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Nestle selects lucky five to FC Barcelona experience

Published:Thursday | September 21, 2017 | 12:18 AM
The lucky 5 heading to FC Barcelona pictured here with Nestle's marketing manager Sean Wallace (left) and country manager – Daniel Caron (back, centre). The players are (from second left) Sean Salmon of Montego Bay FC, Tariq Ximinies and Kevon Wilson of Harbour View FC, Matthew Rose of Central Kingston FC and Romane Blake of Waterhouse FC.

Five Jamaican Under-13 footballers now have good reason to celebrate after being selected winners in the Nestle Milo One-Day Tournament on Sunday September 17 at the Football Factory.

The talented five that emerged included Matthew Rose of Central Kingston FC; Sean Salmon of Montego Bay United FC; Romane Blake of Waterhouse FC, and Harbour View's Tariq Ximinies and Kevon Wilson.

The young men, represent Under-13 teams from the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) and Montego Bay football clubs.

Sixteen teams participated in the one-day tournament that gave players the opportunity to showcase their football skills and secure a space in a contingent heading to Barcelona from October 14-18 courtesy of Nestle Milo.

 

Rewarding talent

 

Nestle Jamaica marketing manager Sean Wallace underscored the significance of the tournament and the rewarding of upcoming talent in the football fraternity to Nestle and Milo as a brand, solidifying Milo's objective to promote an active lifestyle through sporting activities.

"The boys selected here will participate in classroom and on-field training exercises with the coaches at FC Barcelona," Wallace said.

Additionally, they will tour the city of Barcelona and the FC Barcelona facility a once in a lifetime experience for these players."

Following the announcement of the five, Miguel Coley, technical director and technical committee member who selected the players said: "It was a challenging feat, selecting from the pool of players, as many displayed the required acumen to be selected for this opportunity.

I believe we had some very competent players, even from teams that didn't advance from the quarter-finals, but we have definitely selected the best quality players," he ended.

The technical committee selected the five players using specific criteria, namely technical ability, integration, and deportment throughout the tournament.

Harbour View topped the tournament in a penalty shootout over Real Mona FC, while Central Kingston were third.