KSAFA All-Stars coach rubbishes bias claims
The KSAFA All-Stars football team currently leads the East Zone of the JFF-Digicel Elite Under-18 parish league with maximum nine points, after three wins from as many games. However, the team make-up has come under some scrutiny because the majority of the All-Stars players represent the high schools otherwise coached by its trainers.
KSAFA head coach Raymond Watson also helms Kingston COllege's Under-16 and Under 14 teams, while Jamaica College Manning Cup head coach Miguel Coley is the technical director.
The team also comprises eight Jamaica College players: Tyreek McGee, Tevin Rochester, Oquin Robinson, Terrence Francis, Payge Sinclair, Norman Campbell, Milton Walford and Demale Sinclair. Its four Kingston College representatives are Devonte Brancroft, Jordan Peterkin, Mikhail Lumsden and Trey Bennett.
NOT A DELIBERATE ACT
But Watson explained that it was a complication of events that led to this situation and that it was not deliberate act on the part of the coaches.
"All the clubs were notified by KSAFA to send two or three players in the age group to training. Some clubs send players and some didn't. But one of the reasons some didn't send players was they were saying that some of their players were playing Major and Super League and some wanted the players to play Under-20 competition.
"But from the outset of this (Elite) league, the games were scheduled to be played on Saturday, so I can't blame the clubs, because they have rival competitions being played on a Saturday. So when the organisers invited the clubs to send players, they should have said the Under-20 games will be played during the week to facilitate this competition.
"But the Super League and Major League games are also played on Saturdays, so you can't knock the clubs too hard, because if send their best players and the players represent KSAFA on a Saturday, and on the same Saturday, the club has a Super League games, then the clubs will be in problems," he said.
However, he says that so far, they have put together a successful combination from what's available, and he is confident of winning the inaugural tournament.
"I am quietly confident that we are going to win. These players come from different schools, but they believe in me, and I see the commitment in them. I am very confident that they will do it," he said.