Football

NWC on a high in Sandals Business House Football

Ricardo Reid scored the winning goal for NWC. (Observer)

Former champions National Water Commission (NWC) began the quest to regain their title with a 2-1 win over last year’s beaten finalists Grand Bahia Principe in the opening match of the Sandals-sponsored St Ann/St Mary Business House Football Competition on Sunday. In a thrilling encounter, NW ... Read More

FUNCHAL, Portugal —Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo smiles as he attends the opening of the Pestana CR7 Hotel in Funchal, on Madeira island on Friday. (Photo: AFP) Football: Ronaldo opens own ‘CR7’ hotel, gives name to airport
FUNCHAL, Portugal (AFP) — Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo inaugurated his own hotel on Frid ... Read More

EDWARDS... We know that players will miss out on school quite a bit and we are definitely going to need co-operation from the school system with that U-17 coach Edwards bothered by tournament schedules
Jamaica’s Under-17 men’s football team Coach Andrew Edwards has a bit of problem, a slig ... Read More

DERRICK... My vision from 2012 will continue as we try to make the CFU a relevant football entity in CONCACAF and FIFA. Re-elected Derrick on mission to reunite breakaway CFU family
Gordon Derrick says his re-election to the post of president of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) i ... Read More

Top teams for Sandals Business House football

Sunday, July 24, 2016    

Ramel Sobrino (left), general manager of Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, hands over the symbolic cheque to Danny Beckford (second left), while Brain Roper (second right), general manager Beaches Ocho Rios and Kevin Clarke, hotel manager Sandals Ochi share in the occasion during the launch of the Sandals St Ann/ St Mary Business House Football Competition. (Observer)

The 2016 staging of the Sandals-sponsored St Ann/St Mary Business House Football Competition promises to be the most competitive ever, according to event chairman Danny Beckford. Speaking at the press launch on Thursday at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, Beckford, who is also president of the St Ann Football Association, noted that defending champions Couples Tower Isle will face a daunting task of repeating their win. He said this is as a result of a number of former champions being in the hunt th ... Read More

15-y-o Jamaica defender demonstrates maturity in Under-17 backline

Saturday, July 23, 2016    

EDWARDS... I think giving up that goal in the second game was frustrating because it came so late. I think it resulted from a lack of communication and because we didn’t control the game in the second half.

ST THOMAS, US Virgin Islands — Kendall Edwards is a calming influence in Jamaica’s defence line. His good reading of the game, anticipation, smarts and his overall survey of his defensive range, has aided his Jamaica Under-17 team in topping the recent Caribbean Football Union (CFU) first-round World Cup qualifying play-offs on scenic US Virgin Islands (USVI). And, it has been agreed here that those qualities, nurtured and polished, will stand him in good stead as he looks to a pro ... Read More

Brazil happy to rely on Neymar for Olympic gold

Saturday, July 23, 2016    

Neymar (Photo: AFP)

TERESÓPOLIS, Brazil (AFP) - Brazil’s Olympic coach is admitting that he was relying on Barcelona star forward Neymar to shoot the hosts to a first Games gold in Rio next month. Current under-20s coach Rogerio Micale has been charged with rejuvenating Brazilian football in Rio after Dunga was fired following Brazil’s shock first-round exit from the Copa America. “I want to be dependent on Neymar,” he said, as the squad went through its first training session for t ... Read More

Under-17 coach revels in success of team, zooms in on testy T&T round

BY SEAN A WILLIAMS Deputy Sports Editor | Thursday, July 21, 2016    

Jamaica’s Under-17 Reggae Boyz on their way to one of their games in this pickup truck conversion called a ‘Safari’ in the US Virgin Islands.

