The walkout left the squad five players short for their quarter-final against Haiti, which they eventually won 1-0. Asked about the possible backlash from players who believe he was a letdown, Schäfer said Powell must first approach the JFF and signal his intentions to return, then meet with the players. “When he wants to play in the national team, he must make the first step, I won’t go to Portland and ask him to come back,” Schäfer emphasised. “Before we send the invitation, he has to talk, he has to talk with the players. I want him to talk to the team. He has to talk to the players, his team, his team first. “What is important is the team. The best team is when you have the best bench.” At the time when Powell walked out, Schäfer had said he would not take him back. Now, the coach has said he likes the player and does not want the country to turn against him. “I think he doesn’t know what is the next step,” said Schäfer, as he explained the public’s reaction. “I don’t want him to have a problem in his country, I know the people are very proud. “I don’t think it’s his decision, he’s too young and does not think 100 per cent with his head,” Schäfer added, noting that he provided personal assistance in developing the player both here and by travelling to his Major League Soccer club, Portland Timbers, where he spoke with the team’s head coach there about ways to help him, and now he is a starting player. “Alvas is a young player – 20 years. I like him very much. I helped him two years at Portland and in matches. In training he was better. “We’ve to be more professional. This boy has to learn professional thinking in his head. A team is not 11 players, it’s the entire squad.” Schäfer said the player should have been advised better by his agent, former Jamaica striker, Damani Ralph, who has been to several of the Gold Cup matches and has other players in the Jamaica squad on his roster. “His manager must tell him ‘Alvas you can’t go’. His manager must give him better advice,” the German said. “Jamaica needed him at the tournament. Alvas probably didn’t know. His manager is to tell him that. “First, my player is important, not my money,” Schäfer said that should be the agent’s approach, noting a policy he will look to implement going forward. “When we have a tournament, I don’t want to see a manager of a player in the hotel or the room.” ALVAS POWELL has been handed a chance to return to Jamaica’s men’s senior national football team. “The door is not closed,” said Winfried Schäfer, head coach of the Reggae Boyz, in an interview with Jamaican journalists at the Miami International Airport on Monday evening, as the team made its way home from the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Powell walked away from the team after Jamaica won its group with maximum seven of nine points in Toronto, in July. The player had been threatening to walk out before the match they won 1-0 against El Salvador in Canada, then made the move the morning they were departing for their quarter-final match in Baltimore. “I want to help him. This boy is very, very young, I don’t want this boy’s career to go down,” Schäfer noted of the 20-year-old. In making his decision, Powell defied the efforts of management, coaching staff and teammates, who tried to convince him to stay. “I think he has one problem: He doesn’t listen to people who want to help him. He made a big mistake,” Schäfer said. Powell had actually played against El Salvador as a substitute, and in that game, central defender Jermaine Taylor and goalkeeper Dwayne Miller picked up what turned out to be tournament-ending injuries, while midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson and striker Darren Mattocks were both sent off. possible backlash
Jamaican international and Millwall full back Shaun Cummings netted his first goal for the club he joined in January on a two and a half year deal, scoring a fortuitous second goal in a 4-0 win over Southend United in the English League One on Monday.The former Chelsea trainee was called up to a provisional Reggae Boyz squad for a few World Cup qualifiers in 2013, but after a couple appearances, has not featured since.The win for his club on Saturday was a big boost to their chances of securing a play-off berth, as it left them in ninth place with 34 points from 23 games.This leaves them three points off a play-off spot, occupied by Saturday’s opponent, Southend, and 14 points behind leaders Walsall.Cummings’ goal came in the 35th minute, eight minutes after Joe Martin put them ahead. The marauding right back sent in a deep cross, which deceived Southend’s goalkeeper, Daniel Bentley, hitting the post and then the custodian before rebounding into the goal.Fred Onyedimna and Aiden O’brian were the other scorers for Millwall, who ended Southend’s eight match unbeaten run and registered their first win in four games.Meanwhile, in the English League Championship, Reggae Boyz winger Gareth McCleary scored the lone goal in Reading’s 1-2 defeat to Brentford.His Jamaican teammate and defender, Michael Hector, saw red in that game after he was yellow-carded in the 12th and the 87th minutes.Reading are 12th in the standings with 30 points from 24 games and are seven points adrift of a play-off spot, which is currently being held by sixth-place Ipswich with 37 points.
