first_imgMIAMI (AP):CONCACAF’s referee department will be reviewed following controversial decisions in the Gold Cup.”The foundation of our game is fair play, and we must take the required steps to reinforce the importance of this principle,” CONCACAF president Alfredo Hawit said yesterday.Panama and Costa Rica made requests to CONCACAF after each loss to Mexico in the Gold Cup knockout rounds with the help of a questionable penalty kick.Panama players posed with a banner after their semi-final loss, calling CONCACAF “corruptos ladrones” (corrupt thieves), and Panamanian federation president Pedro Chaluja said, “we feel that that game was fixed.”The next day, Hawit announced American that referee Mark Geiger admitted he had made mistakes in the match.last_img read more

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Guyana Jaguars will begin the defence of their WICB first-class Professional Cricket League crown when they face Windward Islands Volcanoes at home on the opening day of the season on November 6.The West Indies Cricket Board yesterday announced the fixtures for the six-team tournament, which comprises ten home-and-away rounds and runs until March 21 next year.However, the championship is to be punctuated by three breaks – following the third, fifth and eighth rounds – with the longest of these a near two-month hiatus from mid-December to mid-February in which time the Regional Super50 will be contested in January.Jaguars ran away with the inaugural four-day title last season, amassing 148 points to be well clear of second-placed Barbados Pride on 117 points.Good recordThe Georgetown-based franchise won eight of their ten games and lost just once – a freakish two-run defeat to Pride in the third round after being set just 69 to win.In the other first-round matches, Pride will host Jamaica Scorpions at Kensington Oval while Leeward Islands Hurricanes welcome Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts.Pride and Scorpions – who eventually finished fourth – failed to garner an outright result in either fixture last season, with both games finishing in draws, and will be hoping for better fortunes this time around.Meanwhile, Hurricanes and Red Force will be focussed on much improved campaigns following nightmare runs last season when they each managed just two wins.last_img read more

first_imgThere were two very contrasting football results over the past weekend. Two matches were played at the National Stadium, one on Friday November 13 and the other the following Saturday. Both matches drew impressive crowd numbers and the results were a textbook study of contrasts. The match on Friday was a World Cup Qualifying (WCQ) encounter, the first of the second stage of the competition. The team selected had previously done very well in international competition, doing well against some of the top teams in the world, then moving on to the Gold Cup in North America, where we finished as the runners-up to Mexico. Of significance during those glory days of satisfactory results were reports of discontent among the players and the hierarchy of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), and in particular its smooth-talking President for life, Captain Horace Burrell. We did get reports of meetings just before important games of some players threatening to strike if promised payments and conditions were not met. Practices were abandoned, sponsorship agreements either postponed or reluctantly attended and an air of discontent could not be hidden from visual reports of the team on tour. However, after showing the Jamaican fans, and indeed the world, that at long last Jamaica’s football demanded respect, what seems to be the real motive of the players emerged. They do not perform for the love of representing their country. They perform for (a) the monetary reward and (b) to show their skills on an international stage, thus improving their chances of improved football contracts. Thus we had them abandoning the team in important matches for ‘personal reasons’, which ranged from ‘being with family’ to ‘going for a visa interview’. Thus Jamaica lost matches, tumbled down the international rankings, and came to being minutes away from failing to move to the present stage of WCQ. Assembled in Jamaica for a crucial home match against tough rivals Panama, the same old attitude and thought process reigned supreme. Then instead of levelling with an anxious public about the truth behind a delayed practice at ‘The Office’, our arrogant leader of Jamaica’s football behaves as if a reporter’s questions re the protracted meeting at the training venue, where shouts were heard coming from the meeting room, constituted an “annoyance”. The result was a display of the worst football seen at ‘The Office’ by a Jamaican team in years. Incompetence and plain “don’t care” seemed to be the order of the day. Thus: Panama 2 Jamaica 0. So it is on to Haiti, with again one of our key players not on the trip for ‘personal reasons’. The Reggae Boyz, when focused and ready, have the skills to bounce back and still qualify for the World Cup Finals in 2018. But the question to be answered is this: How long will the public be prepared to put up with repeated displays of disrespect from players and, President while hoping against hope that we will qualify for Russia? FLOW Super Cup On Saturday, November 14, at the same venue of the previous night’s debacle, the final of the FLOW Super Cup was played between St George’s College (StGC) and Jamaica College (JC). This time, the match was played by members of two teams (schoolboys) who gave their all for coach and school. Fans were treated to a match of such quality that spectators watched open mouth, in awe as StGC displayed skills that drew comparison to the great Barcelona! Well done, StGC! This display re-emphasises the point that our own local footballers, if given the chance, coaching, and exposure, can be groomed and trained to be a force to be reckoned with in global football If those in administration with the ability to think outside of their own financial well-being could identify a squad of young local ballers and keep them together in a year-long training and playing group, then we can qualify for another senior World Cup Finals. The present “formula” has consistently failed and will fail again, until we give our home-grown talent a chance. It can be done; however, not with the present hierarchy of the JFF. They have shown, time and time again, that as long as they are rewarded with trips and cash, nothing will change. We the football fans of Jamaica deserve better.last_img read more

