Reggae Boyz recall prolific Dever Orgill for El Salvador, Costa Rica matches

By March 19, 2019
Orgill comes into the Reggae Boyz squad after a two-year absence but has scored six goals in his last seven matches for Turkish side MKE Ankaragucu. Orgill comes into the Reggae Boyz squad after a two-year absence but has scored six goals in his last seven matches for Turkish side MKE Ankaragucu. Vaaju

Striker Dever Orgill is among 17 overseas-based players called to a 23-man Reggae Boyz squad for the Nations Cup match against El Salvador on March 23, and an international friendly against Costa Rica on March 26.

Jamoi Topey gets his debut call up to the senior team following standout performances for Jamaica’s U20 squad and for Bethlehem Steele.

The 29-year-old Orgill scored his sixth goal in seven matches in the Turkish Super League on Sunday as Ankaragücü went down 3-1 to Yeni Malatyaspor.

Team manager Roy Simpson said Orgill’s experience and goalscoring form were critical to his selection.

“Orgill has been prolific throughout his life. I remember him when he played at the U17 and U20 levels he was scoring goals for us. In fact, he was one of our leading goal scorers in those respective age groups,” said Simpson of the player who last played for Jamaica in 2016 against Panama.

“He has been doing well in Europe. Since he has been to Turkey he has scored a number of goals and we thought that looking to go down to El Salvador with his vast amount of experience and form, that Dever would come in and produce for us.”

Topey, who did well in the RSPL and now at Bethlehem Steel, Simpson said, is being given the opportunity to show his skills at the senior level and bolster the defensive side of things.

“We hope that he will come in and strengthen that area and learn the craft quickly on the international scene because that is what it is going to take for him to remain a contender. Come in quickly, learn the craft, play well.”

Junior Flemming, who last played for Jamaica when Jamaica were runners up to Martinique in 2017, also makes a return to the squad.

The 23-man squad us Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union), Cory Burke (Philadelphia Union), Amal Knight (UWI FC). Fabion McCarthy (UWI FC), Jaedine White (Humble Lion), Alvas Powell (FC Cincinnati), Darren Mattocks (FC Cincinnati), Damion Lowe (IK Start), Michael Hector (Sheffield Wednesday FC), Ladale Richie (Mount Pleasant FC), Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls), Shaun Francis (Louisville City FC), Devon Williams (Louisville City FC), JeVaughn Watson (Unattached), Kevon Lambert (Phoenix Rising FC),Junior Flemmings (Phoenix Rising FC), Javon East (Portmore United), Ricardo Morris (Portmore United), Dever Orgill (MKE Ankaragucu), Peter Vassell (Los Angeles FC), Brian Brown (Reno 1868 FC), Maalique Foster (Rio Grande Valley FC) and Jamoi Topey (Bethlehem Steel).

Simpson believes the squad to be well-rounded one.

“Seventeen players coming from out of North America and Europe and six local premier league players, every player understands how difficult it is to go down to El Salvador and get a victory but we are confident all players will come and play their part,” Simpson said.

“For though we have qualified for the Gold Cup we want to qualify for the League E of the Nations Cup, which will have us play the bigger and better teams in the confederation. So though its difficult playing, especially in El Salvador, we are confident we can go down and get the job done.”

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