For the first time in a decade, Jamaica will send a team to a regional U-19 Women’s Competition.

The coach of the Antigua national team Derrick Edwards and its equipment manager Danny Benjamin have called for the release of the report surrounding their arrest for possession of marijuana, during a trip to Jamaica with the team last year.

The two were arrested for drug possession at the Norman Manley airport in Jamaica, in March 2018, after a quantity of marijuana was found in the team’s equipment bags.  The officials were, however, lately acquitted after insufficient evidence was gathered.

The Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) as a result commissioned an official investigation into details surrounding the incident but have yet to make the findings public.

    “The football president needs to, at least, deal with that part of the investigation and let the public know exactly what’s going on; because, since in Jamaica, I promised the public that the truth will be told and I am still for that, because you went away to represent your country and people have to give account of what they have done,” Benjamin told the Antigua Observer.  Edwards, who claims he has moved on from the incident was in complete agreement.

“I totally forgive the individuals who have really did it, but at the end of the day an investigation was carried out and that chapter needs to come to a close. The families also need to see this thing over. They need to make their enquiries and make sure that this thing is over,” he said.

Former Jamaica Reggae Boyz midfielder Jobi McAnuff has insisted he could not play with Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, following the player’s recent controversial comments after teammate Moise Kean was racially abused.

Bonucci, the Juventus captain, claimed blame could be apportioned 50-50 after Kean was subject to monkey chants from sections of the Cagliari crowd and celebrated in front of the fans after scoring.  The defender does not believe, the 19-year-old Moise should have celebrated in front of the spectators.

 “It’s disappointing in this day and age with everything that’s happened, we still have to go through incidents like this,” McAnuff said on The Football Show (TFS).

“The Juventus situation, for me, if my captain had come out said those things, me as a black player, I couldn’t play under him again. It would be that serious for me,” he added.

“It’s great now that players are taking a stand and it’s because they have to because there’s not enough being done by authorities around the world and for me, the next step is going to be leaving the field of play.”

Bonucci, who saw his comments widely criticized, later claimed the statement was ‘misunderstood’ and that any form of racial abuse was unacceptable.

The Jamaica national team is slated to face the United States in a friendly international scheduled for June 5 at the Audi Field in Washington.

The match will serve part of both team’s final preparations for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which will kick off on July 15.  The match will be the first between the teams since the United States defeated Jamaica 2-1 in the 2017 Gold Cup final.

The USA has traditionally dominated the fixture, with the Jamaicans having to wait until 2012 to record their first win in 25 games.  The Jamaicans, however, also eliminated the United States from the semi-finals of the 2015 Gold Cup, before going on to lose to the United States.

The teams have had contrasting results in their last couple of matches.  The United States registered comfortable 3-0 and 2-0 wins over Panama and Costa Rica, respectively, while Jamaica suffered losses to El Salvador and Costa Rica.

Jamaica are currently 54th in the FIFA World Rankings. Mexico (17th), the U.S. (25th), and Costa Rica (37th) are the only higher-ranked CONCACAF teams.

Jamaica head coach Theodore Whitmore insists the team does not want to drop its usually high standards, heading into the Gold Cup, on the back of a poor performance against El Salvador at the weekend.

An uncharacteristically poor performance in the Concacaf Nation’s League, at the Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador on Saturday saw the team fall to a 2-0 loss.  The loss was the first for the Jamaica team in the competition, prior to that scoring Cayman Islands, 4-0 at the National Stadium in Kingston in their opening game followed by a 6-0 thrashing of Bonaire in Curacao and a 2-1 victory against Suriname at Catherine Hall Stadium in Montego Bay.

“The Gold Cup is coming up and the team did very well by reaching the finals in the last two editions in 2015 and 2017, and we don't want to drop that standard,” Whitmore said in an interview with the Jamaica Observer.

“I also want to give everybody here a chance to see what they have to offer which will help us in the selection of the Gold Cup squad,” he added.

On the eve of the 109th staging of the ISSA Boys and Girls Championships, title sponsor GraceKennedy has released a statement condemning the recent incident in which a teacher claimed he was assaulted by two of Calabar High School’s star athletes on December 15, 2018.

A pair of second-half penalties kept Mount Pleasant and UWI on even terms, following a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) match at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex on Sunday.

The UWI took command of the encounter early on and took a 21st-minute lead when midfielder Ramoun Reid drifted into the area to dispatch a powerful header into the back of the net.

