FORMER national goalkeeper and coach Donovan ‘DV’ Hayles, was officially named technical director of football at Kingston College (KC) yesterday.

Hayles, a KC old boy, was chosen from a group of other coaches to spearhead a revamped football programme at the school.

His duties will include the coordination of activities surrounding the Under-14 and Under-16 squads, as well as coaching and providing technical guidance to the senior (Under-19) squad, which will participate in the Corporate Area Manning Cup competition which begins next month.

Hayles replaces former KC and national footballer, Trevor ‘Jumpy’ Harris, who resigned as coach of the Manning Cup team on the grounds of “personal reasons and family commitments” last week.

Hayles, who formerly coached Harbour View Football Club to success in the National Premier League, is a former KC Manning Cup goalkeeper, who, like Harris, played for Harbour View Football Club and was a member of the Jamaica national football squad of the 1980s before a broken leg ruled him out of frequent national representation.

A rounded sportsman, Hayles also played Sunlight Cup cricket for KC.


“We welcome Donovan Hayles to take charge of the football programme at KC, and we thank Mr Harris for his support of KC over the years and wish him well in his future endeavours. The school’s choice was arrived at following consultation with its stakeholders,” said Everton Burrell, the institution’s acting principal.

“Mr Hayles will be full time at KC and will also participate in an ongoing mentorship programme. Our primary focus at KC is on academic work and Mr Hayles will be charged with the responsibility of ensuring that the boys who are involved in football must also perform to a high standard in their academic work,” Burrell explained.

“He will work closely with Sports Master Noel Channer, to whom he reports directly, in spearheading a drive that will lead to a resumption of the inter-form football competition at KC.”

Hayles said that he was looking forward to assisting with the football programme at his alma mater.

“I am excited and optimistic about the role that I have been asked to play,” Hayles said.

“There is a lot of raw talent at KC and I will do my best to ensure that those who want to represent the school can get the necessary technical support and at the same time ensure that they perform well in their academic work,” Hayles said.

KC, founded on April 16, 1925, won the Manning Cup football title 14 times.

Richard Edwards departed the island on Sunday, July 29 for a four weeks trial at Premier League Club Assyrianska, Sweden after scouts had been tracking his local Premier League season with “The Stars of the East” and the senior National Team.

His hard-nosed tackling, leadership and supreme work rate gained him the respect of his teammates and opponents, in the Reggae Boyz Teams in the last two years before earning 11 national senior caps, in May 2012 he went to Alpha United on Loan in Guyana, where we played the CFU Club Championship while winning the local Premier League before returning home three weeks ago.

This season he represented HVFC with up to 37 starts, 1 substitution scoring 1 goal, all in 3012 minutes of playing time, to help HVFC secure 6th position. He forged a reputable midfield quartet with other national players Jermaine Hue, Joel Senior, Romario Campbell or John-Ross Edwards.

His Coaches and Teammates voted him “Player of the Round 1” where he was awarded the Lucozade Most Outstanding Player cash prize of $10,000 and 5 cases of Lucozade Sports.

Jevaunne Benjamin’s 85th minute 24 yards deadball screamer, goes through the wall and knocks the stuffing out of the resilent defending Champions, Arnett Gardens FC who were looking to double after mastering the recently concluded Under 21 League where they won all 3 trophies on offer.

HVFC were off to a positive start as firm tackles and hard running goalwards highlighted the opening minutes by the young “Stars of the East” as they imposed their will on the more usually aggressive opponents.

Jorginho James, Rohan Royes, Benjamin and Taval Whittaker moved alertly to finish off attacking passes coming from midfielder, Kevaughn Frater along with assistance from central defenders, captain, Jhamie Hyde and Tazio Gilpin.

Benjamin came closest on 2 occasions but his final effort hit the side-netting twice as he penetrated the defensive line with speed and skill as the half ended 0-0, Arnett also responded through Javonne Simms who was held in check by Hyde and Gilpin, with little 17 year old Romario Atkinson at leftback working overtime.

Special congratulations to Coach Ludlow Bernard, who registered his fifth title following 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009 following in the tradition of Donovan “DV” Hayles initial double in 1998 and 1999. Making it our unprecedented 7th Title KSAFA U20.

The team completed the league without senior National players, leftback Kemar “Taxi” Lawrence, injured defender Kemo Wallace, strikers, Romaine Lewis and Akeil Barrett who had to return to US College and on Loan in the USA Professional Developmental League (PDL) Damion “Chullups” Lowe who played a Final on Wednesday night before returning home last night.

