Spotlight on Waterhouse, BT – RSPL cellar dwellers clash at Drewsland

first_img OFFENSIVE BOOST o 3 p.m: Reno FC vs Harbour View – Frome Complex o 3 p.m: Waterhouse vs Boys Town – Drewsland Stadium o 3 p.m: Portmore United vs UWI FC – Prison Oval o 3 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs Arnett o Gardens – Edward Seaga Sports Complex o 3 p.m: Jamalco vs Humble Lion – Wembley Centre of Excellence o 3 p.m: Montego Bay vs Maverley-Hughenden – Wespow Park/Fairfield It is not often, outside of the end of season scrap to avoid relegation, that a bottom-of-the-table clash highlights the Red Stripe Premier League. Today, though, is one such day even with leaders and defending champions Montego Bay United ready to exact revenge on Maverley-Hughenden for their opening-day defeat. The above situation is largely because Glendon ‘The Admiral’ Bailey has taken charge of the unsteady ship at Waterhouse that is currently sailing in choppy waters. Bailey took charge on Monday last following the separation of the club and previous coach, Marvin Tate, a man who did no worse than a number before him. To most, this encounter against Boys’ Town, the only team in an inferior position to Waterhouse, is tailor-made for ‘The Admiral’ to make his mark, and the man at the helm at Boys’ Town, Andrew Price, understands. “One could not want a better match to steady a ship that is in treacherous waters,” Price said. “They are ahead of us and are playing at home, so these are natural advantages, but I can tell you that this will be no walkover,” the man, who himself could pass for a military figure, said. For this their second meeting, Price said his team will have even more ammunition and experienced fighters. Today’s Games “We did not have Michael Campbell in our first meeting and his experience and leadership will help us offensively. Defensively, we needed more experience, and the return of Wayne Ellis will help in that regard,” explained Price, who also added that the more experienced Leon Goffe will replace the teenaged Shavon Wilson in goal. Campbell should provide support for the competition’s leading scorer, Shamar Nicholson, in attack, while Xavian Virgo and Daemion Benjamin should provide stability. While Price was very open about his team and the plans heading into today’s battle, not a word has been heard out of ‘The Admiral’ since his appointment. Calls to his phone have gone unanswered. With no new talent at his disposal and with the second transfer window not opening until January 2, 2017, among the players who should feature are midfielder Romario Campbell, Kemar Beckford, the exciting, young forward, Rodave Murray, and Jermain ‘Tuffy’ Anderson, if he decides to use him. At the Edward Seaga Sports Complex, Tivoli Gardens should be given the edge over their big rivals if they are able to keep all their players on the field, with Jermaine Johnson and Elton Thompson being their major threats. Second-placed UWI FC would do well to reverse their first-round loss to Portmore United and maintain their superior position in the league. Jamalco stopped their slide last week with a win over fellow promoted team Maverley-Hughenden, but their more seasoned neighbours, Humble Lion, will not want to lose a second successive match having lost to Portmore United last week. Montego Bay United have found their form and should be favoured to show the visitors championship football, while the Reno-Harbour View game could go either way.last_img read more

FIFA plans women’s Club World Cup to increase players

first_imgFIFA wants to double worldwide participation in women’s soccer to 60 million by 2026, the governing body announced in its inaugural ‘global strategy’ for the women’s game.As part of the goals which were revealed by Fatma Samoura, FIFA’s first female Secretary General, the global organisation has also set out plans to introduce a women’s equivalent to the men’s Club World Cup.The men’s competition, which has existed since 2000 and brings together the winners of each region’s continental tournament, was won by Real Madrid in 2017. One such suggestion put forward by the new strategy has been described as a ‘FIFA Women’s World League’. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Other competition proposals presented include an increase in the number of youth development tournaments, as well as a women’s FIFA futsal event.The governing body has also set further targets in terms of participation, with a desire to double the number of member associations that have organised youth leagues for women in place by 2026.In addition, the strategy seeks to grow the influence of female executives, with every member association expected to have at least one woman on their respective executive committees by 2026, while FIFA itself is to ensure that at least one third of its own committee members are female.Samoura said: “We will work hand-in-hand with our 211 member associations around the world to increase grassroots participation, enhance the commercial value of the women’s game and strengthen the structures surrounding women’s football.“Most importantly it will make football more accessible to girls and women and encourage female empowerment, a subject of great importance, now more than ever before.”The announcement of the plans comes just days after the shortlist for women’s soccer’s first ever Ballon d’Or was revealed. England pair Lucy Bronze and Fran Kirby have both been nominated.last_img read more