Month: February 2020

JFF contracts sent out to Boyz – Burrell

first_imgJamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Captain Horace Burrell, has disclosed that contracts have been sent out to members of the senior men’s national football squad, thus addressing one of the grievances the Reggae Boyz had at the start of the second round of World Cup Qualifying last month.On the eve of the start of Jamaica’s second-round World Cup campaign on Friday, November 13, the country’s players had reportedly become restive about unresolved contract issues. An agreement in principle was reached at the eleventh hour and Jamaica played the match, which they lost 0-2 in a lacklustre performance.Burrell expressed hope that the matter has now been put to rest.”Contracts have gone out to our players and those contracts are expected to be signed at the soonest, so we certainly hope that the next time around we will not have the kind of problems we faced the last time around,” the president said.”We need funds for taking care of airfare for our players. I recall the general secretary telling me that the last bill, over the last three months, we have spent just over J$30 million on airfares alone for players,” Captain Burrell said.It is estimated that the JFF will need close to J$ 1 billion to finance its World Cup campaign to Russia in 2018. Burrell revealed that the harsh economic time the country has been enduring is largely to blame. Sponsors, he said, have been coming on board, but not in ways that will have a great impact on the funding required for the World Cup campaign.”There are challenges, and we are trying to deal with the challenges,” he said.last_img read more

Big names for Bob Marley One Love football today

first_img Honourees include The annual Bob Marley One Love Fun Day and football matches will see two matches, with former national stars, celebrities, and referees playing to raise money for basic schools. The games will see a Tuff Gong Invitational against Masters and Celebrities, starting at 4 p.m. today to be followed by an Entertainers-Celebrities vs Referees contest at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex. The winners of each game will receive trophies. Clive ‘Busy’ Campbell, chief organiser of the annual event named after late great singer Robert ‘Bob’ Marley, said that proceeds would go towards basic schools. “We have always helped with the development of education, so this year, we will be assisting Lyndhurst Methodist, Jones Town, and Ferry Basic schools. We always try to support the development of Basic schools in the communities,” Campbell told The Gleaner. “We try to foster a good relationship within the communities. I am asking for persons to come out and contribute,” he said. The Jamaica Urban Transit Company will be transporting commuters from Half-Way-Tree and downtown Kingston to the venue in Trench Town. The honourees include late singer Dennis Brown and the Mighty Diamonds group. The Tuff Gong team reads: Jah Mikes, Byron Earle, Everton White, Lucien Anderson, Denton Sheddon, Clive Smith, Damion Gordon, Eldorado Mullings, Cornel Chin-Sue, Kevin Wilson, Adrian Pitter, Bunny Scott, Tajahe Dixon, Roger Asphall, Danielle Riley, David Shirley, Audley Boyd, Ali Cole, Hugh Blair, and Emanuel. Masters and Celebrities team: Ian Wilkinson, Kirk Williams, Kasai Hinds, David Laylor, Rudolph Speid, Ralston Hyman, Carlo Redwood, Stephen Miller, Tashana Bullock, Sherona Forrester, Jimmy Deer, Elvis Clarke, Lincoln Taffe, Raymond Smith, Rohan Rosseau, Hector Wright, Durrant Brown, Lance Whittaker, and Anthony Manderson. Entertainers and Celebrities team: I-Octane, Aidonia, Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner, Agent Sasco, Nesbeth, Wickerman, Nomadz, Charlie, Iba Mahr, Jessie Royal, Tony Curtis, Lukie D, Wayne Marshall, Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore, Oneil ‘Bigga’ Smith, Shavar Thomas, Sadiki Bolt, Andrew Tosh, and Blue Smith. Referees squad: Relanza Bennett, Raymond Bogle, Leon Brown, Alan Carter, Samuel Christie, Oneal Clayton, Jermaine Douglas, Odette Hamilton, Jayson Jackson, Khnordo Johnson, Jassette Kerr, Phillip McCarthy, Dwayne McGregor, Omar Mills, Kevin Morrison, Oshane Nation, Carcell Stewart, Karl Tyrell, Oneil Watson, Leroy Miller, Stephanie Yeesing, and Jermaine Yeesing.last_img read more

