Reg­gae Boy Burke wants to be the man

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Liv­ingston Scott Gleaner Writer liv­ingston.scott@glean­erjm.com

West In­dies play­ers and tech­ni­cal staff gather in a hud­dle dur­ing yes­ter­day’s train­ing ses­sion at the Coun­try Club Cricket Ground in Harare, Zim­babwe. AF­TER NET­TING his sec­ond goal in three games for the Reg­gae Boyz, for­mer Rivoli United front­man Cory Burke says he is ready to carry the man­tle as the coun­try’s main goal-get­ter from now on.

Burke, net­ted the all-im­por­tant goal in Ja­maica’s Caribbean Foot­ball Union Caribbean Cup-qual­i­fy­ing match against Suri­name at the National Stadium and the 24year-old told The Gleaner that the con­fi­dence placed in him by the coach­ing staff is push­ing him on in what has been an im­pres­sive start to his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer.

“I have played three games for my coun­try and I have scored two goals. That is a good record so far,” Burke noted. “The coach­ing staff is looking to me to be that player, to be the goalscorer for the coun­try, and it’s a great op­por­tu­nity to get the chance to be that player.

“Once I put in the work, things will come easy,” he added.

THREE-PRONGED AT­TACK

Against Suri­name, ‘Buju’, as he is com­monly called, played in the mid­dle of a three-pronged at­tack with Owayne Gor­don on the right and Dino Wil­liams on the left. The lanky striker did well to hold up the ball and bring his fel­low at­tack­ers into the play.

His mo­ment came early in the first half when he checked his run be­fore latch­ing on to a pass from Wil­liams to steer home a low cross for the only goal of the game.

A minute later, he had an­other great chance to score but he chose to pass to Dino Wil­liams, who over-hit his ef­fort.

Burke, is cur­rently signed to United Soc­cer League team Beth­le­hem Steels (an af­fil­i­ate of MLS club Philadel­phia Union), and he is eye­ing his

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chance to play in the MLS and ex­pects his goal on Sun­day to put him closer to mak­ing the step up in di­vi­sion.

“This (goal) will be a big chance for me to get into the MLS. Be­ing a part of the national first team, my agent is al­ways telling that when­ever I get a chance to play in the national team I should al­ways try to score a goal or two, so it’s a big op­por­tu­nity for me be­ing in the first team and scor­ing, it means a lot,” he said

Burke thought he could have done more in the game but was pleased with his con­tri­bu­tion nonethe­less.

“We ex­pected to win, maybe by more goals, but we went down to 10 men, and af­ter that, it was go­ing to be dif­fi­cult ... . But it is the three points that mat­ter. I be­lieve I could have done bet­ter, but I got the go-ahead goal, and that goal helped us to win the game, so I am pleased about that,” Burke closed.

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