Arnett Gardens Renaldo Cephas on the ball (Photos: Dwayne Richards)
Reggae Boyz head coach Paul Hall admitted he was very impressed with Arnett Gardens starlet Renaldo Cephas.
The winger has improved by leaps and bounds this season and added goals to his game.
His brace against Tivoli Gardens in the West Kingston derby last Sunday propelled him to 10 goals and in contention for the Golden Boot as he now trails leader Daniel Green of Mount Pleasant FA by just two goals.
Asked about Cephas at the Nations League post-match press conference following a 3-1 win over Suriname, Hall said Cephas was unlucky not to make the squad for the moment.
“I actually had Cephas in camp and he’s very, very unlucky not to be called and it’s only because that number seven is only seven, because he would have been called because I had him and wanted to take him to Peru, which was my first game.
Hall says seven is the number of “development players” he has in his squad with 16 core players and that’s why Cephas is out at the moment.
However, he doesn’t rule out the possibility that the player will be drafted very soon.
“I had it in the under-23s locally. He’s a fantastic footballer. I want to play a certain brand of football and I want to give them back to their football clubs with a little advice for their coach on how to provide a pathway and he’s one of the players that I’m definitely going to target, because he is really good,” Hall said.
As for the other local players, there is hope to be called up and to be part of the national configuration, assured the head coach.
“There are a lot of local footballers who are good. I have the SportsMax app, I watch it as much as I can and when I’m here I’m always at the games watching the players. I have my little black notebook where these names are noted.
“If someone shows a spark that I think I can improve, then why don’t I invite them? Just to make that person better, because it makes them believe.
Arnett Gardens will take on Waterhouse, already crowned regular season champions, in their final regular season game today at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex and Cephas could ring the bell again for a chance to make the squad for the League of Nations.
The Nations League continues on Tuesday with Jamaica hosting Mexico at the National Stadium in their third game of the round.
HALL… I had Cephas in the camp and he’s very, very unlucky not to be called