approach to the game if they are to make it in the professional leagues across the world. Former Reggae Boy Tyrone Marshall who is the assistant coach of Real Salt Lake in the United States Major League Soccer (MLS) was less than impressed with the attitude of some of the Jamaican players in last week's MLS Combine in the United States.
Speaking on Hitz 92 FM’s Sports Machine on Saturday, Marshall singled out Arnett Gardens defender Oneil Anderson, who after leaving Jamaica a day later than scheduled due to issues putting together his air fare, was also late for practice sessions.
“In the club setting they need to be organized better, they need to be taught better, they need to be given more responsibilities to show up on time, be ready to go. The first thing I said to them was make sure you are on time; if the training is at 4 o’clock be there at four or 3:30,” said the former Jamaican international.
Marshall who played 83 times for the Reggae Boyz, scoring five times, also believes the local premiership should help the players to mature by giving them more responsibility. He singled out Portmore United’s Malique Foster from the three Jamaicans who participated in the Combine.
“Of the players we had I thought the one that stood out for me was Malique Foster; he was above all the other players,” said Marshall.