T&T int’l Boatswain joins Alajuelense

Jamille Boatswain (pictured) made his Trinidad & Tobago debut earlier this year. (Photo: CA-Images)

ALAJUELA, Costa Rica – Alajuelense announced Tuesday the signing of Trinidad & Tobago international Jamille Boatswain on a reported two-year contract.

The 23-year-old forward played most recently with TT Pro League side Defence Force, after starting his career with Point Fortin Civic Centre.

“I am happy as this is my first professional contract to play outside of Trinidad and Tobago,” said Boatswain. “Two to three years ago I began playing in the Pro League with ‘Civic’ and then Marvin Gordon brought me to Defence Force and I want to thank him for that. Then the national team pick came and now I am very grateful for this opportunity to play with Alajuelense in Costa Rica.”

Boatswain burst onto the international scene on March 10, 2017, when – on his international debut – he scored both goals in a 2-0 friendly win over visiting Barbados.

“Well, (head coach) Dennis Lawrence saw something in me and he gave me that chance which I think I grabbed openly in the game against Barbados and then he kept faith in me for the World Cup qualifiers,” Boatswain expressed. “I am thankful for that and I hope I can continue to improve so I can come back into the team and deliver and help us to have a good chance of qualifying (for the 2018 FIFA World Cup).”

Alajuelense – a 29-time Costa Rican league champion -- is competing in the inaugural CONCACAF League and will face Honduras’ Olimpia in a first-round series starting on August 3.