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Maverley, Brazil battle for Premier League spot

Published:Sunday | June 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp
Head coach of Maverley/Hughenden, Lijyasu Simms.

Maverley-Hughenden FC and Brazil FC will battle for a spot in next season's Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) when the teams meet in the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)-Charley's J B Rum play-off series today at Drax Hall in St Ann, starting at 3:30 p.m.

In the day's other game, Granville United FC hosts Jamalco FC at Granville Community Centre in St James, also at 3:30 p.m.

The four-team home-and- away series heads into the penultimate round, with Jamalco already advancing to the RSPL for the first time.


Maximum points


South Central Confederation Super League winners, Jamalco, cemented one of two spots in the nation's top-flight football when they edged Brazil 1-0 three days ago. That win pushed them to maximum 12 points, and they can only be overtaken by Maverley-Hughenden, who are in second position on seven points. Brazil are in third on four points, while Granville are rooted at the bottom without a point and out of contention.

A win for the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA)-Charley's J B Rum Super League champions Maverley-Hughenden today would qualify them for next season's Super League.

However, Eastern Confed-eration Super League champions, Brazil, must win to remain in contention. With that in mind, the game could be highly tactical.

"We will take a very serious approach to the game against Brazil. We need to get the three points in order to qualify. The players are very happy and just enjoying the moment," head coach of Maverley-Hughenden, Lijyasu Simms told The Sunday Gleaner.

Maverley-Hughenden will rely on their top marksman Phillip Peddie, captain Andrew Peddlar, Wayne Williams, Paul Stewart and veteran Kasai Hinds to pull through.

On the other hand, Brazil's camp is well aware that a loss will end their chances of playing Premier League football next season.

"Well, going into the game, we will treat it like a final. We need to win to keep alive in the race. The players have vowed to work hard towards the victory," Brazil's head coach David Galloway disclosed.

Brazil's main players include Carlos Campbell and Pecheeko Green.