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Tivoli FC's absence could have negative effect - Green

Published:Monday | August 11, 2014 | 8:00 AM
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Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Veteran football player and Tivoli Gardens stalwart Steve Green believes that if Tivoli Gardens Football Club does not participate in the 2014-15 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), it is going to have a devastating effect on the West Kingston community.

Edward Seaga, president of Tivoli Gardens FC, said on Friday in a media release that a lack of sponsorship could force the club out of this season's competition.

Seaga said the club has fallen short of the amount of funds targeted to finance the team in the Premier League because of a fall-out of major sponsorships due to economic stress.

Green, who resides in Tivoli Gardens, told The Gleaner in an interview on Saturday that the club's absence from the league could have dire effects on the community.

"Without the football, it is going to be chaos, because a lot of people are going to take on a lot of negative things because there won't be any sporting activities taking place in the community to make the people them happy and have a joy," said Green, who first represented Tivoli Gardens while still a schoolboy.

"This can cause roadblocks and protests, because a lot of youths in the community are going to move to a lot of negative things, and football is the thing that takes away a lot of those negative things from them," said Green.

The attacking player, who won four national Premier League titles with the club during his 19-year stint, added that football is the backbone of the community.

live and breathe football

"The people in Tivoli live and breathe football, because when Tivoli comes out and play, the people just feel happy and joyful," said the 37-year-old.

"Even when the players are not getting paid, they are always willing to go out and play just for the community," he reasoned.

"I know that when Tivoli lose on a Sunday, a lot of people can't eat their dinner, and so this is always a talking point in the community, whenever we lose a match, because the people love the team," Green noted.

A former national representative, Green remains hopeful that a sponsor will step in and help the club with the funds needed to participate in this season's competition.

"Right now, I am still in shock, but still I feel that people are going to come on board and make this happen for us because the league is not going to be the same without Tivoli," Green pointed out.