Sporting coach promises fire upfront for new season
TOLL GATE, Clarendon — Coach Nigel Stewart said fans can expect an improved Sporting Central Academy display, particularly in the goalscoring department, in this season's Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL).
Sporting are renowned for their entertaining brand of possession football, but are often criticised for their poor goalscoring record.
Last season, the Clarendon side averaged less than a goal per game, having scored 33 times in 38 games. Only relegated teams Village United and Reno scored less.
Stewart is, however, optimistic about the season ahead following a "good" pre-season showing from his strikers.
"We are always trying to improve in everything we do, especially in goalscoring, and at the moment our main forwards are doing well," Stewart told the Jamaica Observer following a recent training session at Brancourt.
He added: "We played a couple of games in which Francois (Swaby) has been scoring some goals. I don't know if it's a case where he's going to score his lot now, but he's been doing well.
"(Kavin) Bascom and (Dwight) Dunk also look good upfront, so I just hope we can maintain this form going into the season."
Except for goalkeeper Carlloyd Walters, who joined champions Portmore United, Sporting have retained majority of the squad which finished last season in ninth position.
They are also expected to be boosted by the return of the hugely talented Levaughn Williams, who missed most of last season while reportedly on trial overseas.
"Everybody is here right now and really working hard, so we expect great things this coming season," Stewart noted. "Certain problems that we have in previous years I don't think we will have them this time, so I'm just hoping that (will) lay the (foundation) for us to play some really good football."
Stewart, one of 11 Jamaican coaches who recently took part in an advanced coaching course in Brazil, also admitted that he would like to add to his squad before their season opener against parish rivals Humble Lion at the Effortville.
He said: "I would really like to strengthen every position before the season starts, but if not we should be OK because we do have some new faces; no big names just some youngsters coming up through the ranks and some from outside as well."