England-based forward skips Austria tournament to miss out on making his full international debut for Jamaica
Jevani Brown, who was recently called up for his debut with Jamaica, was a last-minute withdrawal for the Reggae Boyz who are currently tackling a four-team tournament in Austria.
There have been no firm details why the 27-year-old striker, who plies his trade in English League One with Exeter City, was no longer part of the 27-strong squad.
The Boyz saw their first match cancelled at the Austria Mini Football Tournament in Vienna. African giants Ghana were unable to tackle the Boyz last weekend because of visa delays.
Brown’s ability to score goals would have proved useful in yesterday’s 3-0 drubbing by Morocco, when temporary head coach Merron Gordon withdrew his two starting forwards in order to defend with aplomb.
The heavily-depleted Boyz face tournament organisers Qatar, who are preparing to host the FIFA World Cup (20 November-18 December), in the finale on Friday at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion.
Jamaica have been in the doldrums for some time, since their pitiful CONCACAF World Cup qualifying campaign. Although goals have been difficult to score, it is at the other end of the pitch they have been suffering. The Boyz are now on a 13-match run since they kept a clean sheet.
English-born Brown, who represented Jamaica five times at U17 level, spent most of his career rattling around the non-league scene before he turned professional five years ago.
He signed for Exeter City from Colchester United in June 2021, where his dozen goal assists and seven strikes helped earn promotion to League One. This term he has already found the back of the net three times.
Only a few hours after the Boyz were outclassed by managerless Morocco, Brown finished on the losing side in the League Cup at Gillingham. He successfully slotted home the first spot-kick of the shootout, but had to watch in dismay as the League Two strugglers progressed courtesy of a 6-5 success on penalties following their scoreless stalemate.
Brown will undoubtedly fall down the pecking order when the Boyz are back to full strength, behind players such as EPL aces Michail Antonio (West Ham United) and Bobby Decordova-Reid (Fulham). He will now have to play the waiting game to make his inaugural full international debut.
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