Bayer Leverkusen forward Leon Bailey will be representing Jamaica at the upcoming Concacaf Gold Cup.
Bailey announced via his Instagram on Wednesday that he will now be representing the Reggae Boyz internationally.
“I am elated after a long time and many struggles to be able to go home to represent my country of birth Jamaica, land we love,” Bailey wrote on IG.
“It has been a long difficult road, full of road blocks and challenges. I would like to thank my many supporters who stood up for us and supported my brother kyle and I, as we pioneered with our dad through Europe paving the way for others to get a chance and seeking to get Jamaica as a brand for football respected on this continent.”
“I will do my very best and I’m happy my father was able to work things through with the Jamaica Football Federation and the various sports organizations, including the Minister of Sport the Honouarable Babsy Grange and the President of the Olympic Association Christopher Samuda ; that will allow us both the opportunity to do our part in getting Jamaica to the World Cup and Olympics.”
“Thank you all and I promise to wear the colors black green and gold with honor, pride, and dignity while aiming to be a positive role model for kids with a dream. ??,” he continued.
In another post Leon Bailey said; “My Dream
As a boy I dreamt of one day wearing the national colors of my country Jamaica. My coach fed that dream every day. We worked diligently, sometimes in rain, snow and cold against all odds for that chance, that one chance that I could stand on the field with my countryman and represent our families, our brothers and sisters on the field of play and win. We never gave up believing in Jamaica. I am so happy to get the chance to make my country happy and fight for victory. I pledge my heart forever to serve with humble pride. This shining homeland…..”
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