Former National Midfielder Ken ‘The Smooth’ Butcher has made a strong call for CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh’s striker Kerry Noray to be included in the National team as soon as possible.
Butcher, a former National Technical Director, is of the strong view that Noray deserves a chance just based on his performances for Jabloteh in the T&T Pro League this season.
Butcher told ttproleague.com, “Noray is quick, deceptive and hard working, he torments defenders and has great goal scoring ability.”
“When you look at the current national team, we don’t possess a striker of his nature, currently Stern John and Dwight Yorke are similar in style and someone like Noray will be a wonderful surprise package for Coach Beenhakker to have in his armory.”
Noray, just 24 years old has scored 5 goals this season in 7 appearances—and has impressed this season for San Juan Jabloteh.
The diminutive striker is one of the main reasons Jabloteh have bounced back after their stuttering start to the 2005 season.
Noray’s lone item in the Pro Bowl final against W Connection was critical as it helped Jabloteh claim their first national title since winning the league in 2003.
The National team is expected to gather on June 26th for a camp in Miami ahead of the 2005 Gold Cup and National Coach Leo Beenhakker is expected to finalize his squad for the tournament pretty soon.