Jermaine “Teddy” Johnson, a former Reggae Boy, is making a steady recovery in hospital with serious injuries after being gunned down in a drive-by incident in Kingston on 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 early evening incident on Law Street and Foster Lane in Kingston Central. The area 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. His release from hospital will be evaluated on a daily basis as his recovery progresses.
Johnson recently posted on Instagram: “Sorry if I can’t reply to all the messages and well wishes at the moment. With God’s help I shall be strong again. Thanks much for the love from each and everyone.”
Police report that all three of those wounded, a man known only as “Fidel” and Tivoli Gardens netball player Nicole Henry were with Johnston, were sitting in a group when men in a car drove up at 5pm (local time) 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 since played over 50 matches for the Kingston outfit.
A fans favourite for the Boyz he bagged his first goal for Jamaica during their 4-1 friendly success at neighbouring Cayman Islands in 1999. Johnson went on to score a dozen goals in 73 international appearances, although being overlooked from November 2009 until being recalled in February 2013, meant that he failed to reach a century of games for the Boyz.
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