Cleo Clarke looking to bigger things

January 25, 2022
Garvey Maceo’s Cleo Clarke.
Garvey Maceo’s Cleo Clarke.

Garvey Maceo attacking midfielder Cleo Clarke says that winning the ISSA/WATA daCosta Cup has created several opportunities for him.

Clarke, who scored a brace against The Manning's School in the final last Friday, also plays for reigning Jamaica Premier League (JPL) champions Cavalier. However, he says the daCosta Cup win means more to him.

"JPL is the bigger one, but I would say the daCosta Cup means more to me because in the JPL, I don't play a lot of games,but in the JPL, a lot of people see me and reach out to me," Clarke told STAR Sports.

The 16-year-old, who said he has been a football enthusiast since age five, credits his father for encouraging his football dreams.

"This [d'Cup win] is my motivation to go higher and higher," he said. "I have next season and other seasons, so this is a great exposure for me to go into the Premier League."

Clarke, who hails from Canaan Heights, Clarendon, where national goalkeeper and captain Andre Blake grew up, cites the Reggae Boy as his role model.

"He's my biggest motivation, because every game I play he comes to me and says, 'Great game, build on that.'"

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