ST THOMAS, US Virgin Islands — There is no doubt that Jamaica’s Under-17 coach Andrew Edwards is a relieved man. For him and his 20 players particularly, there was a lot of pressure to do well at the recently completed Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Group Four first-round play-offs in the US Virgin islands (USVI). With the surprise elimination of the Under-20 Reggae Boyz at the first stage of their play-offs in the Dominican Republic last month, the younger Boyz carried the burden ... Read More

Copperwood face Salt Spring in Western Masters League final

BY PAUL A REID Observer West Writer | Thursday, July 21, 2016    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Copperwood and Salt Spring will meet in the 2016 Western Masters League finals on Sunday at the UDC field after completing semi-final victories over Faithful Masters and Challengers, respectively, last weekend. Faithful Masters and Challengers both won the return-leg semi-finals 3-2, but failed to overturn big first-leg deficits. Copperwood advanced 4-3 on aggregate after winning the first leg 2-0, while Salt Spring won 5-3 on aggregate after they had won their ... Read More

West Haven Children’s Home to benefit from football festival

Thursday, July 21, 2016    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — The West Haven Children’s Home is to benefit from this Saturday’s Cariblanta Soccer Fest 2016 at Jarrett Park, hosted by Violet Tourers and featuring six teams in the one-day tournament. The event is in its seventh year and will be staged in Montego Bay for the first time after being held in Spanish Town and York Town, Clarendon previously. A release from the organisers said that their mission was to reach out into other communities, with Montego B ... Read More

Leicester ‘warrior’ Morgan signs new deal

Thursday, July 21, 2016    

Mexico’s Rafael Marquez (right) vies for the ball with Jamaica’s Wes Morgan during the Copa America Centenario football tournament in Pasadena, California, United States, on June 9, 2016. (Photo: AFP)

London, United Kingdom (AFP) — Towering Leicester City Captain Wes Morgan has signed a new contract with the club to June 2019, the Premier League champions said yesterday. The 32-year-old played every minute of Leicester’s title-winning campaign and was a key part of their shock success, forming a rock-solid central defensive partnership with Robert Huth. “To commit my future to Leicester City is a wonderful feeling,” Morgan, who joined the Foxes in January 2012 from r ... Read More

Ja U-17s pound USVI to seal group honours

BY SEAN A WILLIAMS WITH THE UNDER-17 REGGAE BOYZ @ THE CFU PLAY-OFFS in the US Virgin Islands | Wednesday, July 20, 2016    

THOMPSON...
scored in the
83rd minute

ST THOMAS, US Virgin Islands — Jamaica’s Under-17 Reggae Boyz were brutish in their farewell from these isles when they crushed hosts the US Virgin Islands 9-0 in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Group Four World Cup qualifying game at the Lionel Roberts Stadium yesterday. Thriston Briscoe (15th and 40th minutes) and substitute Chad Letts (78th, 84th) led the scoring with two goals each. Other scorers for Jamaica were Cobi Atkinson (29th), Jeremy Verley (32nd), Damani Osei (35th), ... Read More

U-17 Boyz plan to end CFU play-offs with a flourish

BY SEAN A WILLIAMS WITH THE UNDER-17 REGGAE BOYZ @ THE CFU PLAY-OFFS in the US Virgin Islands | Tuesday, July 19, 2016    

Jamaica’s Under-17 striker Raewin Senior (left) about to shoot but is closely watched by defender Kendall Edwards during a training session at the Emile Griffith Ball Park in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, yesterday.

ST THOMAS, US Virgin Islands — Jamaica’s Under-17 Reggae Boyz need only a point to seal up qualification to the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) final round of World Cup qualifying process when they face Cinderalla team the US Virgin Islands (USVI) at the Lionel Roberts Stadium here today. Match time is 4:00 pm (3:00 pm Jamaica time). Antigua and Barbuda and Guyana, who are on three points each, will meet in the curtain-raiser in the four-team tournament two hours earlier. Antigua ar ... Read More

Guyana’s Sewell-Case and his Jamaican connection

BY SEAN A WILLIAMS Deputy Sport Editor | Tuesday, July 19, 2016    

Guyana Under-17 footballer Roberto Sewell-Case Jnr (right) pictured with his Jamaican-born father.

ST THOMAS, US Virgin Islands — The midfielder from Guyana who scored that blistering 20-yard shot on Jamaica’s Tajay Griffiths in their Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Group Four World Cup qualifying game on Friday, has something Jamaican about him. Up close, it was not the unmistakable Jamaican swagger or the colourful accent that distinguished him, but the revelation that Roberto Sewell-Case’s father is a son of the soil. And according to his dad Roberto Snr, they are cousin ... Read More



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