Bailey booked for Gold Cup appearance after agent Butler, JFF agree terms

By Sports Desk May 10, 2019
Jamaica international Leon Bailey. Jamaica international Leon Bailey.

Jamaica international Leon Bailey is expected to represent his nation at the upcoming CONCACAF Gold, as a protracted dispute with the national football governing body seems to have come to an end.

The 22-year-old Bailey had previously turned down numerous invitations to represent the Caribbean nation, the most recent coming in October of last year.  On that occasion Bailey had agreed to play against Bonaire but later refused after his brother Kyle was not invited to the squad.

According to both parties, however, the impasse seems to be at an end with the player potentially making his debut against the USA in an upcoming friendly international.

“Chris Samuda worked hard with some things and the minister has also given her support. We love our country and we want to play for our country,” Bailey’s agent and guardian Craig Butler said.

President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Michael Ricketts also confirmed that things have been smoothed over.

“Leon Bailey will be called because the coach and I have had discussions recently, and he will be invited both for the friendly in the U.S. and also for the Gold Cup tournament,” Ricketts said.

“I think that coach (Donovan) Duckie has interest for the brother (Kyle) for the Olympic squad because he did indicate to me that he has an interest in inviting him for the Olympic squad,” he added.

“We are looking forward to having them here, and we just hope that we will be able to put the past behind us and just restart the whole thing of just having him (Bailey) in the national set-up.”

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