Jermaine “Teddy” Johnson, a former Reggae Boy, is in hospital with serious injuries after being gunned down in a drive-by incident in Kingston on Thursday (3 September).
The 40-year-old winger, back on the island with Tivoli Gardens where he kicked off his career, was one of a trio shot in the incident on Law Street and Foster Lane in Kingston Central in an area that is notorious for gangland activity.
The Kingston-born soccer star, who spent most of his career in England, was shot twice with bullets in his abdomen and back shortly after polls closed for the 2020 Jamaican general election. Police report that all three of those wounded, a man known only as “Fidel” and an unnamed woman, were sitting in a group when men in a car drove up and opened fire. Police have claimed that the drive-by attack was probably linked to an on-going gang feud in the area.
Johnson, who played a dozen times for Bolton Wanderers in the English Premier League also turned out for other English sides including Oldham Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday. He returned to Jamaica in 2015 to join Jamaica Red Stripe Premier club Tivoli Gardens, and has played over 50 matches for the Kingston outfit.
He scored his first goal for Jamaica during their 4-1 friendly success at neighbouring Cayman Islands in 1999, and went on to bag a dozen strikes in 73 international appearances although was overlooked from November 2009 until being recalled in February 2013.
The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) issued a statement, which read: “We would lke to wish former national player Jermaine “Teddy” Johnson a full and speedy recovery from his injuries.”
JFF president Michael Ricketts added: “It was indeed a big shock to hear of his ordeal, we hope he will recover fully and be able to continue his long and illustrious career in the game.”
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