San Jose Earthquakes general manager, John Doyle, says Jamaica midfielder Simon Dawkins will be a key to their offence in the 2016 Major League Soccer (MLS) season.Dawkins is rejoining the club from Derby County after three seasons in the English Premier League and Championship.Doyle sees the Jamaican, who has a club record of the most goals by a midfielder in two seasons (14) as a key element.”We’re delighted to welcome Simon back,” Doyle said in a team statement. “He has a tremendous amount of experience in England as well as internationally. Simon is a proven player in Major League Soccer and helped the club win the Supporters’ Shield in 2012. He will be a key part of our attack,” Doyle insisted in a report on the Major League Soccer website.Dawkins spent the last two years with English Championship side, Derby County, scoring nine goals in 73 appearances. He also spent time at Tottenham and Aston Villa. He has 20 caps for the Jamaican national team, scoring three goals. His most recent international cap came in Jamaica’s crucial 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Nicaragua in that country on September 9 last year.Dawkins is just one of two Earthquakes players to score six or more goals in consecutive seasons since the club’s return to Major League Soccer in 2008. He is also the only midfielder in the club’s history to score 14 or more goals over a two-year period.
Former national under-17 captain Omar Holness has revealed that three things have him excited about playing Major League Soccer (MLS) in the coming season. The 21-year-old Jamaican, the overall number-five pick, was selected by Real Salt Lake in Thursday’s Major League Soccer’s Super Draft following an impressive three-year career playing central midfield for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels scoring four goals and registering 11 assists.Now that he is a professional, he gets to work with two Jamaican legends, possibly play against his childhood hero and believes he can help his club win a championship.At Real Salt Lake he will be working with Andy Williams and Tyrone Marshall, former Jamaican players, now coaches employed by the club but on the day he said he didn’t know who would select him or what to expect.”All of the draftees were nervous because in reality we had no idea, no clue where we were going to end up but when I heard my name being called at number five for Salt Lake I was excited and surprised but when I heard I was going to join Andy and Tyrone and Demar (Phillips) up at Real Salt Lake, I was like it couldn’t get better than that,” he said describing the fact that the presence of the Jamaicans is for him a huge boost.”I believe having coaches Andy Williams and Tyrone Marshall will be a very positive thing for me. I say so because having Jamaicans around you will help me settle in and give me tips that will help push me in the right direction.”much sweeterHolness said playing professional football has always been his dream but this experience is going to be so much sweeter as he could possibly face his childhood hero, who now plays the MLS for the LA Galaxy.”Playing football professionally has been a dream of mine ever since I was a little boy. To finally realise that it is actually coming true is very exciting. I think what I am looking forward to most is making this transition and playing against my childhood hero, Steven Gerard.”Gerard, a Liverpool icon in the Barclays Premier League currently plays for the LA Galaxy.Holness realises that he has his work cut out for him. He is expected to come in and strengthen RSL’s midfield contingent and hopefully help push the club to a title in the coming seasons. Following Thursday’s draft Real Salt Lake’s general manager Craig Waibe told media that the Jamaican was exactly who the club wanted. However, he was quick to point out that the Jamaican would not be pressured from the outset and would be given time to adapt.
Main concerns More consistency Delegates at yesterday’s KSAFA annual general meeting (AGM) gave the Stewart Stephenson-led administration a passing grade for their term in office. The delegates, some of whom include Stephenson’s harshest critics, say the association is heading in the right direction. Santos’ Carlton ‘Spanna’ Dennis and Duhaney Park president Darrington Ferguson say the administration has made strides since Stephenson took the reins in 2014, but they are looking for greater benefits to the clubs. “The council has done a wonderful job. It just needs an improvement of the finance to the clubs,” Dennis told The Sunday Gleaner. “I told the president he cannot expect me to give up the front of my shirt and I am not getting anything for it … If the club (Santos) gets sponsorship, I would like to put them at the front. If I can put both on the front (club and competition sponsors), I won’t have a problem, but the back is out,” he noted. “Over the two years, there were things that were important, such as building the image, credibility and reputation of the association. Getting a more appropriate building to administer KSAFA matters, bringing more consistency to our competitions structure and strengthening the quality of sponsorship and bringing greater benefits to the clubs. I think we have accomplished that,” he stated. He added: “We are completing the sale of our existing office building and we are 99 per cent there. All the legal work has been done and the deposit paid. We are now just waiting on the purchasers to pay over the proceeds, but they are waiting on a title from the bank where we had the mortgage. “We sold the (former) building for $23 million and there is a mortgage required of $12m. We are going to get about $11m in our hands and we are just waiting on that money, which we expect in two weeks. “Then we intend to buy a property at 3 Beechwood Avenue, which is right in the New Kingston zone. The clubs discussed it and they accepted it as a good deal,” he commented. Ferguson commended the association while calling for an increase in incentives to the clubs. “Most of the issues were addressed. The main concerns were how are we going to move forward with finance and development. I believe the administration is putting in the structure to attract both the infrastructure and sponsorship football needs. The next phase is how do the clubs benefit, as development starts from the clubs,” he argued. Ferguson was also pleased with the purchase of a new office building at Beechwood Avenue. “We are getting a new office, and that is another level of development because KSAFA can say they have a home that is fully paid for … Now, we must look at how the individual clubs are being developed,” he added. Meanwhile, Stephenson said they had accomplished most of their objectives for the year and he wants clubs to benefit greater in the future.
