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.”

Joel Senior departed the island on Tuesday, July 10 for a two weeks trial at Premier League (Tippeligaen) Sogndal IF, Norway after former HVFC and Reggae Boyz Altimont “Freddie” Butler and scouts had been tracking in his first local Premier League season with “The Stars of the East” and the senior National Team.

The USA Howard and James Madison Universities graduate distinguished himself with “Player of the Year” Honours in 2005, 2006 and 2007. His relentless mobility and supreme work rate gained him the respect of his teammates and opponents, in the Reggae Boyz Under 21 Teams in the Final Stage of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in 2007 before earning 5 national senior caps in 2012 where he gave a creditable account of himself against Cuba, Guyana, Costa Rica and Panama.

At “The Compound” the little Indian livewire wrapped up 36 starts, 1 substitution scoring 1 goal and assisting 8, all in 2948 minutes of playing time, to help HVFC secure 6th position. He forged a reputable midfield quartet with other national players Richard Edwards, Jermaine Hue and Romario Campbell or John-Ross Edwards.

His Coaches and Teammates voted him “Player of the Round 2” where he was awarded the Lucozade Most Outstanding Player cash prize of $10,000 and 5 cases of Lucozade Sports.

Joel will be handled by new Jamaican FIFA Agent Whylie Jervis.

Jermie Lynch, on Friday night, joined a growing list of Jamaican footballers to have scored on debut, after netting the game’s lone goal to lead the Reggae Boyz to a 1-0 victory over Guyana in their friendly international at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

“It is a joy. From I was a little boy, this has always been my dream and even today (Friday) when I was praying I wanted to score my first goal on debut,” the 21-year-old striker revealed immediately after the game.

“I have accomplished one step of my dream; now it is time for me to play overseas,” added Lynch, who has followed the footsteps of his brother, Lloyd Barker, into the national senior team.

Barker, a striker, also represented Harbour View Football Club and Montreal Impact in Canada.

He just returned from injury in January after being hurt playing in the Premier League and Under-21 competitions in early November last year.
During the summer in 2011, Harbour View FC had sent him to the Toronto FC Academy for two weeks, along with the son of another former Reggae Boy, Onandi Lowe, Damion “Chullups”, who is now at college in the United States.

Lynch’s family is actually deeply rooted in Harbour View FC and Jamaica’s senior football, as his relatives Robert ‘Little Bibi’ Scarlett and Christopher ‘Jamel’ Harvey were recent Reggae Boyz.

Lynch, who came up through the ranks playing on Harbour View Under-17 and Under-20 teams, had played on Harbour View’s senior team last season but got a regular starting place towards the tail end of the just-concluded Red Stripe Premier League season, where he netted four goals in five games, so his inclusion in the Reggae Boyz set-up might be seen as a bit of a surprise.

It was even more surprising that he started, as Dino Williams had been named to partner team captain Luton Shelton in the starting 11, in a release sent out by the Jamaica Football Federation prior to the match.

“It wasn’t a surprise (to me), because they say hard work is going to pay off one day and I have been putting in the work, so this is my pay-off,” Lynch reasoned.

The former Bridgeport High student concedes that it will be difficult to make coach Theodore Whitmore’s final squad for the next round of World Cup Qualifying competition, which commences on June 8 when the Boyz tackle Guatemala at the National Stadium.

“I want to be a part of it (the World Cup squad), but it is not my choice,” Lynch expressed.

“I have to just do the work and hope that I make the team because as you can see, Jamaica has a lot of international forwards in the squad and I’m locally based, so I have to work twice as hard as them to try and make it into the team,” he added.

During his two seasons of playing Manning Cup in 2007 and 2008, Lynch actually played at centre half, as the team did not have anyone else to slot into the position.

“I was always a centre forward, but the team didn’t have any centre back and I’m a utility player,” he pointed out.

In the summer of 2011, Lynch had a trial stint with Toronto FC Academy and is said to be on the radar of former Reggae Boy and current US Major League club, Real Salt Lake, scout Andy Williams.

CATHERINE HALL, St James — Jamaica’s build-up to next month’ CONCACAF World Cup qualifying campaign started with a lacklustre 1-0 win over Guyana in a friendly international at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Friday night.

Harbour View’s Jeremie Lynch, a last-minute decision by the coaching staff and one of three players making their debuts, made a dream bow when he scored the winner in the 61st minute in front of a fair-sized crowd.

Dino Williams had been named to partner team captain Luton Shelton in a release sent out by the Jamaica Football Federation earlier in the day, but it was the 21-year-old Harbour View player who got the nod later in the day.