Schafer’s struggles

first_img LACKING QUALITY Former Rivoli and Waterhouse coach Calvert Fitzgerald was critical of the overseas-born players in the squad, arguing that they lacked real quality and add nothing to the team. “The Jamaica national team is mainly made up of players from England who play in the lower leagues. A lot of them not even start in the championship. So it simply means they could not be all that good. None of them can land a contract out of England,” he said. Powell has been singled out for his performances but Rudolph Speid, the former Kingston and St Andrew Football Association president and current technical director at Red Stripe Premier league campaigner Cavalier,was a little more forgiving. “The public is against Alvas not for his playing. Everyone is looking that he walked out of the team and got back without a minute suspension, but I don’t think he is a bad player. He has been found wanting, but he is young,” he reasoned, before giving his assessment of the team’s chances in their remaining two group games. “Panama has everything in their favour. They have the points, they have the goal difference, they are at home and physically, we cannot bully them, so it’s for the coach to choose the right tactics,” Speid said. “We will definitely need help from other teams, most notable from Costa Rica, and we have to be perfect in our two games.” Powell has also come under pressure for his lapses defensively, but Speid put his mistakes down to inexperience. Schafer was contacted yesterday, but declined to comment. Meanwhile, Jamaica sits third in their group on four points – three less than Panama, where they will travel to on September 2; and six behind leaders Costa Rica. Haiti, who will play in Kingston on September 6, are in last place on one point. Reggae Boyz head coach Winfried Schafer and his technical staff have been given a failing grade by local coaches, after the team’s unconvincing showing in recent times, underlined by poor results in back-to-back World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica. Defensive weakness, incorrect tactics, apparent discontent in the camp and the presence of what some have called substandard overseas-born players, are among the major issues mentioned. It has been suggested that the return of defender Alvas Powell to the fold – unpunished, after walking out on the team in the Gold Cup – is a cause of the contention within the squad. The team started well against ‘Los Ticos’ in the first game last week Friday, playing the best football they have played in some time and taking a 1-0 lead into the break. Costa Rica secured the equaliser for a 1-1 draw before outclassing the Jamaicans 3-0 in the reverse fixture. Former national assistant coach Bradley Stewart questioned some of Schafer’s choices, in particular his decision to keep defender Adrian Mariappa on the field in last Friday’s draw. “Mariappa got injured and the best thing he (Schafer) should have done is take Mariappa out and put in Jermaine Taylor, as a fit Taylor is as good as a fit Mariappa,” he said. “If you are a quality team you are expected to win your games at home, things are against you when you travel. It is always more difficult to beat a team at their yard that you cannot beat at your yard,” he stated in a grim outlook on the team’s chances to advance.last_img read more

Pacquiao wants to fight in Olympics

first_imgLAS VEGAS (AP):Manny Pacquiao says he’s thinking about fighting for his country in the Olympics this summer if the boxing competition is open to professional fighters.His promoter, though, thinks the idea of any pro fighting in Rio – much less the eight-time world champion – is a terrible idea.”The idea (that) you’ll allow professionals into the Olympics at this short notice is absolutely insane,” promoter Bob Arum said. “These people ought to have their heads examined.”The head of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has proposed allowing pros in the Olympics, though it’s doubtful the plan would be implemented by Rio because qualification tournaments are either under way or have already been held for boxers in most countries.Pacquiao, who fights Timothy Bradley next week in his first bout since losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr last May, said the idea of boxing for a gold medal intrigues him.”I’m not saying I’m going to fight or saying I’m not,” Pacquiao said. “I’m not closing the door. I’m thinking about it.”Pacquiao is running for the Senate in his native Philippines, and a win in the elections next month could put an end to his boxing career as he concentrates on politics. But the possibility of fighting for his country in the Olympics could also be used to help him win votes in the campaign.No Filipino has ever won a gold medal in the Olympics, though boxers have won a total of five silver and bronze. A gold medal for Pacquiao would, if anything, cement his status forever as the country’s greatest sports hero.last_img read more