Meadowbrook looking for mental strength
Meadowbrook High School Manning Cup coach Neo Oxford has sought the assistance of psychological experts to boost the confidence of his players as they try to get out of the group stage of this year's ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup football competition.
Oxford's side lost 4-1 in their opening encounter against Group C favourites Charlie Smith High School at the Meadowbrook Community Centre on Saturday, but he believes that if his boys had more confidence in themselves, the results might have been different.
"The mental aspect of the team is the problem, and we are working on that," Oxford said. "We have brought in people to help us there, and I think if we resolve those issues, then we can make it to the second round. We Challenged for some of the match. For about 40 minutes, it was 2-1. It is good that we started off with the team that should be topping the zone, so the only way is up from here."
Oxford is looking to achieve something that he has not been able to achieve in the three years he has overseen the football programme - advancing to the second round of the competition.
"The plan is to come out of the first round of the competition this year. We are drawn in a very tough group. Three of the five other teams have won the competition before, but we are up for the challenge, and if we can get over that confidence issue, then we think we can advance," Oxford said.
Meadowbrook are scheduled to play Camperdown High School in their next match tomorrow.
Group C consists of Charlie Smith High, Camperdown High, Norman Manley High, Jonathan Grant High, Meadowbrook and Eltham High.