The joyful squad hoisted the trophy after the game as they splashed Coach Bernard with water and made merry, to deserving applause from the good crowd at the UWI Mona Bowl. reach.

Harbour View FC’s Under 17 player, Jaheel Hyde flourished as he netted a hat-trick to guide Jamaica’s Under-17 footballers to an emphatic 5-0 victory over Bermuda in the opening Group One game of their Caribbean Football Union (CFU) World Cup qualifier last night at the Waterhouse Mini Stadium.

Hyde, the son of former national player and well-respected coach, Lenworth ‘Teacher’ Hyde, netted in the 15th, 28th and 61st minutes.
Captain Junior Flemmings (50th) and Michael Seaton (71st) were the other goalscorers for the Wendell Downswell-coached junior Reggae Boyz.

Hyde, a student of Wolmer’s Boys’ School, was very delighted with his achievement.

“I feel wonderful scoring three goals for the national team,” said Hyde.

“I went out there and I did my best because I worked hard and I never stop playing until the final whistle,” added Hyde, who stated that he is an admirer of Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie.

Downswell said he was pleased with his team’s performance.

“We are happy that we have made a positive start because it is our first game. There were some butterflies, but overall it was good that we scored five goals.

“This will put us in good stead for our second game against Antigua and Barbuda on Sunday and the youngsters are confident that they will come out victorious in the game,” Downswell added.

The Jamaicans made their intentions clear from the opening minutes when Flemmings collected a through pass from Ryan Miller inside the penalty box, but his shot went wide of the target.

The homesters were finally rewarded when Hyde fired home a spectacular 35-yard shot, which went between the hands of custodian Bell Detre.
The speedy and skilful Hyde netted his second goal when he slotted home from point-blank range past Bell.

He then completed his hat-trick 11 minutes into the second half with 20-yard free kick.

The competition continues today when Bermuda tackle Antigua and Barbuda at the same venue, starting at 6 p.m.

Of the four teams participating in this group, the top two will advance to the CONCACAF Finals in August.

Harbour View FC’s 15 year old player, Martin Davis who recently was invited for this tournament from a two year stint in Valencia , made his debut as the first substitute in minute 67, adding some spice to the proceedings as his neat footwork’s excited the large crowd on hand and just missed a goal opportunity 2 minutes after coming onto the pitch as he pulled his effort wide from inside the area.

He returned soon after to supply the lofted cross to the far post for Michael Seaton to head home in minute 71, after he won possession from a deflected corner-kick.

ARNETT Gardens and Harbour View will contest the final of the KSAFA U-20 Football League after victories over Cavalier and Seaview in their semi-finals on Sunday.

Favourites Arnett turned back their high-flying opponents, 4-1, at the Tony Spaulding Sport Complex to book their spot, while Harbour View topped Seaview, 2-0, at Seaview for their right to contest the decider.

In the feature game at Tony Spaulding, Vishinur Harris and Tamar Edwards scored braces for the home team. Edwards opened the scoring for Arnett three minutes into the second half and added his second five minutes later.

Harris got his first and Arnett’s third goal in the 57th, while Jason Wright pulled a goal back in the 76th for Cavalier.
Harris scored his second in time added to give his side a convincing win.

At Seaview, the hosts held the visitors scoreless until four minutes before the break when Rohan Roye gave Harbour View the lead.
Romario Osbourne sealed the win for the Ludlow Bernard-coached team when he scored in the 89th to put the game out of Seaview’s reach.

Last season the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) announced a new initiative to register all players on a world renowned global website database named SoccerAssociation, regarded as the popular reference site for FIFA agents, clubs, coaches and managers in all the leading football leagues worldwide.

Having successfully completed season one of this long-term initiative, the database now guarantees every single NPL player global visibility. In previous years, players who were not heavily involved with the national programme, the Reggae Boyz, had absolutely no international online database identity, and thus limited realistic chances of earning overseas opportunities.

Today, young players such as Romeo Parkes, Tremaine Stewart, Dino Williams, Mauricio Gordon, Cordel Simpson and Jeremy Lynch, just to name a few, benefitted from having outstanding profiles on the database. Some of them have been contacted and have gone on trials throughout the season initiated by international agents, primarily due to the exposure on SoccerAssociation.

Jamaican clubs now have an improved global profile, where international clubs can now correlate the success of individual Jamaican players abroad, with that of their local clubs.

