A news report out of St Lucia has stated that five of that island’s young footballers have been selected to further their academic and athletic development at Jamaica College, based on their performances at the CONCACAF Under-20 tournament.
The report, published on the website of The Voice newspaper in St Lucia, indicated that the five national Under-20 players, who left the Eastern Caribbean island on Thursday (June 16), will pursue studies at the Old Hope Road-based secondary school – and many time Manning Cup champions – for a year in the first instance.
JC was defeated by Kingston College in the final for the most recent Manning Cup championship last January.
The St Lucia players named are Shaquan Nelson, Brandon Sandiford, Canius Sandiford, Dahmani Berthier, and Kenan McLawrence.
According to the report from The Voice, JC football coach Davion Ferguson said the school normally sources a maximum of 10 players from outside of Jamaica.
The selection of the St Lucia footballers came out of a discussion between Ferguson and St Lucia National Under-20 team coach Emmanuel Bellas, after which seven players were assessed.
The Voice reported that, while in Jamaica, the players will be provided with a full scholarship inclusive of free boarding and lodging and that the school will also cover their airfare expenses to come to Jamaica.