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Sunday, September 02, 2012    

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Team: Arnett Gardens - KSAFA

Home ground: Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex

Last year's position: Eighth

Players in: Elton Thompson (Harbour View), Kemal Malcolm (Waterhouse), Shawn Lawes (Barbican), Nackwayne Parchment (Tivoli Gardens), Dennis McKinley (Cavalier)

Players out: Omar Campbell Ricardo Dennis (Boys' Town), Kemar Lawrence (Harbour View), Jerry Walters (Highgate)

General manager Richard Bennett's comments: "We expect to win the league. We expect to play very well with a young team mixed with experience."

Team: Boys' Town - KSAFA

Home ground: Collie Smith Drive

Last year's position: Second

Players in: Romeo Parkes (St Georges), Leon Goffe (Duhaney Park), Omar Campbell Ricardo Dennis (Arnett Gardens), Lloyd White (Barbican).

Players out: Maurice Evans (Highgate), Dwayne Ford (Sporting Central), Jermaine Allen (Tivoli Gardens).

Coach Andrew Price's comments: "The preparation has been good. I'm optimistic about the season. Though not easy, we have kept the nucleus of the team and we also had some additions. I think our most notable addition is Romeo Parkes who is on a season-long loan from St George's. He will definitely help our forward line and give it some added firepower. He is a proven goalscorer in the Premier League for some years so we expect him to step forward."

Team: Cavalier - KSAFA

Home ground: Stadium East Field

Last year's position: Promoted

Players in: Gariece McPherson (Portmore United), Girvon Brown (St Georges), Mitchily Waul (Tivoli Gardens), Ajuran Brown, Kevin Lamey (Humble Lion).

Players out: Dennis McKinley (Arnett Gardens) Kendon Anderson (Portmore United).

Coach David Lalor's comments: "At the end of the season I hope that at some point I come out on top and that would be satisfactory for me. If not, as long as the team play how they have trained, then I will be satisfied."

Team: Harbour View - KSAFA

Home ground: Harbour View Mini-Stadium

Last year's position: Sixth

Players in: Roland Dean, Kevin Blackford (Tivoli Gardens), Eric Vernan (Portmore United), Evan Taylor (Reno), Nicholas McCreath (Santos), Kemar Lawrence (Arnett Gardens)

Players out: Fabian Campbell (Tivoli Gardens), Juvaune Benjamin (Waterhouse)

Coach Vin Blaine's comments: "Based on the results last year, we drew 17 games and if we had won half of those games we would have won the Premier League, so scoring was the problem and coming into this season, that's what I want to improve. Our first objective is to get to the End-of-Round final, but we have to improve on last year."

Team: Highgate - St Mary

Home ground: Drax Hall, Greys Inn

Last year's position: Tenth

Players in: Maurice Evans (Boys' Town), Roen Nelson Carlos Barrett (Portmore United), Dwayne Holmes (St George's), Jerry Walters (Arnett Gardens), Loxley Thomas (Waterhouse)

Coach Calvin Lewis' comments: "We expect a tough season. We started very late and we've been doubling up on sessions. We will take games one at a time and see if we can get the best results, but our overall intention is to try and play in the top six this season. I am pretty satisfied and I think we have used the transfers pretty effectively."

Team: Humble Lions - Clarendon

Home ground: Effortville Community Centre

Last year's position: Fourth

Players in: Shauntel Mundle (Portmore United), Richard Reid (Sporting Central), Joel Messam (Waterhouse), Andrew Isaacs (Reno)

Players out: Kevin Lamey, Ajuran Brown (Cavalier)

Assistant Coach Howard "Max" Straw comments: "I expect us to show further improvement, but everybody starts from zero and if we don't focus and be consistent, we could be at the bottom of the relegation zone. This is football and no matter how good the team was last year, you have to find new people to put in there and keep that competitive edge."