Defenders Nyron Nosworthy and Adrian Mariappa, teammates at Watford in the English Championships, were the other debutants.
This was the fourth straight win for Jamaica over Guyana after 2-1, 6-0 and 4-0 results and extended Jamaica’s unbeaten run this year to five.
On a slippery field, Jamaica missed a number of chances after a slow start, but head coach Theodore Whitmore told the Jamaica Observer he thought the team gave a creditable performance and he would have given them seven out of 10.

“It was a decent performance… taking into consideration three players were making their debut…,” Whitmore said.

Guyana, who knocked out Trinidad and Tobago out of contention, also had several chances, hitting the bar late in the second half, but Whitmore said he was not surprised by what they had to offer.

“We have played against them in the Digicel Cup and we know what they can do,” he said.

“They are preparing for a tough opening encounter against Mexico, so we know playing against a Caribbean team would be tough… it gives us a good preparation as they play a similar game to the Antiguans,” Whitmore said.

Jamaica will face Guatemala, United States and Antigua and Barbuda in Group A of the third round of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The Reggae Boyz dominated and created a number of chances, but saw Lynch, Shelton and Keammar Daley miss repeatedly.

After a slow start, they had the first chance in the 22nd when a cross from Lynch hit the Guyanese goalkeeper Richards Reynolds in his chest and rebounded inches past his left post and out for a corner.

Nine minutes later, Shelton got past the goalkeeper but instead of shooting at goal from just outside the six yards box, opted to pass back to the top of the 18 yards box where the ball was picked off by a defender.

Guyana’s only chance in the first half came in the 36th minute when a mix up in the defence gave Carl Cort and shot at goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett’s goal.

Stevens who had come on for Joel Senior five minutes earlier in the 54th minute, picked off a weal back pass from Brandon Beresford and after beating the sliding Reynolds, passed the ball to Lynch who spun and fired it low into the far left hand corner of the goal.

The Harbour View Football Club (HVFC) wishes to say a big “Thank You” to everyone who participated with such discipline and deportment at our stadium last evening giving a professional performance reflecting positively the standard of our Under 21 League through the four selected KSAFA representatives.

To the staff of KLAS FM 89 Radio, CNS Cable Sports Network for video and interviews, the Jamaica Observer Sports Department, for the quick response with LIME and Lucozade giveaway products for the four Clubs, Arnett Gardens FC, Tivoli Gardens FC, Waterhouse FC and HVFC, 4 Referees, Special Guests Mr and Mrs. Anthony James, Jamaica’s only FIFA Agent Baron “Mosiah” Marshall and Berto from Adidas to our international Under 21 trials last evening at our stadium with the three visiting Norwegian Club Notodden FK.

Last but surely not lease to the fans who stayed all night.

It was thoroughly enjoyed by all and the visitors in particular who had arrived late from travelling through London, where they experienced a two hour flight delay before staying with us for the four hours tournament enjoying our Under 21 players good exhibition.

They will make me know of their decisions when completed and I will convey to all immediately.

Thank you once again for your ongoing support on very short notice and looking forward to having others with more time, clubs, agents and players available.


THE Harbour View Mini-Stadium was abuzz with excitement last Thursday as some of the country’s best Under-21 football talents from Corporate Area clubs Harbour View, Waterhouse, Arnett Gardens and Tivoli Gardens demonstrated their skills in an effort to impress Notodden FK Youth Academy coach Altimont Butler.

Butler and club chairman Per Arne Hanson are here to sign Waterhouse full-back Andrae Campbell and to scout new talent. The 30-minutes games were therefore organised in a round-robin format to have a look at the available talent.

According to Hanson, they have a history of signing Jamaican players and Jamaica is one of their favourite hunting grounds for new talent.

“We’re looking for new players from Jamaica because we’ve had good experiences with Jamaican players… the only thing now is to see if we can find any new players again,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

Hanson says they are on the lookout for a left-back or a striker and were somewhat impressed with Harbour View’s frontman Romaine Lewis, who netted a hat-trick against Waterhouse in the opening game.

However, he said even if they identify someone they like, it would take some time before anything happens.

“We (Norwegian transfer window) don’t open until the first of August in Norway, so we have time… but we have contacts here that are following players, so we’re updated all the time,” he said.

“However, we will not be doing anything at the moment, because we are seeing a lot of players, so we will be doing our selection closer to when the (transfer) window opens,” he added

Meanwhile, former Reggae Boy Butler says regardless of the position, once they spot a player with exceptional ability he will get a chance to go to Notodden.

“We’re basically looking for somebody who can blow us out of the water… we’re not really looking at anyone special, just that player that will blow us away, be it a goalkeeper, defender, midfielder or striker,” he said.

