Jamar Loza

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Jamar Loza
Personal information
Full name Jamar Kasheef Loza[1]
Date of birth (1994-05-10) 10 May 1994 (age 23)
Place of birth Kingston, Jamaica
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Maidstone United
Number 25
Youth career
2009–2013 Norwich City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2016 Norwich City 3 (1)
2013 Coventry City (loan) 1 (0)
2014 Leyton Orient (loan) 3 (0)
2014 Southend United (loan) 7 (1)
2015 Yeovil Town (loan) 5 (0)
2015 Stevenage (loan) 1 (0)
2016 Southend United (loan) 10 (0)
2016– Maidstone United 24 (9)
National team
2015 Jamaica U23 1 (1)
2014– Jamaica 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 March 2017 (UTC).

Jamar Kasheef Loza (born 10 May 1994) is a Jamaica international footballer who plays as a forward; he was released by Norwich City in June 2016. He won four caps for Jamaica in 2014. On 20 October 2016, it was announced he had signed for Maidstone United.

He began his career at Norwich City, and made his league debut on loan at Coventry City in November 2013. He also had further loan spells at Leyton Orient and Southend United, before making his Premier League debut for Norwich on the last day of the 2013–14 season. He was loaned out to Yeovil Town in January 2015, Stevenage in October 2015, and Southend United in January 2016, before he was released by Norwich in June 2016.

Club career[edit]

Norwich City and loans[edit]

Jamar Kasheef Loza was born in Arnett Gardens in Kingston, Jamaica on 10 May 1994, and moved to the United Kingdom as a child.[2] He began his career at Norwich City after coming through the youth team to win a professional contract. On 25 October 2013, he joined League One side Coventry City on a 28-day youth loan; "Sky Blues" manager Steven Pressley said that "Jamar is very quick but he's also very direct and very strong and he's the kind of player that would fit well into our system".[3] He made his debut in the Football League on 2 November, in a 3–0 win over Notts County at Sixfields Stadium, coming on as an 81st-minute substitute for Callum Wilson.[4] The Coventry Telegraph reported that Pressley planned to speak to Norwich manager Chris Hughton about extending the loan deal, though Loza ended up returning to his parent club at the end of the original 28 days.[5] On 6 January 2014, he returned to League One on a 28-day loan at Leyton Orient.[6] He made his debut for the "O's" the following day, and provided an assist for Moses Odubajo to score Orient's first goal in a 2–0 victory win over Shrewsbury Town at the New Meadow.[7] Manager Russell Slade opted to extend the loan into a second month.[8]

On 21 March 2014, Loza joined League Two side Southend United on a one-month loan.[9] He made his debut against Oxford United on 24 March, in which he set up the first goal, won a penalty for the second, and then scored what manager Phil Brown described as a "great goal" to complete a 3–0 victory.[10] He made his first team debut for Norwich as a 58th-minute substitute for Alexander Tettey in a 2–0 defeat to Arsenal at Carrow Road on 11 May; the defeat confirmed Norwich's relegation from the Premier League.[11] In total he played 12 games in the 2013–14 season, appearing seven times for Southend, three times for Leyton Orient, and once each for Coventry and Norwich.[12]

He signed a two-year extension to his contract, with the option of a further year, in June 2014.[13] On 14 January 2015, Loza joined League One side Yeovil Town on a one-month loan.[14] He featured in five games for Gary Johnson's "Glovers". He came off the bench for Norwich in the Championship on 17 March against Huddersfield Town at the Galpharm Stadium, and scored his first goal for the club eight minutes into injury time to secure a 2–2 draw.[15] He played ten games in the 2014–15 season, five each for Norwich and Yeovil.[16]

Loza joined Teddy Sheringham's League Two Stevenage on a one-month emergency loan on 1 October 2015.[17] He returned to Norwich after two games for the "Boro", and scored five goals for the under-21s against Southampton under-21s, but manager Alex Neil admitted that the club's promotion to the Premier League reduced the chances for young players to earn first team opportunities.[18] He returned to Southend United, now in League One, on loan for the rest of the 2015–16 season on 29 January 2016.[19] He was released by Norwich upon the expiry of his contract in June 2016.[20]

Maidstone United[edit]

Loza had a trial at League One club Port Vale in July 2016,[21] but did not sign for the club. On 20 October 2016 Maidstone United announced they had signed Loza, and on the evening of 25 October 2016 he scored his first goal for the club in a 2–2 draw against Sutton United, in the National League.[22]