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC):Regional players union West Indies Players Association (WIPA) has hailed Shiv Chanderpaul as a “consummate professional” who made a “priceless” contribution to the sport.The West Indies Cricket Board announced Friday that the 41-year-old Chanderpaul had called time on his 22-year international career after he wrote to indicate he would no longer be available for selection.WIPA president and chief executive, Wavell Hinds, said he had been fortunate enough to play with Chanderpaul throughout his career and had seen his qualities up close.PRICELESS CONTRIBUTION”As a fan, to witness him play was to see a player of grit and determination. Having the honour of playing alongside him, I certainly saw a consummate professional who gave his all for West Indies cricket,” said Hinds, a former Windies player.”Shiv’s contribution to the game has been priceless and we wish him the utmost success in his future endeavours.”Chanderpaul played a record 164 Tests, piling up 11,867 runs with an average of 51 to be second on the all-time West Indies run-scorers list behind Brian Lara with 11 953 runs.He also managed 30 hundreds.Chanderpaul also played in 268 ODI matches, scoring 8,778 runs with an average of 41.60.He was axed last May ahead of Australia’s tour of the Caribbean, following a run of low scores in three Test series against South Africa and England.last_img read more

first_imgPint-sized striker Peter Keyes thought he had unlocked a victory for Boys’ Town over defending champions Arnett Gardens in the Trench Town derby on Monday night, when he fired his team ahead in the 46th minute.His hopes were dashed in the 54th minute when defender Dicoy Williams headed home a Marcelino Blackburn cross to tie the scores.”Scoring was a good feeling and the way we played is work in progress. Since the last month, we have put in some hard training and it is paying off. The last two games I have scored back-to-back goals, so it is a good sign,” said Keyes, who was disappointed not to win the game.”The goal against us was a mishap between the defenders and the goalkeeper. We had a slip-up and paid the price, but it is always good to get a point away from home.”We came into the game with positive thoughts; hoping to win or even come home with a draw, but we can’t curse ourselves. We really played well in stages and came home with a point, and that is good enough,” the former Vauxhall High Manning Cup player said.While most people would have written off Boys’ Town’s chances of advancing to the semi-final, the player who is in his second stint at Boys’ Town after stops at Waterhouse and Cavalier believes they have a realistic chance.”The aim is to stay in the League and remain competitive. The semi-finals are still not out of our reach. The fourth-placed team is on 39 points and we are on 35 points and with four games to go, that is 12 points, so if we continue to work hard and get some three points here and there, it is not impossible,” said Keyes.Despite being on the wrong side of his career, Keyes, like most players in the League, still harbours thoughts of a much-coveted national cap.”I am 29 and once you are playing and performing and you have condition, it is never out of your mind. You always have a national call in the back of your mind. I have been working hard over the years and if one should come right now, I would grasp it with both hands,” said the man who has so far scored six goals this season.last_img read more

first_imgLUCAS STREET, Barbados, (CMC):Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs conjured up a career-best six-wicket haul as Jamaica Scorpions thrashed ICC Americas by five wickets in their final Group B game of the Regional Super50 here yesterday.Opting to bowl first at the Windward Cricket Club in the east of the island, Scorpions ripped through the ICC Americas’ innings to send them tumbling for 133 off 31 overs.The 32-year-old Jacobs was the main architect of the ICC Americas demise, claiming six for 34 from his 10 overs as the development side collapsed from 89 for two in the 17th over, losing their last eight wickets for 44 runs.Opener Hamza Tariq top-scored with 32 and Alex Amsterdam hit 28, but they were the only two to pass 20.NEVER IN DOUBTIn reply, the game appeared open when Scorpions slid to 48 for three in the 10th over, but once Andre McCarthy entered to punch a run-a-ball 47, and Devon Thomas, an attacking 43, the result was never in doubt.Left-arm spinner Saad bin Zafar (2-29) and seamer Mohammed Ali Khan (2-32) picked up two wickets apiece.Scorpions ended their preliminary-round campaign with 28 points from six wins and two defeats while ICC Americas’ record was a sorry one, with a single win from their eight games.Any hopes of altering their fortunes were quickly dashed when they lost Kamau Leverock (14) and captain Nitish Kumar (1) cheaply with only 23 runs on the board in the eighth over.Left-hander Leverock was taken at the wicket off speedster Renard Leveridge in the fifth over while Kumar was bowled by left-armer Gavon Brown.However, Tariq and Amsterdam then counter-attacked in an entertaining stand of 66, which required only 54 deliveries.While opener Tariq belted three sixes in a 51-ball knock, Amsterdam faced 32 balls and counted five fours. The partnership was threatening when both fell in successive overs.Jacobs bowled Tariq in the 17th before off-spinner John Campbell bowled Amsterdam in the 18th.The innings then folded swiftly as Jacobs snared four of the last six wickets to fall.last_img read more