Mount Pleasant were kept out the match for long spells but found themselves back on level terms when Sue-Lae McCalla found a powerful header of his own in the 60th minute, after arriving.  Their lead did not last long, however, as UWI were awarded a 68th-minute penalty after defender Ricardo Campbell was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area.  Ryan Miller converted coolly from the spot to restore UWI’s advantage.

Mount Pleasant would be awarded a spot kick of their own when Xavian Virgo was brought down in the area, after cutting in from the right flank.  The promoted team forward Francios Swaby held his nerve to once again bring his team level with a well-taken penalty.

 

 

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz were handed a shock 2-0 by El Salvador in the CONCACAF Nation’s League on Saturday, the team’s first loss of the competition this season.

The Jamaican’s found themselves on the backfoot after uncharacteristically sloppy play from custodian Andre Blake.  The hosts took the lead in the 49th minute after Blake coughed up a routine cross into the area from a set-piece unto the boot of Nelson Wilfredo, who tapped home from two yards out.

The night got even stranger for the Jamaicans. They found themselves two goals behind, in the 85th minute, after what appeared to be an attempted header back to Blake, from defender Andre Lowe, bounced wide of the custodian and ended up in the back of the net.   To add insult to injury, the visitors were reduced to 10-men when striker Darren Mattocks was sent off in time added on.

In other results,  Dominica topped Bahamas 4-0 on the strength of goals from Julian Wade (24’, 35’), Travist Joseph (30’) and Briel Thomas (85’).  That was followed by a breathtaking encounter between neighbours Sint Maarten and Saint Martin in which the Dutch side of the island emerged victorious 4-3.

 A Danilo Cocks own goal (10’) plus scores from Smally Lake (23’) and Remsley Boelijn (30’) via penalty countered an Akim Arrondell goal (11’) to give Sint Maarten a 3-1 halftime lead. Cocks made up for his earlier miscue in the 52’ to make it 3-2, only for Lake to score his second (59’). Wrubens Dupalus’ penalty conversion in the 80’ cut the deficit to 4-3 but Sint Maarten would hang on for the win.

 Guyana edged Belize 2-1 with goals from Neil Danns (16’) and Emery Welshman (43’), offsetting a score from Elroy Kuyen (25’) to collect the three points and move to sixth place in the 34-team table.

Antigua and Barbuda then stunned first-place Curacao with a resounding 2-1 home win.  Suriname put itself in the Gold Cup mix with a big 2-0 win over Saint Kitts and Nevis. Stefano Rijssel (38’) and Ivenzo Comvalius (71’) did the damage against the Sugar Boys.

Former West Indies Cricket team manager Ricky Skerritt has been appointed as the new president of Cricket West Indies (CWI) after securing the necessary votes at the association’s Annual General Meeting, at the Jamaica Pegasus on Sunday.

By the official count, Skerritt and his running mate Dr Kishore Shallow defeated incumbents Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron and Emmanuel Nanthan by an 8-4 margin.  Unofficially, it is reported that Skerritt and Shallow managed to secure the support of Trinidad and Tobago, Leeward Islands, Windward Islands and Camron’s home nation Jamaica.  The incumbents Cameron and Nantan are believed to have received the support of Barbados and Guyana.

The result ended a three-term spell for the Jamaican, which spanned a six-year period.  Cameron was first elected to the office in 2013 when he toppled former St Lucian diplomat Julian Hunte, to whom he had served as vice-president from 2007 until he took office.  During his tenure, Cameron has been credited with implementing improved retainer contracts for players and officials, restructuring the regional competitions and improved relations with the West Indies Player’s Association (WIPA).  On his watch, the Windies team while struggling in the world rankings, claimed two T20 world titles, and the women’s and youth titles. 

Heading into the election the Kittitian Skerritt had painted the incumbent as not having enough of a pro-cricket stance with his governance and failing to commit to the establishment of term limits.   

Jamaica has won the right to host the third Carifta Triathlon, Aquathlon and Mixed Relay Championships set for August 17 and 18 and Jewels Resorts in Runaway Bay, St. Ann.

The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, has described as “a great display” the performance by Jamaica’s team to the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi.

Two-time Hero CPL champions, the Jamaica Tallawahs are to remain in Jamaica, sources close to the franchise have told Sportsmax.TV.

National Under-20 standout for Jamaica, Nicque Daley, is now a Charleston Battery player after signing a four-year deal with the United States Soccer League outfit. 

The Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) have both expressed regret at the passing of former Jamaica player William Haye.

A mammoth score and centuries from Shemaine Campbelle and Stafanie Taylor and a record score highlighted the second round of the Colonial Medical Insurance Women’s Super50 Cup on Tuesday.

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