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Charity clash at Waterhouse - Waterhouse players get chance to showcase talent in front of top agent

Published:Thursday | December 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey
Craig Butler (left) president of St Andrews FC in Malta and Donovan White, president of Waterhouse FC, at yesterday's press briefing to announce Sunday's charity match between Waterhouse and St Andrews at the Waterhouse Football Stadium. The press briefing was held at The jamaica Pegasus hotel.

Donovan White, the president of Red Stripe Premier League leaders Waterhouse, says Sunday’s international charity match against Maltese club St Andrews FC at the Waterhouse Football Stadium is a great opportunity for his players to showcase their talents in front of international agent Zouhair Essikal from Belgium.

Essikal, who is visiting the island for the first time, currently works for Base Soccer Agency, one of the biggest football agencies in the world.

Speaking after a press conference at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel  yesterday to announce the charity match, White said the players from both clubs are looking forward to Sunday’s encounter as they seek to put on a good show in front of the home fans.


“I think it is great for the game,” said White.  “We believe that we have good quality talent in Jamaica and we have to put them on show because if  they are not on show then nobody will see them. This is an opportunity to put our players on show in front of the world and say take a look.”

Part proceeds from the match will go towards children living with cancer at the Jamaica Cancer Society and according to White, they are very happy about this venture.  

“I think it is the right thing to do because cancer is such a cruel disease and it has taken many lives,” White who is also Jamaica's director of tourism, said.  

“Our own coach Marcel Gayle lost his father to cancer and so we feel that our ability to give back something to people who are suffering from cancer is an opportunity that we couldn’t miss,” White stated.

Craig Butler, president of St Andrews FC, said he is very delighted to be involved because most of his players are from Jamaica and they will have the opportunity to parade their skills on home soil.   

“It is very important that these players get to show Jamaica what they can do,” said Butler, who is also the president of Phoenix Academy.  

“They are super talented and every scout overseas that has seen them know that they are good and now its an opportunity to see them play together as team,” Butler said. Nine Jamaicans currently wear the colours of St Andrews FC and they will be joined on the field by German Bundesliga star, Jamaica's Leon Bailey, and his brother Kyle Butler. The game is scheduled to kick-off at 7 p.m.  The feature match will be preceded by an Under-17 game between Waterhouse and Phoenix Academy starting at 5 p.m.