Dwayne Richards is a skilful forward with a bag of tricks earning him the title of the new Walter 'Pearl' Boyd. This is not a simple accolade from local supporters who revere the Pearl, as Dwayne's spectacular displays have made him a firm crowd favourite. The diminutive forward combines this sublime skill and hard running with a propensity for the spectacular goal. He was a starter on the Jamaican Under-17 team throughout the Under-17 World Cup in New Zealand, and impressed TV analysts with his technical ability and skill. He also caught the eyes of the Newcastle United scouting team although no offer came to fruition. On the local scene, Boukie continued to impress in the KASAFA Major League, helping his club Shortwood United to the brink of promotion to the A-League. His spectacular strikes in the semi-finals caught the eye of then Technical Director Lazaroni, who drafted Boukie into the National Team and gave him several caps under his ill-fated 5-match stint in charge. Boukie is yet to score at senior international level, and although he has given creditable performances the young striker has fell down the pecking order with the return of Lowe, Boyd and Burton.
Unlike many of Jamaica's footballers, Dwayne did not participate in any School Boy competition although he attended two traditional footballing institutions, Calabar High School and St. Andrew Technical High School. He did, however, give an early indication to his footballing career scoring eighteen goals for Duhaney Park Primary School in the Corporate Area football competition. Due to his near superstar status many pundits express the view that the sooner Boukie leaves Jamaica and ply his craft in a professional league the better it will be for the player. Dwayne is one of the young footballers whose youth football was spent in the Simoes era, and if he remains focused and disciplined he could one day grace the World Cup Stage.
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