“The global profile of the Premier League has no doubt been raised; as a Euro-based company we (Pro-Goals Sports, PGS) can attest to that, based on our interactions with club officials and agents. There is a distinct association factor; as it is generally believed that if the Premier League is covered by SoccerAssociation, then it will have more credibility,” said Romel Wallen, managing director.

This is why a handful of small national football associations have paid good money just to get their respective league data onto SoccerAssociation, in the hope of some kind of global credibility. Malta, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan are examples of countries who have adopted this approach.

Naturally, it is impossible to quantify how much this new exposure will ultimately lead to profits, transfers, etc. However, it is certain local Premier League clubs and players can now creatively use this new exposure to source more international professional opportunities.

“For this it is helpful to see profile for the Jamaican players on the data-base, because this makes life much easier for speaking with clubs for these players. It is great that you now have this feature,” remarked Czech Republic/Poland/Germany-based agent Tomas Bahnik, who is now interested in the Jamaica football market.

“The site has been a tremendous assistance in the PLCA office as we are able to get a more accurate look at individual and collective data, therefore giving us more comfort in the preparation of our reports. It provides just the right support we need in office to correspond internationally,” noted the PLCA.

NATIONAL player and Bristol City defender Damion ‘Stew Peas’ Stewart yesterday presented a Western Sports gift certificate valued at $200,000 to Reverend Claude Ellis, acting principal of Ardenne High School.

The donation was to help facilitate the Ardenne’s Manning Cup team in its preparation for the schoolboy football competition later this year.

The 31-year-old Stewart, a past student and Manning Cup player at Ardenne, told the Jamaica Observer after making the presentation and just hours ahead of his departure for England where he is scheduled to begin his pre-season training at Championship outfit Bristol City that as a professional footballer, he thought it was his duty to give back to his alma marter.

“I’m a past student of Ardenne High School and I have to remember where I’m coming from, so I’m doing this in the hope that it may inspire some of these footballers here to strive to make football a professional career, like I have.

“I know it will not be easy, and everyone will not make it, so at the same time I would urge them to continue to pay keen attention to their academics, just in case they don’t make the transition to the professional leagues,” he said.

Stewart attended Ardenne between 1991 and 1997 and played on the Manning Cup team from 1995 to 1997.

He also turned out for local outfit Harbour View FC upon leaving school, helping the Stars of the East to the National Premier League title in 2000 and the Caribbea Football Union (CFU) Club Championship four years later.

Stewart joined Bradford in England in 2005, but his quality quickly saw Queen’s Park Rangers making a successful six-figure transfer bid.
AFter a successful stint, he joined Bristol on a three-year contract in July 2010, but went on loan until the end of the season in January.

Stewart, who turns 32 next month, played for the Jamaica U-20 and Ur-23 youth teams. He made his senior debut in 1999 against Ghana and played in the 2003, 2005 and 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments and numerous World Cup qualification matches since.

Rev Ellis was thankful for the donation.

“We’re humbled by the gesture and appreciate that past students are willing to contribute to their alma mater. This contribution will go a far way in assisting us in our Manning Cup programme.”

A week away from hosting the Caribbean Qualifiers for the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, Jamaican head coach Wendell Downswell is satisfied with the progress being made by his young charges.

“Things are going in the right perspective and I think the preparation has not been bad; it is satisfactory at this stage for this leg,” said Downswell.
Jamaica, who qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2011, will host a three-team group involving Bermuda and Antigua and Barbuda in Kingston from July 11-15.

The Caribbean leg was scheduled to start yesterday with Cuba and Haiti hosting four-team groups. Trinidad and Tobago will also host a series from July 24-28.

The five group winners and the best second-placed team will advance to the final six-team Caribbean qualifiers, with the top three gaining spots to the CONCACAF Championship set for April 6-19, 2013.

Downswell, who has the distinction of being the most recent Jamaican coach to lead a team to a FIFA World Cup Finals, has been impressed with the current crop of players.

“We had an all-island trial and selected some players and brought them into camp for training. Then we entered into the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) U-20 competition with the Corporate Area team playing on Wednesday and the squad itself plays on weekends,” he noted.

“That was good in terms of the response from the players and we were able to expose a large volume and the technical staff had a good opportunity to look at them under match condition,” added Downswell.

The young Reggae Boyz, playing among players two to three years older, have won seven of their 10 games so far. They drew twice, with their only defeat coming against Harbour View.

