Jamaica international Dever Orgill (white jersey) will be the first Jamaican to capture the Finnish league title if his IFK Mariehamn side wins on October 23, 2016. (Photo courtesy of IFK Mariehamn)
MARIEHAMN, Finland – With 12 goals in 22 games, Jamaica international Dever Orgill has played a key role in putting IFK Mariehamn on the threshold of its first-ever Finnish title.
With a win over fifth-place Ilves on Sunday, table-topping Mariehamn will lift the championship trophy and earn a berth in the second qualifying round of next year’s UEFA Champions League.
“It has been a great season, not only for me but the team,” said Orgill. “We set out a goal at the start of the season to win the title and now we are on the verge. We can’t afford to sit back though because Ilves is pushing for Europa League football, so we need to give it one last push so we can be champions of the league.”
Orgill, who helped Mariehamn to the 2015 Finnish Cup crown with 11 goals in 6 games, relishes the opportunity to test himself against some of Europe’s best.
“I have played in the Europa League, I have played in the Copa America, but playing in the UEFA Champions League is a special privilege and honour,” the 26-year-old finished. “Only the winners of our league get to play in the Champions League, second place goes straight to Europa League, so this is a massive game over the weekend, but I am confident to deliver for my team.”
Goalkeeper Ryan Thompson (2011/12 with Ireland’s Shamrock Rovers) and Wes Morgan (2016/17 with England’s Leicester City) are the only Jamaicans ever to play in the UEFA Champions League.