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Lutan Fyah picks dark horse

BY BRIAN BONITTO
Associate Editor —
Auto & Entertainment
bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The 21st FIFA World Cup kicks off tomorrow in Russia. The Jamaica Observer 's Entertainment desk got the views those involved in the music business and journalists about how the tournament will fare.

 

TO say Lutan Fyah knows the game of football would be an understatement. He represented St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) at the Manning Cup level, and Hazard United (now Portmore United) and Constant Spring Football Club in the National Premier League.

“A mi used to wear the number 10 fi STATHS... Mi play against all the big footballer dem at the time: Ali Rose, Edsel Scott, Trevor Spence and Bibi Gardner... all a dem. Every footballer a mi friend,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

For this World Cup he is backing a dark horse.

“Brazil used to be mi team, but mi a go wid Senegal. Mi a Bobo Shanti and wi haffi push the African team dem to win a World Cup,” he said.

This is the third appearance for Senegal in a World Cup finals. They caused a stir when they reached the quarter-finals in 2002.

The singer says he's familiar with several of the team's players as they are a fixture in the English Premier League.

“Senegal has some players who know how to compete like Sadio Mane from Liverpool, (Diafra) Sakho and the midfielder (Mohamed) Diamé from West Ham. And if Brazil and Senegal meet, mi haffi bring Senegal,” he said. “Is a place weh mi go regular. In fact, mi and Norris Man keep a stage show there every December in Dakar called Afro Diaspora Festival; this year will be the third year.”

Dakar is the capital of the West African country. Senegal is bordered by Mauritania to the north, Mali to the east, Guinea to the southeast, and Guinea-Bissau to the southwest.

Senegal begins its campaign against Poland on June 19; then play Japan (June 24) and Colombia (June 28).

Lutan Fyah's given name is Anthony Martin. As a schoolboy, he wore the STATHS jersey from 1995 to 1997. In 1997 he took the pitch for Hazard United, which was later renamed Portmore United.

He had two stints (1999/2001 and 2000/2001) at Constant Spring Football Club before hanging up his boots.

“Mi never make it to '98 World Cup when Jamaica qualified and football never have much to offer... so mi turn up a Buju Banton place and him hear mi and said, 'Don't leave.' He was the first one who voiced me. The song was All The Atrocity and the year was 1998. Buju a mi boss,” he said.

In September Lutan Fyah will tour Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Tanzania.