During a candid interview, Reggae Boy Leon Bailey discussed the overwhelming pressure he and the Reggae Boyz have been receiving from many Jamaican supporters.
In their first of two matches against Canada in the CONCACAF Nations League, the Reggae Boyz suffered a 2-1 loss at the National Stadium. But the Boyz later rebounded during their away game in Canada, defeating the Canadians 3-2. Following the match, Bailey sat down for a seemingly impromptu interview with Ryan LFC of Elite Sports TV for a frank discussion on the negativity he and other members of the national team often receive from the Jamaican media and fans.
Bailey said while he understood the expectations of fans, the team’s performance should not be compared to that of top-ranking teams such as Argentina or Brazil, though it is their goal to get to that level. Bailey explained that such success could not be attained overnight, particularly because of the many hurdles faced by the team during their training camp, including insufficient equipment and inadequate football pitches.
During the interview, Bailey described the Reggae Boyz’ win against Canada as a step in the right direction, especially for a small nation like Jamaica. He went on to share celebratory photos from their match on his Instagram page.
Bailey expressed that the team would experience various highs and lows during their journey and highlighted that he had been through the worst to get where he is and continues to struggle.
Bailey added that fan criticism was normal, but critics of the team should also show them their love and support. Speaking on how he handles the negativity, the Aston Villa winger said that while some people may not be able to handle the pressure, he has been facing opposition since childhood. He went on to highlight that he continues to show up and deliver for the national team regardless of the pushback.
“A bet seh nuff a dem neva know diss. I’ve only lost three official games since mi a represent Jamaica from 2019 [ … ] Three game, check di stats. When mi de pan di field, three game. How much people can seh dat?” Bailey Stated.
Watch the interview below.