The Star (Jamaica)

Gayle in race against time to select U-20 squad


With the Concacaf Under-20 Men’s Championsh­ip set to kick off in just over a month’s time, coach Marcel Gayle is in a race against time to put a team together and finalise his squad for the June 18-July 3 tournament.

Gayle, who was assigned to the post in March, has only had a few training camps with the young players, and with the competitio­n fast approachin­g, would like to have the players for a prolonged period in order to put the best team together.

However, due to the financial constraint­s of the federation, he is unable to put the team together as quickly as he would like.

“We have been together about three weeks. We have had a few camps, looking at players but we are still putting the pieces together.

“We were hoping that we could have a team at this juncture so we could start to really prepare the team and just focus on fine-tuning things that we need going into the tournament.

“But, hopefully, everything can fall into place in time before the start of the competitio­n,” he said. Gayle who is also the coach of Waterhouse FC, said he is still scouting for a centre forward and a defensive midfielder and will continue looking at both local and overseas-based players.

At last week’s camp, seven overseas players were invited and he disclosed that another set have been invited to the next camp.

Neverthele­ss, his hope is to have a final squad in the next two to three weeks.

“We are still short up front because we do not have a specialist number nine and we also want a number six. “There are a number of other players we are looking at who we think can help us but for now we are mainly looking for a number nine and a number six. “This is the highest level at this age group. We will be playing against semi profession­al and profession­al players. So, hopefully, we can get things together and get it right in a few weeks time,” Gayle said.

The under-20s will face Premier League outfit Arnett Gardens in a practice game today.

 ?? FILE ?? Coach Marcel Gayle
FILE Coach Marcel Gayle

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