SIR BUDGET, owned, trained and bred by Michael Beecham, romped the 3-y-o and up overnight allowance race over the straight at Caymanas Park yesterday, winning by three lengths at odds of 7-1.Ridden by Orlando Foster in a field of 11, SIR BUDGET raced close up as the 1-2 favouriteTALENTED TONY K, DREAMLINER (5-2), and GARY GLITTER (7-2) disputed the lead, coming on to the main track.The leaders came under pressure from SIR BUDGET, leaving the furlong pole as the consistent four-year-old colt lengthened his strides to beat GARY GLITTER and the 99-1 outsider, WELL BLESSED, convincingly in a time of 59:0This was SIR BUDGET’s third win from 15 starts this season, but Beecham said that this one came as no surprise.”He ran well for a long way to be second a furlong out in the race won by Penelope, weakening in the closing stages to finish a fair sixth.”That race, however, was over seven furlongs and, reverting to the straight course, a distance to which he is better suited, he delivered big time,” said the 62-year-old Wolmerian who grew up in Trench Town.Meanwhile, the Ryan Darby-trained BLUE PEPSI LINKS (2-1) won the day’s supporting feature for the Joseph Armond Memorial Cup over 1820 metres, this by four lengths from BOUNCE.EMPHATIC VICTORYHeld off the early pace by title-chasing apprentice Bebeto Harvey as PIANO MAN and highly-fancied BIG BLACK NATION alternated in the lead, the 3-y-o son of Blue Pepsi Lodge was produced three wide entering the straight and soon came away for an emphatic victory.Harvey, meanwhile, gave himself an outside chance of catching the leader, Omar Walker (failed to ride a winner), in the race for the jockeys’ championship, moving six adrift of the four-time champion with three racedays remaining in 2016. Walker has so far ridden 67 winners, Harvey 61.The nine-race programme produced a stunning upset in the closing race over 1300 metres, victory going to the free-running 40-1 outsider, NAFEESA, with Oneil Mullings riding for owner-trainer Cleveland Mitchell.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):West Indies right-hander Marlon Samuels will make his first appearance in the regional domestic 50-over competition in three years, when he turns out for Leeward Islands Hurricanes later this month.The 35-year-old last appeared in the competition in 2013, when he represented his native Jamaica, but the Leeward Islands Cricket Board chief operations officer, Vernon Springer, confirmed that the player would be part of the Hurricanes squad for the January 24 to February 18 tournament.Samuels will bring a wealth of experience to the Hurricanes line-up, having played 71 Tests and 187 One-Day Internationals for West Indies.He is coming off a prolific campaign in the Bangladesh Premier League last November, where he scored 334 runs at an average of 66, with three half-centuries for Comilla Victorians.Samuels was in decent one-day touch for West Indies last year, tallying 374 runs at an average of 37, including a superb hundred against Australia in Bridgetown.Samuels is expected to be joined by Guyana and West Indies A fast bowler Ronsford Beaton and Trinidadian Daron Cruickshank.”We have 20 guys who will be here over the next couple of days or over the next two weeks, and we are going to have some trial games,” Springer said.”We promised you we are going to have the best franchise, and whatever it takes, we are going to make sure it works.”The 30-year-old Cruickshank also played first-class and 50-over cricket for Hurricanes last season.The Hurricanes have been installed in Group A of the upcoming Super50, alongside reigning champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, West Indies Under-19s, Windward Islands Volcanoes, and English County Kent.Group B comprises last year’s losing finalists, Barbados Pride, along with Guyana Jaguars, Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners, Jamaica Scorpions, and ICC Americas.
PHILADELPHIA, PennsylvaniaJamaica’s Kellion Knibb broke her own national discus record at the Penn relays yesterday.Knibb who attends Florida State University, had a best throw of 62.07 metres to improve on the previous mark of 61.59 metres. Isheeka Binns of the University of the West Indies (UWI) took second with 56.05m while her teammate Venique Harris was third with 55.87m.Carlington Moulton of the UWI also posted a good win in the college men’s high jump when he cleared 2.12 metres.In college relay events G.C. Foster, Mico and the University of Technology (UTech) have advanced to finals of their events scheduled for today’s final day.G.C. Foster clocked 1:21.91 to be the fastest qualifiers in the men’s 4x200m event. They are also in the 4x100m final after winning their heat in 38.73 seconds.UTech also advanced to the final after winning their heat in 39.83.Mico will contest the 4x 400m final. They won their heat in 3:08.06 to be the fourth fastest qualifiers while UTech also advanced as the sixth fastest with 3:08.62. Auburn with Akeem Bloomfield and Nathan Allen are the fastest qualifiers with 3:07.13.Mico finished fourth in the college women’s sprint medley final in 3:48.79. University of Oregon won in 3:39.05.
Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Don’t believe it, says the “Financial Fair Play” project leader monitoring hundreds of clubs’ accounts since 2011.“Certainly FFP is not dead and we will, for sure, reinforce the rules going forward,” Andrea Traverso told The Associated Press at UEFA headquarters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Luxury taxes and salary caps once dismissed as unworkable in Europe are again talked about. UEFA could start evaluating club debts and make competitive balance a formal goal.“We have continuous dialogue with the clubs. They are all aware of the rules,” Traverso said, noting Champions League regular Porto was sanctioned last month. Kevin Durant arrives in India as NBA tries to grow game Recent Milan spending outweighs its 217 million euro ($254 million) revenue in 2015, according to a UEFA review of club accounts.However, UEFA cannot stop clubs buying, while Milan can use August and January trading periods to balance its books.“Milan will not be an exception to Financial Fair Play, because no club enjoys an exception,” Traverso said. “All clubs are free to operate on the market but then they might face consequences if they do not operate according to the rules.”Milan’s case is unusual because it had no FFP assessment for three years. A Europa League qualifying match on Thursday was its first UEFA game since March 2014. New club officials will meet UEFA in October to explore a “voluntary agreement” on financial targets.It continues Milan’s interesting history with the UEFA project. In 2009, then-UEFA President Michel Platini cited lobbying by owners, including Milan’s Silvio Berlusconi, to limit clubs spending only what they earned.Critics said it protected elite clubs with global income, and blocked ambitious clubs with wealthy owners.When UEFA rules took full effect in 2014, Qatar-owned PSG and Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City were hardest hit. Both had 20 million euros ($23.4 million) deducted.By 2015, Milan was slumping when UEFA offered to be sympathetic with clubs which had an affordable business plan. This helped clubs to woo buyers, including Chinese investors who now own Milan and city rival Inter.As the $800 million Milan sale was sealed in April, PSG and Man City completed periods of stricter UEFA monitoring. Both clubs are high in UEFA’s revenue-earning list with more than 460 million euros ($540 million), and are major transfer market players.PSG’s chase of Neymar could double the world-record price Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba. GENEVA — In another European summer of lavish transfer deals, it can seem that UEFA has given up trying to curb clubs’ excessive spending.Skeptics question AC Milan’s 200 million euro ($240 million) spree and how Paris Saint-Germain could squeeze a 220 million euro ($258 million) pursuit of Barcelona’s Neymar by the UEFA rules.ADVERTISEMENT ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube UEFA never barred PSG or Man City from the Champions League, as Platini warned could happen to a top club.Instead, clubs like Dynamo Moscow, Galatasaray and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, the 2015 Europa League runner-up, have missed one season in the second-tier competition.UEFA points out that losses across European top-tier clubs totaled 1.7 billion euros ($2 billion) in 2011 and are now about 300 million euros ($352 million).Juventus is a model club. It won six straight Italian titles, reached two Champions League finals, and funded a new stadium to raise income and close the gap on Spanish and English clubs’ huge global earnings.UEFA’s Traverso insisted: “FFP is definitely not over.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After Porto overspent on first-team budget targets, UEFA deducted 700,000 euros ($820,000) prize money and limited the squad to 22 instead of 25 senior players in this season’s competition.UEFA’s independent club finance panel praised the 27-time Portuguese champion’s “realistic financial and business plan,” and expects compliance by 2020.Still, do clubs ignore the scrutiny that goes with entering UEFA competitions?Milan’s new Chinese owners, who needed American equity fund cash, spent heavily on players after six years without a Serie A title.“I’m so upset at UEFA. 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Winning start It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES A costly, catty dispute finally settled The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 119-32 to approve the P1,000 budget.This was not the first time that the Blue Babble Battalion used the halftime show to get their message across. Last year, members of the team wore shirts that spelled “NOT A HERO.” A costly, catty dispute finally settled Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Stop the EJKs and uphold human rights. #UAAPSeason80#MensBasketball pic.twitter.com/gVNJG6Geae— Ateneo Blue Babble (@AteneoBabble) September 13, 2017The Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion on Wednesday took a stand against the extrajudicial killings and the House of Representatives’ decision to allocate just P1,000 of the 2018 budget for the Commission on Human Rights.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe group made the statement during the its routine performance at the halftime break of the game between Ateneo and University of the Philippines at Smart Araneta Coliseum in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Break new ground Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Right mindset key to Dennison’s easy transition to FEU’s go-to-guy For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ After tearing a huge placard that said “P1,000″ into two, members of the BBB held up signs that read “stop the EJKs [extra judicial killings], uphold human rights” during their performance. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments