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Vanzie rebounding after mother's death

Published:Wednesday | October 18, 2017 | 11:25 PMNodley Wright
Humble Lion's Andrew Vanzie (right) evades a tackle from Boy's Town's Jamiel Hardware during their Red Stripe Premier League match at the Barbican Complex on Sunday September 24.

For the first time in over a season, national midfielder Andrew Vanzie has looked like a man having fun in his work.

The 26-year-old midfielder even played with a smile on his face and was responsible for his team's go-ahead goal in their 1-1 draw with defending champions Arnett Gardens at Effortville on Sunday. While the draw did not improve Humble Lion's position significantly, it stemmed their slide of successive defeats and brought some satisfaction to the player.

"The coach has always told us to go out there and enjoy ourselves, to share the ball and that kind of thing, and I really felt the game today. It was intense. We played with and intensity, we were patient and really shared the ball. I got a goal for the team and that is part of my job. It was great," a satisfied Vanzie said at the end of the game.

That feeling, Vanzie confessed, was a turnaround from what has been taking place with him for the last season.

"I am getting back there to where I was. I lost my way with some issues but I am on my way back. I am working hard.

"My mother died and that was on my head so I kinda lost focus. This happened last season but I am getting over it. She was sick, really really bad. I tried my best to help her but it did not work," explained the former Portmore United player, the pain still evident in his eyes.

With the good feeling coming out of Sunday's game, Vanzie is confident that only positives will happen for him and his football career from here onwards.

"I plan to take each game as it comes and I will use each and every training session to correct the things that I need to correct. The example needs to be set and I will have to show my leadership there as I am one of the senior members of the team," Vanzie said.

The national team is still very much a part of his plan, he said.

"I still see myself as a contender for a spot in the national team but I just have to keep working hard and doing my best until that call comes," the midfielder said.