Pembroke Hall to play int'l football tourney
A group of 13 players and three officials from the Pembroke Hall High School will leave the island this Friday for the 12th Annual Bazooka Soccer College Showcase at the Northwest Complex Apopka, Florida in the United States, from March 4-5. The team is scheduled return on March 7.
The full squad of 18 players was not able to make the trip due as seven players and assistant coach Levi Monroe were denied visas. Nevertheless, Matthew Brown, the school's sports manager is confident they can still win the tournament and claim a few of the many scholarships on offer.
"We did have issues with visas. Our assistant coach (Monroe) was turned down and about seven players (as well). Luckily, we had other players with visas, that we could use as substitutes. But some of the student we really wanted to bring, we couldn't. Also our head coach (Andre Burke) was having a problem, but they called me from the embassy and asked me a few questions about him and then they granted him.
CONFIDENT OF VICTORY
"But we are going to win. I can feel it. We are the first (Jamaican) high school going there to play, and we intend to make our name ... There will be college coaches from all over the United States. They will come to watch the best players and offer them scholarships on the spot; that's the main aim," he said.
"Most of the players are grade 11 students and we want to get scholarships for most of them. I have brought teams to Miami Classics and students have received scholarships. That is what we want to do for footballers now, because they haven't gotten a chance until now," he added.
The team has been preparing since December and Brown hopes they don't get cold feet and put in a much better display than in the Manning Cup.
"They didn't do too well in the Manning Cup and we decided that we still wanted to try with them. They train everyday and they are looking ready, but I hope they don't go and get frightened," he added.