FIVE OVERSEAS-BASED players have been included in an under-17 Reggae Boyz squad invited to a camp at the UWI-JFF Captain Burrell Centre of Excellence on Monday.
The under-17s begin preparation for the Concacaf U17 Championship, set to take place in Guatemala from February 11-26, 2023.
Another eight have been invited to be properly assessed next week.
The preliminary list includes 27 players, however, players will be rotated in and out until a final squad is selected in January, after which they will be housed continuously leading into the tournament.
On this leg of the camp, the overseas-based players are Kemuel Kpakpo, Nyle Waugh, Amir Dawkin, Malachi Molina, and Logan Hall.
The Jamaicans will compete in Group G with Costa Rica, Cuba, and Guadeloupe. The top three from each of the four groups will advance to the knockout stage, joining the four qualifying stage group winners in Bermuda, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico.
The Round-of-16 matches will take place on February 18 and 19 and will be played in a single match direct elimination format.
The four semi-finalists will qualify for the FIFA U17 World Cup in Peru next year.
The young Reggae Boyz will be based at the Estadio Nacional Doroteo Guamuch Flores in Guatemala City for the first round.
The players called for the first camp on Monday are Leighton Murray, Tawayne Lynch, Garfield Tomlinson, Tyreek McKenley, Oneil Headley, Carlton Brown, Javin Williams, Ahir Dixon, Rajae Taylor, Alexavier Gooden, Dante Peralto, Ronaldo Hitchman, Malachi Molina, Jason Whyte, Ronaldo Barrett, Logan Hall, Malik Robinson, Amir Dawkins, Jahmani Bell, Dyllan John, Dunsting Cohen, Denzil McKenzie, Demario Bailey, Orane Watson, Nasado Gibbs, Nyle Waugh, Dax Ziadie, and Kemuel Kpakpo.
The team will be coached by Merron Gordon, and he will be assisted by Vassell Reynolds.
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