No bitter blood between H'View and MoBay
Montego Bay United captain, Dwayne Ambusley, does not think the summer-transfer feud between Harbour View and the western Jamaica club over teenage standout Jourdain Fletcher and Dushane Beckford has heightened tensions ahead of the teams meeting in their opening Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) game at Harbour View complex tomorrow at 7:00 p.m.
However, he believes the former champions will face their most challenging season in six years as they are currently going through a rebuilding phase.
"Not really (don't think transfer feud will make game tense). It shouldn't be that way, but football is about being comfortable and if they (Fletcher and Beckford) are not comfortable being here, then we have to work with it," Ambusley stated.
The experienced player is, however, bracing for what he expects will be the club's most testing campaign in the competition.
"It's the first time in six seasons that it will be this challenging. We have been through it before, but this season it is different, so we are keeping our fingers crossed."
He noted that the squad is filled with inexperienced players while noting that the onus was now on the senior players like himself, Ronaldo Rodney, Ladale Richie, Jacomena Barrett and Keneil Kirlew, to guide the youngsters. Ambusley underlined that it was extremely important that the team achieved some level stability in the early rounds of the competition.
"The aim is to blood the young players and see how they cope and set themselves up for the next stage, that would be victory for us. Our ambition is to always be challenging, but we are rebuilding and we have eight months to work on it. So we are looking for stability then we can look how far it can take us," said Ambusley.
"Some of the youths are very young, 17, 18, 19 (years-old) and some of them didn't play for a traditional high school that was looking to win, so the onus is on the senior players to really help them through it, and that's what we are trying to do."
He added that they have no fears going into the opening fixture against Harbour View.
"We don't usually win our first game, so we are not nervous. But we are MoBay and we will give our all. We will not give in," Ambusley assured.