Team: Montego Bay United - St James

Home ground: Catherine Hall

Last year's position: Seventh

Players in: Dwight Peters, Richard Reynolds (Alpha United (Guyana), Orlando McBayne, Graeme Green, Cordell Simpson, Ladale Richie, Troy Smith, Shavar Campbell (Village), Brian Brown (Mount Pelier),

Players out: Mauricio Gordon (Portmore United), Troy Reid (Waterhouse)

President Orville Powell's comments: "If we don't win the Premier League, we fail. That's what we want to win; that's the objective this year and anything below that we fail. We have to go out there and be consistent, day in, day out. We have laid the foundation with a good pre-season and we have depth now, even though some of our players won't be available until September, but we have a good squad."

Team: Portmore United - St Catherine

Home ground: Ferdie Neita Park

Last year's position: First, (Champions)

Players in: Mauricio Gordon (Montego Bay United), Carlloyd Walters (Sporting Central)

Players out: Eric Vernan (Harbour View), Roen Nelson Carlos Barrett (Highgate), Gariece McPherson (Cavalier)

Coach Andre Waugh's comments: "As always, whenever we play in any competition, our expectation is always to win. Besides that, we want to continue to develop our players and hopefully, we can get a few players out of the country this year. Based on the system that we have, there is always quality players waiting and we have young players that are raring to go."

Team: Savannah FC - Westmoreland

Home ground: Frome Sports Complex

Last year's position: Promoted

Players in: Davion Thorpe, Linval Wilson Jnr, Omar Johnson, Fabian Blake, Gavine Barrett (Reno), Errol Bryan (Frome), Marlon Sommervile (Jerico Rangers), Triston Sommerville (Mount Grace), Damion Alexander (Bamboo FC).

Coach Patrick Graham's comments: "The expectations are for the players to enjoy themselves in the league by playing quality and attractive football and at the same time, we expect a mid-table finish. That's our goal for this season."

Team: Sporting Central Academy - Clarendon

Home ground: Brancourt

Last year's position: Ninth

Players in: Dwayne Ford (Boys' Town), Cornell Robinson (Jamalco), Jaimar Scott (Sporting Athletics)

Players out: Richard Reid (Humble Lion)

Coach Nigel Stewart's comments: "We haven't got any big names in the transfer as such, but we are here and working hard and we expect this season to be better than last season. For me to be satisfied, we have to be in the top five, or even win the league. We want to be in every End-of-Round final, or as close as possible."

Team: Tivoli Gardens - KSAFA

Home ground: Edward Seaga Sports Complex

Last year's position: Fifth

Players in: Jermaine Allen, (Boys' Town), Roy Forbes (Village United), Fabian Campbell (Harbour View), Terrence Allen (Santos), Akeem Thenstead.

Players out: Roland Dean, Kevin Blackford (Harbour View), Mitchily Waul (Cavalier), Jameel Thompson (Waterhouse), Nackwayne Parchment (Arnett Gardens)

Manager Brian Rose's comments: "This will be a tough season because we have lost some senior players. It is a rebuilding time for us now and it will take some time for the new players to gel together. With the quality players we have now, anywhere in top three would be satisfactory for me."

Team: Waterhouse FC - KSAFA

Home ground: Waterhouse Mini-Stadium

Last year's position: Third

Players in: Juvanne Benjamin (Harbour View), Nicholy Findlayson (Reno), Troy Reid (Montego Bay United), Jameel Thompson (Tivoli Gardens), Gregory Gayle (Ewarton), Ashanu Smith (Tru-Juice FC)

Players out: Kemal Malcolm (Arnett Gardens), Akeem Thenstead (Tivoli Gardens), Joel Messam (Humble Lion), Loxley Thomas (Highgate)

Coach Donovan Duckie's comments: "Our expectations are high. Last year we finished third and it was a big achievement to the years before and it is important for us to win this time around. We have players here with experience and some young players and this year we will be more of a unit and more chemistry and that will be key this season."

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