International career[edit]

Loza made his debut for Jamaica in a 2–2 draw with Egypt in a friendly at Brisbane Road on 4 June 2014; he entered the game as a substitute, replacing Simon Dawkins in the 84th minute.[23][24] He was named by head coach Winfried Schäfer in the Jamaica squad for the 2014 Caribbean Cup; Jamaica hosted and won the tournament by beating Trinidad and Tobago on penalties in the final, Loza played in the Group Match against Martinique.[25] He was called up to the under-23 side, and scored on his debut, a 6–1 win over Saint Lucia at the Estadio Olímpico Félix Sánchez on 24 June 2015 in a qualification game for the 2015 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship.[26] He was named in the provisional squad list for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, but did not make it onto the final squad.

Style of play[edit]

Speaking in June 2014, Norwich City manager Neil Adams described Loza as "a direct player who is lightning quick and can run with the ball, and he causes defenders a lot of problems".[13] In an interview in January 2015, Loza stated that "I like to run in behind. I love scoring goals, but also I let the ball come to feet as well and link up with play".[27]

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played 14 April 2017.[28]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Norwich City 2013–14[12] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2014–15[16] Championship 2 1 1 0 2 0 5 1
2015–16[29] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 3 1 1 0 2 0 6 1
Coventry City (loan) 2013–14[12] League One 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Leyton Orient (loan) 2013–14[12] League One 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Southend United (loan) 2013–14[12] League Two 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Yeovil Town (loan) 2014–15[16] League One 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Stevenage (loan) 2015–16[29] League Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 2 0
Southend United (loan) 2015–16[29] League One 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Maidstone United 2016–17[30] National League 24 9 2 0 2[b] 1 28 10
  1. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearance in FA Trophy

International statistics[edit]

Jamaica national team[31]
Year Apps Goals
2014 4 0
Total 4 0

Honours[edit]

Jamaica

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Sherdon, Cowan (28 June 2015). "Reggae Boy Jamar Loza aims high". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Connoll, Nick (25 October 2013). "City sign Loza on loan". Coventry City F.C. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  4. ^ Connoll, Nick (2 November 2013). "Coventry City 3–0 Notts County". CCFC Official Site. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Turner, Andy (20 November 2013). "Sky Blues keen to extend Jamar Loza loan spell". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "Orient loan for Loza". Norwich City F.C. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "Shrewsbury Town 0 Leyton Orient 2". BBC Sport. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Coulthirst returns to Spurs". Sports. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "News: Jamar Loza joins Southend United". Southend United F.C. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "Southend 3–0 Oxford". BBC Sport. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  11. ^ Osborne, Chris (11 May 2014). "Norwich City 0–2 Arsenal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
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  14. ^ "Jamar Loza: Yeovil Town sign Norwich City striker on loan". BBC Sport. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "Huddersfield 2–2 Norwich". BBC Sport. 18 March 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  16. ^ a b c "Games played by Jamar Loza in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 
  17. ^ "Jamar Loza: Norwich City striker joins Stevenage on loan". BBC Sport. 2 October 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  18. ^ Freezer, David (3 December 2015). "Five-goal Jamar Loza’s wait for Norwich City first team chance reflects national problems". Eastern Daily Press. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  19. ^ "Jamar Loza: Norwich City forward joins Southend United". BBC Sport. 29 January 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  20. ^ "Nine out-of-contract players to leave City". Norwich City F.C. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  21. ^ Baggaley, Mike (30 July 2016). "Port Vale v Manchester United teams: Jamar Loza in Vale squad". The Sentinel. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  22. ^ http://www.maidstoneunited.co.uk/2016/10/sutton-united-vs-maidstone-united/
  23. ^ "Jamaica makes team changes ahead of Egypt friendly". CONCACAF.com. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  24. ^ "JAMAICA VS. EGYPT 2 – 2". Soccerway. 4 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  25. ^ a b "Jamaica claims Caribbean Cup crown on PKs". CONCACAF. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  26. ^ "Caribbean Football Union | Olympic Qualifying". www.cfufootball.org. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  27. ^ "Interview : Jamar Loza : 15/01/2015". www.ciderspace.co.uk. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  28. ^ Jamar Loza at Soccerbase
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  30. ^ "Games played by Jamar Loza in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 November 2016. 
  31. ^ "Jamar Loza". National Football Teams. Retrieved 10 July 2016.