“In terms of the competition, it served as a catalyst for our competition going forward. Overall, the exercise was good for… the youngsters, although there were challenges…,” he said.

Jamaica are favoured to brush aside Bermuda and Antigua and advance to the next stage of the qualifiers from August 19-30.

SAO PAULO, Brazil — After two-and-half days, the coaching course here at the Traffic Academy has already been a huge success for Jamaican participants as well as those from other Caribbean territories.

There is great involvement and interaction by all who eagerly interact with the various reservoirs of knowledge on offer.

There was a morning session on Monday conducted by Marcio Amoroso which addressed finishing and scoring. The well-travelled professional and former national player shared his views on how to become or train a great striker, both in theory and practice.

This should please PLCA chairman Edward Seaga very much. The skills and training techniques shared were well received.

In the afternoon there was an exhaustive, intense and sometimes controversial lecture by world rennown physical trainer/physiotherapist professor Nivaldo Baldo.

He introduced several paradigm shifts in the preparation and treatment of athletes that triggered intense debate, especially among those who have enjoyed “success” using older paradigms.

In the end, it is perhaps safe to say it was agreed that there is no need for agreement or disagreement with one paradigm or another, but rather, to let set scientific proof determine what the best practice is.


AFTER almost 20 hours of travel, 14 of the 15 registered coaches arrived at the Traffic Academy in Porto Feliz, Sao Paulo, Brazil at approximately 10:30 am local time (8:30 am Jamaica time) on Sunday.

Lester Smith of Grenada was expected to arrive some time the following day. Present on the course are Andrew Edwards, National U-20 men’s coach; Andrew Price, technical director Boys’ Town FC; Junior Francis, Reno FC; Laurence Garriques, UTech; Jeffrey Hewitt and Calvin Lewis of Red Stripe Premier League champions Portmore; Harold Thomas of Harbour View; David Pryce of Volvo; Marcel Gayle of Waterhouse; Alvin Shaw of Tivoli FC; Vassel Reynolds and Nigel Stewart of Sporting Central; and Jamaal Shabazz and Wayne Dover of Guyana’s National Football team.

After lunch the course got off to a sprightly start. Professor Walter Gama, technical director of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), welcomed the participants to the course, Traffic Academy and Brazil.

Gam postulated that “Knowledge and Discipline” shall be the slogan for the course, which represents the critical areas of focus he wishes to develop among participants.

Daniel Gama, one of the co-ordinators, led the opening lecture, introducing participants to the course content, expectations and materials.
He outlined the structure which covers topics ranging from theoretical and practical frameworks of new perspectives in coaching, training and intervention based on science and didactic observations of training sessions and matches.

The instructors will include experienced football professionals and sport science researchers. Among those slated to give lectures/presentations are Professor Walter Gama, Daniel Gama, Rodolfo Canavesi, Marcio Amoroso, Nivaldo Baldo, Ana Maria Pellegrini, Lucas G`oes, Anderson Gongora, Marcella Cesar, Victorino Freire, Rene Simoes, Fabio Matias, Renato Molina, Emerson Viera Marinho, Clovis Alberto Franciscon, and Anahy Couto.

Although suffering from obvious jet-lag, lethargy and sheer exhaustion, the cadre of coaches in attendance exhibited plenty of grit, determination and zeal to optimise this opportunity for personal development and by extension the development of Jamaica’s football. In the words of Andrew Price, “the experience thus far has been very good, the camaraderie amongst the coaches excellent”.

Price also said “the course content is very interesting” and that he found the first presentation done by Rodolfo Canavesi to be “very thought-provoking and a testament to how far behind we (Jamaica) are in terms of football development”.

David Pryce of Volvo FC claimed: “Thus far this has been a great eye-opener in terms of presentation and professional football. I am glad for the exposure to the Traffic Academy environment and experience, and to see first-hand a world-class football facility.”

He also said he is anxiously looking forward to the remainder of the course.

In describing the first day interactions, Daniel Gama opined that “the group is a very committed one, showing plenty of interest, attentiveness and desire to learn”. He sees this as “a great opportunity for both the participants and the co-ordinators to learn from each other as we all seek to improve our respective (football) communities”.

The course promises to be an excellent experience for all the participants. Already discussions are heating up about commercialisation of and in the sport and professional football. A quote from Rodolfo Canavesi: “Traffic Sports exist not for the love of football, but because someone realised that it is good business, articulates fully where I believe those of us involved with the game locally needs to focus our energies.”