Malcolm Follows ‘Taxi’ With Overseas Move

Author: Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd

Kemal Malcolm has moved on loan to leading El Salvador club A.D. Chalatenango from Kingston’s Arnett Gardens FC.

The 31-year-old attacking midfielder follows fellow Jamaican international Kemar ‘Taxi’ Lawrence by making a move.

Malcolm, who won a pair of Jamaica National Premier League crowns with Arnett Gardens FC, was recalled to the international set-up for last November’s whistlestop tour to Saudi Arabia despite the island’s football being suspended since last March.

He was one of just five island-based players included in the 24-strong Reggae Boyz squad for the double-header of friendlies.

  

Malcolm was overlooked for the second game after the Boyz were torn apart 3-0 in the opener at Riyad. But he came close to slotting home in the opener. Just before the half-hour mark, when Lawrence threaded a throughball, he was only caught offside and was eventually replaced in the 78th-minute by Portmore United striker Chavany Willis.

Lawrence, involved in both games against Saudi Arabia, recently joined Belgian giants RSC Anderlecht for a transfer fee US$1.25m.

The full back, who kicked off his senior career with Kingston’s Harbour View FC, became the second defender this season to sign for Anderlecht from MLS outfit New York Red Bulls and joined Michael Amir Murillo in Brussels.

Lawrence scored twice in 62 appearances for Harbour View FC, before joining the Red Bulls in 2015, where he bagged five goals in 118 appearances.

The 27-year-old, nicknamed ‘Taxi’ and the son of the late international goalkeeper Orville ‘Tutus’ Edwards, is an integral player for the Boyz having notched three goals in 55 matches. 

Both players are expected to be in the plans of head coach Theodore Whitmore when Jamaica tackle their CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, scheduled to take place this year, with a real shot at making it to the lucrative and prestigious Qatar 2022 finals.

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