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Reno can ‘step up to the plate’ - Paharsingh

Published:Monday | September 7, 2015 | 9:00 AMLivingston Scott
Reno's scoring machine, Craig Foster, jumps to control the ball ahead of Harbour View's Renico Clarke (partly hidden), during a Red Stripe Premier League football match at Harbour View Stadium last season. The influential striker has left Reno for the United Soccer League.
Reno FC president, Paharsingh.
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Last season's Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) top scorer, Craig Foster, was almost single-handedly responsible for keeping Reno in the league. Foster's 20 goals saw him finish as top scorer, but the former national youth star has moved to Harrisburg in the United Soccer League (USL).

Although Reno vice-president Ishmael Paharsingh admitted that this season will be very difficult without their talisman, he noted that they have retained almost all their other players and is confident that heir young prodigies can deliver.

"Things are not bad; we have most of the players from last season and we have a few additions, so having most of the core from last season means we have a steady team," he said.

"We have lost Craig Foster (Harrisburg) ,and Codean Smikle is gone to Rivoli, but we have the rest of players and we have Roshane Sharpe from Jamalco and Teian Gayle, so we have two replacements there," he noted.

Young and capable

Although filling the boots of Foster will be no small task, Paharsingh believes his young troops have what it takes to start the season well, like they did last term, maintain it all the way through, and earn themselves a semi-final spot.

"The other players will have to step up. We have young players who can step up to the plate like Afiba Chambers, Teian (Gayle) and others, so we can step up to the plate.

"We can rediscover that form (early last season) and we are hoping to. We had a tour of the Turks (& Caicos Islands) and the team didn't look bad. We want to be in the top four and we have the ability with all our young players," he stated.

Vastly experienced former national technical director and head coach, Wendell Downswell, is the technical director for the team and he is assisted by Godfrey Drummond and Junior Francis.