We have just confirmed with former Harbour View Football Club (HVFC) Player and now Notodden FK Academy Coach, Altimont “Freddie” Butler who arrives on the island at mid afternoon Thursday along with General Manager, Per Arne Hanson and another official to host a trial for only registered Under 21 players next Thursday, May 17 starting at 5:30pm. Teams are asked to be at HVFC by 5pm.

HVFC Players, Fabian Taylor and Kavin Bryan, as well as Oniel “Bigga” Thompson of Boys’ Town FC have all played in Norway with Notodden FK.

They requested 4 KSAFA Clubs in Champions Arnett Gardens FC, Tivoli Gardens FC, Waterhouse FC and HVFC each playing in a round-robin format with 3 games of 30 minutes each.

All 4 clubs have confirmed participation.

It is never too late for a shower of rain, as the Premier League squad players and 2 Under 20 Goalkeepers, lead by Coach Andrew “Bowa” Hines and Manager, Dwayne “Bruky” Blake won the inaugural Victoria Mutual Futsal Tournament staged by UTech in their Auditorium tonight after playing 4 games and winning all including defeating August Town FC, 9-6 in the Final.

Kemeel Wolfe was awarded “The Most Valuable Player” Trophy, as Captain Lamar Hodges lifted the Championship Trophy and the Replica.

The squad also had Romario Campbell, Ranique Muir, Rondell Morris, Edroy Williams and 3 Under 20 youngsters including the 2 GK’s.

As the large contingent of HVFC Under 21 Players, flocked to the well attended forum after their 1-0 victory against Portmore United away from home, to continue a dominant seasonal run against the St. Catherine based outfit. HVFC remains 4th on 60 points, with 2 games to go.

Captain, Richard Edwards Guyanese Club, Alpha United secured a 3-1 victory over Curacao Club, Hubentut Fortuna as the local football clubs suffered mixed fortunes on the second day of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championships yesterday at the Providence National Stadium. On his first day the team lost 0 -1, but Richard was awarded “Man of the Match” taking 6 shots at goal.

Former champion Harbour View repelled the challenges of three teams and secured the six spot at the end of the Red Stripe Premier League third round and will play the much-sought after “Elite football” for the fourth round.

Harbour View which started the day in six spot, defeated Sporting Central Academy 2-1 at Brancourt with a last minute strike from Jeremy Lynch in the 90+ minutes. Fabian Taylor had given Harbour View a 10th minute lead before Francois Swaby pulled Sporting Central levelled in the 53rd minute.

Harbour View ended the round on 46 points while Sporting Central are ninth with 41 points and will play among the relegation battlers.
At the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex, the visiting Montego Bay United clipped home team Arnett Gardens 2-1 and leapfrogged them into seventh spot on 44 points while the “Junglist” slipped to eighth on 42 points.

Former Arnett striker Omar Gordon found the winner for Montego Bay in the 85th minute after Jonathan Williams had cancelled out Graeme Green’s 29th minute opener.

Meanwhile leader Portmore United saw their lead reduced to 10 points after playing to a 2-2 draw with cellar team Village United battled at the Elliston Wakeland Centre.

Portmore United inched to 64 points and closer to the title with only five games remaining while Village United inched to 25 points and closer to relegation.

Ronaldo Rodney gave Village United a 31st before a double strike by Portmore’s Alanzo Adlam in the 36th and 38th minutes gave the visitors the advantage. But Cordel Simpson earned a share of the points for Village United from the penalty spot in the 44th minute.

At Frome, Reno earned a precious point in their relegation fight after holding champion Tivoli Gardens to a 0-0 draw. Reno moved to 26 points but still remained in the relegation zone in 11th place and with a six point gap to safety, the former champions have some work to do.
For Tivoli Gardens, this result effectively ended their title hopes as they stayed in fifth spot on 51 points but are trailing the leader by 13 points with a possible 15 points to gain from five matches.

Both Waterhouse and Humble Lion’s chances were dashed also after nullifying each other in a 1-1 draw at Effortville Community Centre.
The competition’s leading goal scorer, Jermaine “Tuffy” Anderson gave Waterhouse a 31st minute lead with his 13 goal of the season. Wolry Wolfe equalised for Humble Lion in the 57th minute.

Waterhouse dropped a spot to third on 52 points and are 14 points adrift of the leader while Humble Lion are fourth on 51 points still fighting for that top-two position.

Boys’ Town regained second spot on 54 points after an own goal by Kevin Williams 45th minute gave them a 1-0 win over Highgate United at Lynch Park.

St Mary outfit Highgate, in their first season in the premier league, remained n 10t spot on 32 points and are six points above the relegation zone with five games to survive, they look safe.