The tale of ‘Tuffy’, the warehouse worker who turned Jamaican international

By Nathan Carr

Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson is labouring hard in a large warehouse where he works; pushing crates, moving pipes, keeping himself busy. Today the Red Stripe Premier League has paid a visit to the Jamaican to find out a bit more about his job and how he uses it to help him in football. “I take my work serious. I use this [job] as a jigsaw to keep my body in lift,” he says.

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The Reggae Boyz on the rise: 2014 isn’t a dream for Jamaica

It seems like an age since Jamaica last qualified for the World Cup. Their first and solitary appearance came in 1998 in France, with iconic defender Ian Goodison and dazzling midfielder Robbie Earle at the fulcrum of the side, which finished third in the group stage.

Now, though, Jamaica have another crack at qualifying. The team find themselves at the final stage of qualification and are so close they can almost taste it. Theodore Whitmore’s men currently operate last place in the group but they could turn it around with the upcoming qualifiers in early June.

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Produced in the Caribbean, crafted in Belgium: Hyland’s exploits give Trinidad and Tobago hope

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By Nathan Carr

“Hyland is a big part of the future of Trinidad and Tobago’s football,” says national team boss Jamaal Shabazz. Quite a statement to lunge on a fresh-faced 23-year-old; but a calculated one at that. There are big hopes for him.

Hyland has endured a fairly nomadic career. He started at former TT Pro League side San Juan Jabloteh, who had to withdraw from the nation’s top division last year after financial issues, where he tasted little success. Celtic, by all accounts rather surprisingly, then came knocking on the door in 2008 and he impressed in the trial only for Jabloteh to turn down a bid just under £500,000.

Interest did not fade out and next were Portsmouth, who were heavily linked but nothing materialised as Hyland was unable to get a work permit granted in time. It was difficult to work out where Hyland was going to end up, with considerable interest but no movement, but he came into luck. Belgian club Zulte Waregem recruited him and Hyland joined their development scheme before making the move permanent in 2009.

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